b. December 9, 1956, West Warwick
Hood is a writer of novels, short stories, and non-fiction essays and memoirs. Several of her works use Rhode Island as a setting, including Waiting to Vanish (1988), The Properties of Water (1995), Ruby (1999), The Knitting Circle (2007), The Red Thread (2010), How I Saved My Father's Life (And Ruined Everything Else) (2008), and She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah) (2018).
Hood attended West Warwick High School and earned a B.A. in English from URI. As a teen she worked at Jordan Marsh and was the Rhode Island rep for Seventeen magazine.