Friday, April 1, 2016

Books: Interview with Award Winning and Bestselling Writer Pamela Fagan Hutchins

We have a great interview today with award winning and bestselling writer Pamela Fagan Hutchins. She has just released a new book, Hell to Pay, a pulse-pounder full of humor and heart from the What Doesn't Kill You romantic mystery series.  

Pamela, tell us a little about our background and where you are from.  

I was born and raised in Texas, but I’ve also spent ten years in the U.S. Virgin Islands, significant time in New Mexico, and a short stint in Minnesota. My husband and I split our time now between Nowheresville, TX and Snowheresville, WY. I’m a lawyer who turned into an investigator who turned into a writer, and, along the way, the lucky wife of Eric, Momela to five offspring (birth and step), and enthusiastic hiker and karaoke singer.

That sounds like a life full of adventure! So from lawyer to investigator to writer, when exactly did you realize you wanted to write, and when did you start writing? 

I started writing seriously in my 30s, but my third grade teacher told my parents I would be a novelist when I grew up. Eric and I took her to dinner during a recent book tour to thank her! I didn’t actually finish a novel until Eric started prodding me. It’s a scary thing to go for your dreams. Before you try, you have your dreams. After you try, if you fail, what will you have, you know? But reality has turned out far better than I had ever dreamed it would.

What a way to make your dreams come true! Great story! What genre do you write and what's your target audience? 

I write smart, funny, romantic mysteries in a series called What Doesn’t Kill You. It features a revolving lineup of kick ass female protagonists who are connected to each other in a million ways in my make-believe world. It always shocks me how many men love my books, because I assumed that my readers would all be women 25-75. While that is my core demographic, it’s definitely not limited to them.

I'm sure you have readers of all ages! How many books have you published? Do you have a favorite?

Hell to Pay is my seventh novel in the What Doesn’t Kill You series, and I also have six nonfiction books. Hell to Pay is my favorite, seriously. Before that, it was Finding Harmony. My husband’s favorite is Going for Kona. To each his own, I guess. Or, put another way, my series has something for everyone!

Awesome! What is your favorite quote, and who wrote it? 

Well-behaved women seldom make history. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

Perfect, and I guess you use it as an inspiration to your female characters! If you could name a favorite author, who would it be? And what's your favorite book? Has this author or book influenced your writing in any way? 

Pat Conroy, and my favorite book of his is The Great Santini. Pat’s amazing description, setting, and emotion created such authenticity and depth. He is really unmatched, and his writing had a profound impact on me as a person and on my writing.

I love that book too! And since you write cozy romance, do you consider yourself an optimistic, hopeful and/or romantic person? 

I am pragmatic and realistic. My husband is the optimistic, hopeful romantic of our relationship.

That's why you two are perfect for each other! What are you working on now?

I am currently at work on the 8th novel for the What Doesn’t Kill You series. It will feature Michele as the protagonist, and it’s a mystery that dips into the art and political scenes.

Sounds like a cool plot! Tell us where can we find out more about you and your work.

You can buy my books anywhere and they are available in paperback, ebook, and audio. I have more information on the books and me as well as links to all the sales sites at http://pamelafaganhutchins.com/publications/fiction.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

I LOVE to meet with book clubs, in person or via Skype. I also do a lot of speaking for women’s and writers’ groups, so please invite me for your next event!

Follow Pamela at http://eepurl.com/lq-bP and get her exclusive free e-book Puppalicious and Beyond. Visit her at http://pamelafaganhutchins.com (where you can discover which of her novels she’s currently offering for free download) or drop her a note: pamela@pamelafaganhutchins.com.

Thank you so much for stopping by and chatting with us today, Pamela. Wishing you success with your new book and your upcoming releases! 

2 comments :

  1. Excellent Interview. I could read about you over and over and every time think that you were awesome, and I do.

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  2. Posted this to FB Page. Can't wait for the next Michele!

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