It’s going to take you all of five seconds to know this week’s author is a riot of fun. My mother used to call such a person, “a barrel of monkeys”. I so enjoyed her motivational speech at this year’s Killer Nashville in August. She had me in stitches. Fortunately for me, my book signing spot was right next to hers. Okay. Let’s have a drum roll for Pamela Fagan Hutchins!
I’m Pamela. I’m a write-aholic. (Hi, Pamela)
Seriously, I’m a little OCD and writing is one of my compulsions. So are big horses, rescue dogs, and long walks with my super-cute husband. I’m a recovering attorney prone to long emails, and I write mysteries, er, women’s fiction, er, romantic suspense, er, magical realism, er, semi-autobiographical humor, er, NOVELS.
Having recently met you I know what a terrific sense of humor you have. Please tell readers about this latest book.
Temp worker by day, lounge singer by night, single mom Ava is having a hard time breaking up with her long-distance boyfriend and making it without the support of her parents on the island of St. Marcos. Things improve dramatically when she lands a too-good-to-be-true job at a virtual currency exchange, where she meets a seriously sexy man, and goes to work for a boss so incredible he sponsors her on a trip to New York to record a demo. But when Ava stumbles across the raped and murdered body of a young woman, she recognizes her from a shared trauma back in their school days. Ava is devastated and throws herself into avenging the girl’s death. From that moment on, it’s one bombshell after another, going off closer and closer to Ava and the people she cares about most.
Share some background of why you wrote this book or in this case, series
This novel is the first of three that are an homage to my best friend “Ava,” and a continuation of my What Doesn’t Kill You series of kick-ass female protagonists. If you had a best friend like Ava, you’d have to write a book like Bombshell, too.
Considering the setting for this latest book it sounds like you enjoy exotic locales. What is the most interesting place you’ve lived or traveled.
I lived in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands for nearly ten years, and now spend half the year on the eastern slope of a Wyoming mountain range. I based the setting in Bombshell on St. Croix, and I have upcoming novels set in Wyoming.
How do you juggle being a writer with everyday life?
I set a schedule, crank up my playlist (a different one for each novel I write), go outside, and turn on a social media blocker. Ready, set, go!
As a writer, are you influenced by what other people say about you or your books?
Recently a woman saw me in an elevator. I dress rather brightly with mixed prints and crazy headbands. She raised an eyebrow at me and said, “You’re not afraid to take a fashion risk, are you?” And I realized that she’s right. I’m not afraid to take a risk that bucks opinion or fashion, which includes with my writing. I write the books of my heart.
You continue to amaze me, Pam! I hope others will get the opportunity to hear your motivational talks and read your books. I am loving the one for indie authors.