In My Fuzzy Neighborhood today is author Pamela Fagan Hutchins. Pamela writes overly long emails, the best-selling, award-winning What Doesn’t Kill You romantic mystery series (WINNER USA Best Book Award, Fiction: Cross Genre) and hilarious nonfiction. She is a recovering attorney and investigator who resides deep in the heart of S/Nowheresville, WY and TX with her household hunks—husband Eric and one-eyed Boston terrier Petey. Pamela has a passion for great writing and smart authorpreneurship as well as taking long walks, experimenting with her Keurig, and traveling in the Bookmobile. 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 at pamela at pamelafaganhutchins dot com. And if you would like her to visit your book club, women’s group, writer’s group, or library, all you have to do is ask.
Let’s get know a little more about Pamela Fagan Hutchins:
FF: Can you tell us 4 words that describe your writing style?
PFH: Suspenseful, romantic, funny, smart-women (ok, that’s 5 words, but does it bust it back down to four that I hyphenated??)
FF: Do you have a writing process? If yes, briefly explain.
PFH: I brainstorm my books with my story partner, Eric. He’s also my husband, and pretty darn cute. Because I write a series with a revolving cast of butt-kicking female protagonists, continuity is important. We generally storyboard three books for protagonists, each one before I start writing her. Then I record my first drafts while walking, driving, or trying not to nap. They take me one to two months. Then I do a comprehensive rewrite, send it to alpha critiquers. After their feedback, I send it to a developmental editor. After hers, I send the final version to a copyeditor. Only it’s not final yet! I send it to a host of beta proofreaders. After it’s released, I still correct any errors readers find, the same day I learn of them. #Ihateerrors
FF: Why do you write books?
PFH: Because I’m a little obsessive-compulsive, and it’s my thing. I can’t help it. ❤
FF: What genre do you write in? Why do you believe this genre chose you?
PFH: I write romantic mysteries because I read to escape into pure enjoyment that takes me out of my own life and makes me feel good at the same time as it raises my pulse rate a little. When I sit down to write, I write what I enjoy reading, in the hope that I give readers the same experience.
FF: Describe your ideal place of escape to write your books.
PFH: OUTSIDE. 65 degrees. Light cloud clover. No snakes. Flowers and a view.
FF: Tell us about your current book.
PFH: Hell to Pay (#7 in the What Doesn’t Kill You series) is a romantic mystery about 30-year old Emily—a rodeo queen-turned-paralegal—who needs to hear two things: the words “I love you” from her criminal attorney fiancé/boss Jack and “You’re approved to adopt Betsy” from the state of Texas. But when an adult novelty store owner falls into a coma before he can defend himself on charges he murdered a cross dresser, Emily is torn between her work for the increasingly secretive Jack and her quest to discredit religious zealots who are trying to adopt six-year old Betsy out from under her.
Hell to Pay is the third book featuring Emily. You can get the first Emily novel free in ebook form anywhere online. Links are at http://pamelafaganhutchins.com/publications/fiction
FF: What is one tip you would give authors on how to show appreciation for their readers?
PFH: Leave reviews online. Amazon preferably, because they hold 70% of the market. Goodreads and/or iBooks secondarily. Be honest and fair, keep it simple and short, and help other readers find their next great read.
FF: If you could collaborate on a book with any author, who would it be and why?
PFH: Oh my goodness, I’m such a loner, this is a hard one. I’d like to write a modern-day Lonesome Dove with Larry McMurtry, I think.
FF: What is your favorite thing to do before a book signing?
PFH: EAT. I am always terrified no one will show up, and feeding my fears works for me. 😉
FF: What city would you love to have a book signing or speaking engagement?
PFH: Oh man, I’ve had events in over 100-cities already. I had a blast in Chattanooga and Savannah. I loved Orange County, Atlanta. Boulder and San Francisco were awesome. Kansas City and St. Louis were surprisingly good. I think New Orleans would be a great place, and one I’ve never had an event in, and Maui, to give me an excuse to visit Hawaii. I haven’t had (or don’t have scheduled) an event in Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Delaware, Michigan, or North Dakota, so any of those would be great too!
FF: What is your favorite drink or beverage?
PFH: I love cherry limeades, homemade. If you’re ever at my place, I’ll make you one. That or a homemade fiery ginger beer.
FF: Are you a early bird or night owl?
PFH: Both! I never sleep. But I do my best work at night.
FF: What advice would you give your younger self?
PFH: Follow your heart. If Britney Spears can make it as a singer, you can, too.
FF: What is one thing you would change about your life?
PFH: I’d quit biting my fingernails, again. It drives my husband crazy. Seriously, I’d make our youngest daughter not have anaphylaxis. It scares me daily. She’s 19 now, but I’m still afraid of losing her, every day.
FF: What is your motto for life and career?
PFH: Good girls seldom make history!
FF: What is your favorite scripture or quote?
PFH: If not me, who? If not now, when?
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