Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Interview with Pamela Hutchins, Author of Saving Grace and Giveaway

Today I will be interviewing Pamela Hutchins, author of Saving Grace.

What are your favorite book(s)?

This list could go on for day. I won't even list books in my genre, but go with some of my all time cross-genre favorites: Lonesome Dove, The Great Santini, Where the Red Fern Grows, All the King's Men, Misery

Who is your favorite author?

Larry McMurtry. Except when it's Jennifer Weiner. And only then when it's not Lisa Scottoline.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from constantly re-imagining the little moments in everyday life. What if this took a different time? What if this were not this but that? It's all in the small moments.

Where is your favorite place to do your writing?

At our property in the middle of nowhere in the Hill Country of Texas, when the Blue Bonnets and Indian Paintbrush are in bloom

What made you decide to write Saving Grace?

I lived on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands for six years, and owned a big jumbie rainforest house. It's impossible not to write after the experiences I had there.

What is the hardest part of writing a novel?

For me, it's keeping my confidence up while slodging through a complete first draft. I write in incredible, all-consuming bursts. By the time I get to the end and have battled off my "I can't do this" and "this will never be any good" moments, I've gone 30 days without sleep and am no longer entirely sane (or well groomed!). My family just loves first drafts.

Tell us about your new novel.

If you're inclined to be swept away to the islands to fall in love with a rainforest jumbie house and a Texas attorney who is as much a danger to herself as the island bad guys, then you'll love Saving Grace. In it, Katie Connell escapes professional humiliation, a broken heart, and her Bloody Mary habit when she runs to the island of St. Marcos to investigate the suspicious deaths of her parents. But she trades one set of problems for another when she is bewitched by the voodoo spirit in an abandoned rainforest house and, as worlds collide, finds herself reluctantly donning her lawyer clothes again to defend her new friend Ava, who is accused of stabbing her very married Senator-boyfriend.

I like to think Saving Grace is the book you'd get if Janet Evanovich wrote Wuthering Heights meets How Stella Got Her Groove Back: zany, tropical, intense, and eerie, all at once. 

About the Author. 

Pamela Fagan Hutchins writes award-winning fiction and nonfiction. She is a former Human Resources executive and employment attorney who lives with her husband and two high school-aged kids, plus 200 pounds of pets in Houston, but their hearts are still in St. Croix, USVI, along with those of their three oldest offspring.

Pamela has one novel -- Saving Grace -- and five narrative nonfiction books out with SkipJack Publishing, with three more novels lined up. She is also a contributing author to three anthologies. She won Romance in the 2010 Writers' League of Texas Manuscript Competition for Saving Grace (fka Leaving Annalise), and she also won both Mainstream Fiction (2010, 2011 and 2012) and Narrative Non-fiction (2012) in the Houston Writers' Guild's Manuscript Competitions for Conceding Grace (novel) and How To Screw Up Your Kids (nonfiction book). She won top Ghost Story in 2012 from the Houston Writers Guild.

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