Author Interview with Pamela Fagan Hutchins
At the core of what I do, I write what I write because it is what I want to write and what I want to read. (That’s a mouthful, isn’t it???) But the challenge is that readers will pick up my book for their own reasons. Maybe a romance reader chooses it because of the romantic elements. But those readers expect a romance. I don’t write true romances, although you could say that each protagonists’ three-book story arc comprises one romance. Other readers like the magical realism and spirituality in my books, but I don’t write ghost stories or magical realism. Other readers like the mystery or legal thriller aspects, yet I don’t write police procedurals, legal thrillers, spy thrillers, or even romantic suspense. So the challenge is balancing the expectations of readers and giving them an experience that is so fantastic that they will suspend the rules of the genre they usually read to enjoy my character’s journey. At the same time, as an author I have this inner muse that demands a particular story, and once that horse is out of the barn, it’s dang hard to put it back in. I love it and I hate it. It’s hard to do. But I couldn’t do it any other way <3
2) What's your favourite genre to write and read?
I like books with wonderful description, complex and authentic characters, suspenseful plots that don’t violate our reality, a fast pace that takes me away from my every-day life, and don’t rely on shock value. Beyond that, I’ll read anything. I’ve been coaching two literary fiction writers. It’s not my go-to type of book, but I love their work. If you held a gun to my head and said YOU CAN ONLY PICK ONE, it would be romantic mysteries. :-)
3) If you had to sum up life as an author in 5 words, which words would you choose?
Brain overloaded, wearing pajamas, reality-averse
4) Do you have any writing rituals?
For the book I’m writing now, What Doesn’t Kill You #8, I put on a white linen gown that belonged to the woman whose life inspired the story. It helps me capture the mood. It gets washed a lot. I hope there’s something left of it when I finish the book.
5) I caught something on Goodreads about you 'traveling in a Bookmobile'. Care to tell us about that?
Yes! We have an RV with my book covers plastered all over it. In the summers, we travel around the continental US in it and visit bookstores, libraries, book clubs, and anywhere readers gather and have an interest in my presence. I think this summer we’re even heading north into Canada for a week or two. It’s tons of fun.