What kind of research did you do to write this book?
I had to do research on criminal trial procedure. I am an attorney by education and profession, but not a criminal attorney. I hadn’t thought about criminal law since law school and the Texas Bar Exam! Luckily, I was told by my best friend, who is a judge, that I got it exactly right. Phew!
What are your thoughts on ebooks? (i.e. love them, hate them, wave of the future)
I love ebooks. I think ebooks are environmentally friendly and make it much easier for a reader to take a whole library with them, wherever they go. I don’t think they’ll ever replace print books completely. There is a romance to paper and ink, a woody smell, a roughness under the thumb, a sense of timeless permanence that electronics does not give you. But there’s also the control of backlighting and font size with electronics, and, as I get older, I really appreciate that!
Do you keep track or write reviews for books you read?
Now that I understand the importance of reader reviews to an author, I track my reads and review them on Amazon and Goodreads. However, I do not post caustic reviews, and I post very few bad reviews. If my honest review is very poor, I won’t post it. The absence of my review for a book I’ve read is my bad review.
What types of prewriting activities do you do? (i.e. research, outlines)
I am an outliner, and I usually write a complete and comprehensive synopsis as well, to check my story flow and arc, and to test the plot. I revise both as I write the book, at times, and at others I just get excited and write myself away from my plan into wherever the story and characters take me!
Do you write your book from page 1 to the end, or do you jump around?
When I write, I tend to write from page one to the end; however, when I rewrite and edit, the urge to jump around is quite strong. Writing is a very time-consuming process, and I find that it is most efficient to go through my manuscript from front to back and make notes of the things I want to change that would require me to jump around. I resist the jumping as best I can until, inevitably, I am drawn into it. I always regret it, though, as it tends to make me scattered and forgetful. The sheer volume of keystrokes, words, sentences, paragraphs, and chapters with every twist and nuance that entails is a vast forest to get lost in.
Pamela Fagan Hutchins writes award-winning mysterious women’s fiction and relationship humor books, and holds nothing back. She is known for “having it all” which really means she has a little too much of everything, but loves it: writer, mediocre endurance athlete (triathlon, marathons), wife, mom of an ADHD & Asperger’s son, five kids/step-kids, business owner, recovering employment attorney and human resources executive, investigator, consultant, and musician. Pamela lives with her husband Eric and two high school-aged kids, plus 200 pounds of pets in Houston. Their hearts are still in St. Croix, USVI, along with those of their three oldest offspring.
Katie Connell is a high-strung attorney whose sloppy drinking habits and stunted love life collide hilariously in a doomed celebrity case in Dallas. When she flees Texas for the Caribbean, Katie escapes professional humiliation, a broken heart, and a wicked Bloody Mary habit, but she trades one set of problems for another when she begins to investigate the suspicious deaths of her parents on the island of St. Marcos. She’s bewitched by the voodoo spirit of an abandoned house in the rainforest and discovers that she’s as much a danger to herself as the island’s bad guys are. As the worst of her worlds collide, Katie drags herself back to the courthouse to defend her new friend Ava, an island local accused of stabbing the senator she’s been sleeping with.
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