Today I have an interview with Pamela Fagan Hutchins for her new book Going for Kona, which combines humor, romance, mystery, and magical realism.
If you had to describe your book Twitter syle (140 characters or less), what would you say?
Michele wants to burrow into bed when her husband is killed, but she must compete in the Kona Ironman Triathlon in his honor and keep her family from meeting his same fate.
How does this book differ from your previous ones?
Going for Kona has a much more powerful emotional impact than my previous romantic mysteries. My Katie & Annalise series novels are often praised for their humor, their fast pace, and for the characters’ flaws and likability. Kona will still be witty, but there is less of the laugh out loud humor, and more of the deep emotional reaction to the characters and their lives. I hope I kept the fast pace and the flawed but likable character elements however. Also, Katie & Annalise featured an exotic setting. Kona doesn’t, but it does give you an insider’s view to the psyche of an endurance triathlete, and takes you to Kona, Hawaii for the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon.
What’s your favourite part of writing a book?
I love feeling the rightness of words flowing one into another, of perfect images that bring a secret smile to a reader’s face, of crying and laughing out loud as I write a story. I love living it. I become my protagonist. My entire family prays for me to finish the book so we can all quit living out the drama of the scenes, one by one, over and over.
My second favorite thing about writing is when I anticipate writing a scene, and I experience the emotions before I can get the words out. Sometimes I sit at my laptop messy-crying, and that’s when I know it’s going to be really good.
My least favorite thing about writing is second drafts. I love first drafts and final drafts. I despise the let down of discovering how much work is ahead of me during a second draft.
Do you have a writing routine?
When I am writing a novel, I like to start with weeks or months of brainstorming, plotting, and scene-by-scene outlining, worked into my normal schedule, sometimes even when I’m writing another book. Once I’m ready to begin the novel, I write about six hours a day, which is all my hands can take, and usually yields me about 4000 words (16-20 pages). I do a lot of research before I start writing, but inevitably the story takes off in directions the outline hadn’t anticipated, so I’m revising my outline and researching as I go, as well.
It takes me about three to four weeks to complete a first draft of a novel, and each revision takes me two to three weeks. I aspire to revising one time, but honestly it usually takes me two major revisions to nail it.
Is there any specific message you hope readers take away from your story?
Absolutely. It’s that love goes on. Past death, past heartbreak, past the point when we give up on it, true love continues in countless beautiful and mysterious ways.
I love to hear from readers, so feel free to drop me a note via any of my social media links, and I’ve been known to Skype or meet face to face with book clubs, so don’t hesitate to ask.
Thank you, Sarah, for hosting my interview on Workaday Reads. I really appreciated this opportunity to connect with your readers.Going for Kona by Pamela Fagan Hutchins
Published by Self published on Oct 1, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Find the book: Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads
When her husband is killed in a hit-and-run bicycling accident, it takes all of Michele Lopez Hanson’s strength not to burrow into their bed for the rest of her life. But their kids need her, and she promised herself she’d do the Kona Ironman Triathlon in Adrian’s honor, and someone seems to be stalking her family, so she slogs through the pain to keep herself on track. Her dangerously delirious training sessions become a link between her and Adrian, and she discovers that if she keeps moving fast enough to fly, she can hold onto her husband—even as she loses her grip on herself and faces her biggest danger yet.