"A lively romantic mystery that will likely leave readers eagerly awaiting a sequel."
– Kirkus Reviews
AWARDS, PRESS & INTERESTS
Romantic novel: Writers League of Texas Manuscript Award, 2010: SAVING GRACE
Parenting/divorce: USA Best Books, 2012: How to Screw Up Your Kids
Mainstream novel: Houston Writers Guild, 2012: Finding Harmony
TV: KWTX Moms Everyday
TV WCRB 3 Plus You
TV: Great Day Houston
TV: The Practicing Stepparent
Employment attorney and workplace investigator
Unexpected skill or talent
BOOKS REVIEWED BY KIRKUS:
ADDITIONAL WORKS AVAILABLE:
In Hutchins’ (The Clark Kent Chronicles, 2012, etc.) debut novel, a Dallas attorney leaves her troubled career and love life behind to investigate her parents’ deaths in the Virgin Islands.
Thirty-five-year-old law firm partner Katie Connell has struggled with a drinking habit in the past but has nevertheless managed to succeed in her career. That changes when she humiliates herself by making a pass at Nick, the law firm’s staff investigator. Afterward, she decides to spend a week on the island of St. Marcos, where her parents died the year before in a car accident. The deaths were ruled accidental, but Katie never truly believed that explanation, so she hires a local private investigator to review the facts. She also meets a free-spirited woman named Ava who helps her get acquainted with the island. Katie visits an abandoned estate called Annalise (“grace” in Hebrew); although some locals believe the property to be haunted, Katie feels a “voodoo-like connection” to the place and makes an offer to purchase it. She returns to Dallas and mishandles a high-profile case; she returns to St. Marcos when her offer to purchase Annalise is accepted. As Katie sets about furnishing her home, she unravels the mystery of her parents’ deaths and finds a new romance. While restoring Annalise, Katie resurrects herself. Although the novel’s early chapters are somewhat slow and include some contrived plot twists—including the convenient ejection of Nick from the story—the story builds momentum and keeps readers turning pages. Former St. Croix resident Hutchins also injects a Caribbean flavor into her debut novel by adeptly using island lingo and highlighting various cultural nuances.
A lively romantic mystery that will likely leave readers eagerly awaiting a sequel.
FINDING HARMONY (Unpublished)
Volume 3 of the Katie & Annalise series: A dead guy outside the gate, a dead pig on the dining room table, and dead bodies under the foundation threaten Katie’s idyllic existence in a tropical island rainforest, where she, her husband and their young kids live in a house possessed by a voodoo spirit. Drawn into solving the troubling and dangerous puzzles, Katie finds herself wishing for a sequined pair of red shoes so she can click her heels and return to her old life.
HOW TO SCREW UP YOUR KIDS
How To Screw Up Your Kids: Blended Families, Blendered Style Award-Winner in the 'Parenting/Family: Divorce' category of The 2012 USA Best Book Awards Winner, 2012 Houston Writers Guild Narrative Nonfiction Manuscript Contest. Married couples with children divorce 40% of the time. In less than three years after that divorce, chances are both mom and dad are remarried, and probably each to someone who has kids of their own. The single most explosive and divisive issue in those marriages? Stepparenting. Wouldn't it be nice if we all lived in a bubble gum and sugar plum world where, without a ripple on Lake Placid, kids embraced stepparents and appreciated their contributions? Where stepsiblings didn't compete for attention and argue over favorites and fairness? Well, we don't. So what we need when stepparenting is a good plan. A plan for blending, or blendering if you will, the disparate stepchildren and their parents into a chunky smoothie of stepfamily goodness. How To Screw Up Your Kids helps the parents everyone predicts will fail prove all the naysayers wrong. Through the use of practical human relations principles and the author's achingly honest and often hilarious stories, readers will learn to envision and instill a unique set of family values and culture into their new household, and by God, have fun doing it.
Published: May 1, 2012
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Volume 2 of the Katie & Annalise series: One unexpected and hotly fought-over little boy, two dead bodies, and a series of home vandalisms throw Texas attorney turned island chanteuse Katie Connell into a tizzy. Juggling all of this, Bloody Mary cravings, baggage, and the bad guys too, she waffles between the jumbie house that brought her back from the brink and the man she believes is the love of her life.
Published: July 1, 2013
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WHAT KIND OF LOSER INDIE PUBLISHES, AND HOW CAN I BE ONE, TOO?
Entrepreneurship and Publishing
Who knew indie publishing could be this much fun? Whether you have published before or are contemplating your first book, Pamela Fagan Hutchins makes an overwhelming field manageable by presenting tried and true how-tos and a myriad of resources, including the marketing plan that got her debut novel national distribution - all with her tongue firmly planted in her cheek.
Published: Aug. 15, 2013
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