Today we're joining the blog tour for Fingers in the Mist by chatting with author O'Dell Hutchinson. O’Dell was born in a small rural town in Idaho. There were no Redeemers living there (that he knows of). After attending college in the Pacific Northwest, he found his way to the Houston area. By day, he is a Business Systems Analyst and at night you can either find him sitting at home, dreaming of random super powers he wishes he had, or directing plays and musicals at various theaters around Houston.
Hi O’Dell! Welcome to We Do Write. Tell us a bit about yourself.
Thanks for having me! Aside from my obligatory, somewhat boring, third-person bio, here are a few interesting points about me.
- I love cold weather.
- I hate humidity (why do I live in South Texas?).
- Horror movies typically make me scream like a little girl, yet I love them and I love freaking myself out writing a scary story.
- I love dark chocolate.
- I love dogs.
- The site of blood makes me dry heave.
- I love zombies.
- I love road trips.
- I love yoga and meditation.
- I HATE snakes (and other reptiles). I can’t even watch them on TV. They creep me the eff out!
- I love Oregon. I want to live there again.
- I love to laugh.
- I’m ridiculously loyal and very protective of those I’m close to. (I think I was a German Shepherd in a former life.)
- I have a pretty wicked (and sometimes snarky) sense of humor.
Tell our readers a bit about FINGERS IN THE MIST.
That was before the trees started to whisper her name. Before a murder of crows attacked the town. Before she and her family came home to find a bloody handprint on their front door, marking them as a sacrifice.
With the entire town wrapped in a suffocating fog and all the roads washed out after an earlier storm, the residents of Highland Falls find themselves trapped with no way to communicate with the outside world. Over the next seven nights, the Redeemers will terrorize the small farm town, ripping their victims from their beds to settle a decades-long debt.
As Caitlyn’s friends begin to disappear, she knows it’s only a matter of time before the Redeemers come for her. Desperate for answers, she uncovers an evil secret masked by the town’s church. Even more disturbing is the link between Caitlyn’s family and the Redeemers. She alone may have the power to stop the terror, but she’ll have to decide if she’s willing to sacrifice herself to save those she loves.
How did the idea of the story come to you?
The seed was planted several years ago when I was talking about the rapture with an old roomie. There was talk of seven days of darkness and creepy rapture monsters out for blood. That seed sprouted a few years later when I was out walking my dog one morning and the fog started to roll in. It was dead quiet out and as the fog grew I kept wondering if creepy monsters were going to come get me while I was out waiting for my dog to do her business. Random? Yes, but it sparked the story. :)
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
A bit of both. I tend to start with a loose plot with specific plot points that are important to the overall story. The rest of it is total pantsing. I like to just see where things go. It’s like getting in the car and just driving somewhere. You know where you want to end up, but the unknown between here and there is the best part. Anything can happen.
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
Finding time to actually sit and write is often a challenge. I have a day job that keeps me very busy. Once I do find the time, I have to wrestle with getting in the groove. I am easily distracted, so I have to turn off the internet, the TV and the phone and just focus. Anything can distract me, which is bad for a person whose worst enemy is procrastination.
What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
I typically have a cup of coffee and something to snack on.
What are you reading right now?
Right now, I’m reading Megan Shepherd’s Her Dark Curiosity. It’s been on my list for a year, but I’ve finally gotten to it. I’m loving it.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
I only get one? Hmmm, this is probably the toughest question I’ve been asked. I’ve always wanted a super power. I guess it would be a toss-up between flight and time travel.
What's the weirdest thing you've googled?
That’s a really good question. I Google a lot. I’m a very curious person. Can I take a pass? It’s probably safer that way.
Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably ...
working. (or sleeping)
Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.Of course I have to thank my family and friends, as well as everyone who reads my books. I also have a special spot in my heart for the book blogging community. I did it for two years and miss it a lot. I just wish I had more time. You’re all so great and supportive. I also need to thank Georgia McBride and the entire Month9Books crew for getting this book out there. They’re awesome!
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