In honor of the release of the Stunner earlier this week, I’m going to take us down memory lane, week by week. This week’s stop? A throwback from way back in 2013 after the release of Leaving Annalise. This ran on Lori’s Reading Corner originally, and it was the first time I wrote Ava in the first person.

But first, want to see me reading the first chapter of Stunner, live on video, HERE?

Or the SNEAK PEEK first chapter of Knockout, HERE?

How about the video trailer for Stunner? Yep, you can see that HERE, as well.

Character interview: Ava Butler in Leaving Annalise by Pamela Fagan Hutchins

We’re here today talking to Ava Butler. Ava is a NYU-trained actress and singer, living on her home island of St. Marcos in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She appears most recently in Leaving Annalise, the second book in the Katie & Annalise romantic mystery series kicked off by Saving Grace.

Hi Ava, and welcome. You’re a musician, so, tell us: what songs are most played on your Ipod?

Good afternoon. Thank you for having me. My singing partner Katie from Texas, so I studying country music lately. We gonna add some of her songs to our set list. I feel like a traitor to my own people saying this, but it probably old Dixie Chicks and new Pistol Annies for harmonies.

Your accent is beautiful, and I’d love to go to the Caribbean someday. Where do you dream of traveling to and why, when you already live in one of the prettiest places in the world?

Nowhere cold! If I made of money, I fly to Italy. I love the food, the wine, and the Italian sensuality. I think if I ever go I probably meet a count and spend the rest of my life in a castle, only come back home once a year for Carnival.

Who should play you in a film? 

Me. Next question.

Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?

Night person, definitely. It hard to be a morning person when you don’t wake up before noon. I always in a show last till the wee hours, so I sleep in the day. Me and vampires.

What would we find under your bed?

My last boyfriend’s sandals, maybe? My orange bikini top? A suitcase? I just kick stuff under there, I not really all that sure what you find.

What is the next big thing for you?

There this New York producer–big name guy, he the producer for Slither and some other really successful acts–that want to hear Katie and me sing. We been rehearsing. I got a real good feeling about this one. Katie and I like salt and pepper, like sweet and sour. One better with the other than by itself. Best keep an eye out for us, we going places.

Wow, Ava, that sounds great. Thanks for talking to us, and good luck to you and Katie with the producer!


Well, we all know how that went (or, if you don’t, catch up on your What Doesn’t Kill You reading, HERE!).

Read a sneak peek of and pre-order Knockout HERE.



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11 Responses to Ava, Telling It Like It Is.

  1. Love how you capture Ava’s voice! These character interviews really ARE fun!

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  3. Eric Hutchins says:

    I love the interviews and they way it brings you in to the story. Making the character real for everyone. Ava is pretty darn real around the house right now as you are getting deep in to Ava’s 2nd Book.

    • Pamela says:

      It’s funny that I did these interviews several years ago, before I really knew Ava from her own perspective. This is “Ava as Katie’s Friend,” and “Ava, stranded in Texas.” As I read back over them, I tightened them up some before republishing them, to fit Ava as I know her after a year of immersion in her imaginary life. It’s fun. And it is cool to revisit how real she is to me, because she started from somewhere oh-so-beloved and oh-so-real <3

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