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Monday, March 13, 2017

Interview with ML Hutchinson, Author of Tainted Bond

Author’s Bio: M L Hutchinson resides in the suburbs of Maryland, with her husband of twenty-four years. Preferring the fantasy and glamour of classic movies or the happily ever after of romance novels, this fueled her imagination at an early age. The desire to write her own happy endings has led to her debut novel, Tainted Bond, which will be the first installment in The Bonded Trilogy. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, comic book based action movies, spending time with family and spoiling her two grandchildren. After years of putting off following her dream, she is now ready to share her stories, to become the writer she always dreamed she would be.

What inspired you to write your book?
MLH: I wouldn’t call it inspiration; it was more like an obsession. My love of writing began when I read my first Harlequin Romance novel by Janet Dailey. With the first entry of my journal at the age of fourteen I knew that writing would forever be my passion.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
MLH:  Janet Daily inspired me so many years ago; today my inspiration comes from authors like J Kenner and Sawyer Bennett. Since starting this journey I have recently discovered awesome indie authors like Louise Bay and Emma Hart and the list goes on and on.

Is this your first book? How long did it take to start and finish your book?
MLH:  Tainted Bond is my first completed book. However, I still have the first two chapters of a book I started over ten years ago.  My new year’s resolution for 2016 was to start and finish my book by the end of 2016.  I got off to a good start, but the more I wrote the more my insecurities kick in. I finally finished on January 10, 2017. 

Do you write with an outline, or just let it flow organically?
MLH: Both, actually, I tend us an outline as a general guild.  I like when the story flows naturally. It’s almost like the character are talking to me and telling the story themselves.

Do you listen to music when you write? If yes, is there a theme song for this book?
MLH: I do listen to music, but only when it suits the scene I’m writing at the time. For example: The main characters in Tainted Bond share the same ringtone.  I had to choose a song that best fits their relationship.

What are the keys to success in getting your book out to the public?
MLH: I wish I knew what works for me. Tainted Bond goes live on 3/27/17; success is yet to be determined.  I utilize social media a lot, spreading the word about my book and trying the build a name for myself.

What advice would you give to new authors?
MLH:  Write even when you don’t feel like, the more you write the better your writing will become.

How about sharing an excerpt from Tainted Bond?  

Franklin brings the limo to a screeching halt.  If it wasn’t for the fact that Marcus always makes us buckle our seat belts, I would have hit the floor instead of just jerking forward. I let down the privacy screen to ask Franklin what’s going on.

“Stay in the car sir,” Franklin states as he exits. My eyes follow him still not sure of what I’m seeing. There’s a woman dressed only in her underwear walking back and forth at the entrance to the garage. Franklin approaches her as if she’s a wounded animal.  “Miss, do you need help. Do you live in the building? Can I call someone for you?”

I get out of the car and walk toward Franklin. Now that I’m closer I can see that it’s not a woman at all but a teenage girl maybe fourteen or fifteen years old. She also appears to be in shock. She hasn’t acknowledged our present as she continues to walk back and forth.  I take off my T-shirt and offer it to her, blocking her path.  She comes to a stop and looks and me with unseeing eyes. “I think she may be sleep walking or in shock.” I say to Franklin without taking my eyes off her.

“Be careful sir, she may be dangerous in this state.” Franklin warns unable to look away from her beautiful hazel eyes.

I begin to speak to her. “I’m going to pull this T-shirt over your head.” No response. “I’m going to pull your arms through now.” Still no response. “Would you like me to call someone for you? Your mother or father?” That got her attention. She blinks and says “All dead” before passing out. I catch her before she falls to the ground.

What’s next for you?
MLH: I’m working on Undeniable Bond, the second installment in The Bonded Trilogy.

Where can readers find out more about you and your book(s)?
·         Website: http://www.mlhutchinsononline.com/
·         Amazon Author Page: Coming Soon
·         Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MLHutchinsonAuthor
·         Twitter: https://twitter.com/mlhutchinson66
·         Book buy Links:
 Available for Pre-Order
 Barnes & Noble- http://bit.ly/2mKdtyX 

It’s been a pleasure having you here with us today. I know my readers will enjoy getting to know you and your work.

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