“…a beautifully crafted book about loss and grief, marriage and family, sex and evil and the resiliency of the human spirit.”
— Jillian Coleman Wheeler at

“…entertaining all readers while providing grist for the mill to those who are looking for something deeper.”
— BigAl of BigAl and Pals

The Ribs and Thigh Bones of Desire -- showing a (dressed) teenage girl on a bed, looking rather pensive.In a small Western Massachusetts town in 1977, a thirty-two-year-old widowed physics professor and the sixteen-year-old girl who used to babysit his daughter forge a bond fraught with potential scandal as they try to help each other survive loss, guilt, fear, trauma — and growing up.

THE RIBS AND THIGH BONES OF DESIRE asks: Is there ever a time when doing the wrong thing can be exactly right? Recipient of an Awesome IndiesSeal of Excellence,” it was also a 2015 Readers’ Choice Award nominee for literary fiction.

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“lovely and humorous” — Publisher’s Weekly review of the ABNA manuscript
“engrossing and well-written” — BigAl at BigAl and Pals

Cover for The Awful Mess: A Love StoryA recently divorced woman tries to start fresh in a small New Hampshire town, but a surprise pregnancy, a shocking secret, and a handsome cop shatter her expectations.

One of five general fiction semifinalists for the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, THE AWFUL MESS explores how people reconcile their feelings, their beliefs, and their community with the occasional absolutely horrifying screw-up.

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“These stories are condensed novels with unpredictable plots that left me thinking at the end that they were the truth that’s stranger than fiction. Hutchison’s writing is so smooth you don’t even think about it (I tend to read editorially) and many Smashwords writers could learn a lot, cheaply, about how to write by studying these stories.” — jrrymllr

COMING SOON!An anthology of not terribly literary short stories:

  • A woman tries to make sense of her unrequited love for a Jesus freak.
  • A man wrestles with how the world perceives him after his wife drowns two of their three children in a bathtub.
  • A woman collects old ladies as friends, but can’t cope when they start dying.
  • A woman does her best to carry on when her husband is unmasked as a serial killer.
  • The scion of a failed furniture empire falls in love with a wild girl and discovers how to rebuild his family’s fortunes.

This volume also includes sample chapters from the novel Bardwell’s Folly, which will be published in 2016.

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A short romantic comedy about a would-be romance novelist, her terrible novel, and the young man who’d like to help her make a success of it, and perhaps some other things as well.

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Bardwell’s Folly — A young woman tries to protect her Southern white father’s literary legacy from the media baron who appears to have designs on it, and the ex-boyfriend who might just be messing with her — even as she wrestles with the question of whether that legacy deserves any protection at all. Then she discovers what it’s like to be caught on the wrong side of racial politics.