Born and raised in the Tampa Bay area, Hutchison survived a transplant to snowy Greenfield, Massachusetts in high school and eventually stopped sulking about it, although she may still working it out in her fiction.
She graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has an MA in fiction writing from the University of New Hampshire in Durham. She worked for many years in publishing and advertising in New Jersey before the family moved to the capital district of New York, where she now teaches writing at Hudson Valley Community College.
Sandra’s first job in publishing was editing computer books in Peterborough, New Hampshire — which, along with neighboring towns, inspired the setting — but not the plot! — of The Awful Mess. For an indie debut by an unknown author, The Awful Mess performed quite well, selling over 1,200 copies in its first year (plus over 50,000 downloads) and garnering positive reviews. It was one of five general fiction semifinalists for the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, and it was selected as a featured title for Library Journal’s SELF-e program.
Her play Nude with Bearded Irises premiered in October of 2013 as part of the Circle Theater Players’ festival of original one acts at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts in Averill Park, New York, and won her a nod for “Meritorious Achievement in Writing” from TANYS.
Her second novel, The Ribs and Thigh Bones of Desire, is set in Western Massachusetts, in a town inspired by Greenfield and other towns neighboring the five colleges just south of there. Her third novel, Bardwell’s Folly, is set approximately where Shelburne Falls and Buckland, Massachusetts exist in real life.
She’s currently at work on a fourth novel about a professional organizer whose life spirals out of control — which may be the only way for her to get what she really wants out of it.
Sandra publishes a blog about writing, books, and various awful messes, and is available to local book groups. She will also happily respond to email requests for discussion sent to sandrahutchison (at) sheerhubris.com.