Author of Historical Romance and Fantasy, award-winning author Donna Hatch is a sought-after speaker and workshop presenter. Her writing awards include the Golden Rose and the prestigious Golden Quill. Her passion for writing began at age 8 she wrote her first short story, and she wrote her first full-length novel during her sophomore year in high school, a fantasy which was later published. All of her heroes are patterned after her husband of over 20 years, who continues to prove that there really is a happily ever after.
I invited Donna here @ LOVE. WITHOUT YOU for an interview, and she graciously accepted. Her short regency story titled The Reluctant Bride is free for download here.
Donna, thank you so much for taking time to chat.
Personally, I get easily distracted therefore when I write I need complete silence, door closed. The only person allowed in my office is Bella, my dog. When you write do you need complete silence around you or noise?
I prefer either silence or music, but only instrumental like new age or light classical. Lyrics or a drumbeat are too distracting. That being said, I’ve gotten pretty good at tuning out the usual noises of my family like conversation, TV, etc.
I have all these ideas and voices in my head, but for some reason I struggle sometimes to put them on the paper. Do you find yourself at one point or another at a loss for words?
I seldom get writer’s block. In the rare times that I do find myself at a loss for words, I either take a break and read something, or do things to reduce stress. Then, when I return to writing, I am usually okay to write again. Sometimes, I really don’t know what happens next in the plot so I have to skip ahead to the next part of the book where I do know what’s going to happen. And sometimes I turn to a critique partner for help, and we brainstorm a solution.
How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
When I got “the call” which was actually an email from a publisher telling me they wanted to publish my book, I skipped around the house singing and terrifying my children. My oldest son told my hubby that he should take me out to dinner to celebrate. I don’t know if he was being thoughtful or just afraid and needed me to go away for a while J
What hobbies do you have?
I enjoy singing, playing the harp, and ballroom dancing.
I’m not identifying myself with any of my characters, yet each one of them has a part of me. Can you see yourself in any of your characters? Which one and why?
I’m sure there is a little of me in all of my characters, too. I often try to think of what I experienced physically and emotionally when I felt whatever emotion my character is going through and to put that into words. The hard part is making sure the characters do what their personality type would do and not what I would do.
My characters are all braver and stronger than I am, so that part of them is all fiction and wishful thinking. I suppose Emma, a character in my tongue-in-cheek novella Emma’s Dilemma is most like me overall—overly dramatic and with an imagination that gets her into trouble—only she’s nicer than I am.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Strive for excellence. Don’t be happy with ‘good enough.’ Continue stretching and learning and growing so everything you write is your newest best work.
What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author? What has been the best component?
I’ve been criticized for not putting sex in my books which was hard to take at first, although not unexpected. It doesn’t bother me any more. I don’t like reading hot sex scenes and I won’t write about them. I think sex should be enjoyed privately, not written in graphic detail. I frequently receive emails from fans saying how much they appreciate emotionally satisfying stories without graphic sex and thanking me for giving them the kind of books they crave. That makes it all worth it.
Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
I prefer paperbacks; hardcovers are too big and heavy. And expensive. But there are some definite advantages to ebooks such as storage, price, and instant access. I do own an ebook reader and am using it more and more.
What projects are you working on and when should we expect another release? In a few words what is this story about.
I’m working on book 3 of the Rogue Hearts Series, entitled A Perfect Secret. It’s sort of a Regency version of Sleeping with the Enemy but the hero is a bigger part of the plot. I hope to have it out within the next few months, but I don’t have a release date yet.
In the meantime, I was invited to participate in an anthology with five other authors, all of whom are really awesome. The anthology is called A Timeless Romance Anthology, Winter Collection. It contains six sweet historical romances, all taking place during winter, some during Christmas. The stories are all varied in style, plot, and era, but have one thing in common; romance. A Timeless Romance Anthology was just released a couple of weeks ago, and has already gotten fabulous reviews. I hope you check it out.
Thank you Donna for stopping by and good luck!
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