Sunday, April 18, 2010

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Donna Hatch and "The Guise Of a Gentleman"

March and April have been big months for debuting books and I've been posting reviews and/or interviews with the authors of many of the newest releases. Several of the newer releases have been in the area of Regency Romances, a genre I discussed in a post last month.

Donna Hatch is debuting A real swashbuckler of a book, The Guise of a Gentleman," this month. I haven't had the opportunity to read this novel yet, but this synopsis hints at some great intrigue:

The widowed Elise is a perfect English lady living within the confines of society for the sake of her impressionable young son. Her quiet world is shattered when she meets the impulsive and scandalous Jared Amesbury. His roguish charm awakens her yearning for freedom and adventure. But his irrepressible grin and sea-green eyes hide a secret.

A gentleman by day, a pirate by night, Jared accepts one last assignment before he can be truly free. Elise gives him hope that he, too, can find love and belonging. His hopes are crushed when his best laid plans go awry and Elise is dragged into his world of violence and deceit. She may not survive the revelation of Jared’s past…or still love him when the truth is revealed.

Donna Hatch is a very busy mother of six who also holds down a job outside the home. She finds the time to write because, as she jokingly puts it, writing is an obsession for her.

Q: The cover is lovely.

A:Thank you. Most publishers don't let the authors have any input, but I was lucky -- mine does. I filled out a questionnaire with character descriptions and a concept of what I'd pictured. The finished result was very close to what I'd imagined, although the clothing isn’t exactly Regency, but I like it very much.

Q: What are you working on now?

A: I'm finalizing the edits on book 3 of the Rogue Heart's Series which isn't titled yet. (Gulp.) Each book is a stand-alone book, about a different brother of the Amesbury family, and the family members wander in and out of each other's books. I’m also starting a new Teen/Young Adult paranormal.

Q: How do you find time to write? How do you balance family with writing?

Yes, with 6 children, making time to write is very challenging. I do much of my writing at night after they are in bed, or during nap time, but when I'm on a roll, I write instead of unimportant things like fix dinner. I haven't dusted since last Christmas and I gave up scrap booking. All my children are in school now, so now I can write after they all leave for school, until I have to go to work every afternoon, so that really cuts into my writing. However, I'm very focused, (or obsessed) so I keep at it at odd times of the day. And night. Sometimes insomnia is a good thing.

Donna is running a contest to promote "The Guise of a Gentleman." Donna passed along the details so you can try to win your free copy (and you have four chances if you do all four.) Says Donna:

1. Leave a comment in this blog, then send me an email at and put “free book” in the subject line

2. Follow my blog, then send me an email at, telling me you're now following me and put "free book" in the subject line

3. Friend me on Facebook,!/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1053967713 then send me an email at, telling me you're now my friend on Face book and put "free book" in the subject line

4. go to my website and then find out what is the name of the hero, then send me an email at, telling me the answer to the question and put "free book" in the subject line
Remember, for each thing you do, you have another chance to win. Good Luck!!!

Thanks, Donna. Good luck with the debut!

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