Monday, April 5, 2010


Regency Romances are romance novels set in the early nineteenth century with themes and hurdles that remind the reader of Jane Austin's work. RR author, Donna Hatch, and I cyber-met through ANWA, an LDS women’s writing group we each belong to. This busy lady is launching two new books within a few months of one another. “The Guise of a Gentleman” falls into the Regency Romance genre, but “Queen in Exile,” her most recent release, is actually a fantasy.

Q: Aside from being crazy busy, tell us something else about yourself.

Donna: I guess I should say right off the bat that I’m a certified loon. Not only am I an author, which means I hear voices in my head and my characters are more real to me than most “real” people, but I am also the mother of six children. And yes, I did that on purpose!

Q: A big family provides lots of great writing material. Good planning. Tell us a little bit about your fantasy, Queen in Exile.

Donna: The last surviving member of her family, a princess must place her life, and the fate of her kingdom, into the hands of a trained killer. But accepting her destiny and her own dark powers will mean losing the man she loves.

Q: Some writers say that they have a story that has to be told, others say that the characters come to them and demand that their story be told… how does it work for you?

Donna: Both ways, I suppose. A character usually comes to me and tells me the main idea of their story, and then I go to work fleshing out both the plot and the characters. Once or twice, I’ve started with a concept, or a problem, and then found characters to deal with it. Really, my characters drive the story; the plot, or the problem, is just a hardship for them to overcome so that they can really grow and shine and ultimately triumph.

Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Donna: Be persistent. Most people have dreams of writing a novel, but never finish one. Most people who finish a novel never submit it, and most who submit, give up after a few rejections. Those who submit over and over (and maybe go through some revisions) will eventually get published.

Q: What is your favorite thing about writing romance?

Donna: I love the happily ever after. If a book doesn’t have a good ending, I feel like I’ve wasted my time because I read to escape my problems. I want to know good always triumphs over evil and love conquers all – not be bummed because all was lost. I also love watching the romance unfold and, of course, the euphoria of falling in love.

Q: Nice . . . Okay, now for the power round:
Favorite food? Pasta
Favorite dessert? Cheesecake
Jeans and T-shirt, or designer clothes? Um, how about designer jeans and T-shirts?
Guilty pleasure? Chocolate! Okay, anything sweet and decadent. I have an equal opportunity sweet tooth.One word that describes you? Cheerful
Favorite flower? Pink rose
Favorite sport? Does snorkeling count as a sport?

Q: Tell us about your contest:

Donna: You can win a free copy (and you have four chances if you do all four):
1. Go to my website and then find out what is the name of the hero of Queen in Exile (hint, read the backcover blurb underneath the book cover), then send me an email at, telling me the answer to the question and put "Queen in Exile for Free" in the subject line.

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

3. Leave a comment in my blog, Then send me an email at and put "Queen in Exile for Free" in the subject line.

4. 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 "Queen in Exile for Free" in the subject line.
That’s it!

Remember, for each thing you do, you have another chance to win. Good Luck!!!

Thank you, Donna for the interview. You can read the first chapter of Donna’s book, here. "Queen in Exile" can be found at Amazon, Costcos across the country, any Deseret Bookstore, all Barnes & Noble, and Borders. If you don’t see it on the shelf, be sure to ask them to order it for you and they’ll ship it to you with free shipping.

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