Friday, February 18, 2011

Get to Know the Author: Donna Hatch

Today’s Getting to Know You interview is with Regency and fantasy romance author, Donna Hatch. Donna has previously been interviewed at JDP NEWS to share with us her love of the Regency period and some of her favorite research sources.

JDP: Donna, did your mother read to you as a child?

Donna: Yes, every night until I was about 8.

JDP: Do you remember a favorite book from your childhood?

Donna: I loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and also A Little Princess

JDP: Name a favorite author as an adult.

Donna: I have many, but Georgetter Heyer is near the top of the list.

JDP: She's at the top of my lists, too. :-) Share a book you’ve read multiple times.

Donna: The More I See You by Lynn Kurland

JDP: Kindle, Nook, or good old hard copy?

Donna: I don't own an ebook reader. Yet. But I plan to -- not to replace hard copy, but to have in addition.

JDP: What’s your favorite place to read?

Donna: A comfy old arm chair in the corner of my bedroom.

JDP: What are your three favorite reading genres.

Donna: Romance. Historical. Fantasy.

JDP: What’s the last book you read?

Donna: To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. Funny, quirky read.

JDP: What are you’re reading now?

Donna: The Conquerer by Georgette Heyer

JDP: Oooo, that's not an easy book. I re-read it a year or so ago. But worth the effort, I think! (This from someone who celebrates Norman Conquest Day every year, of course.) What’s next on your reading list?

Donna: Spellweaver by Lynn Kurland

JDP: What you would like to read more of? (author, genre, etc)

Donna: Sweet or traditional historical romance

JDP: Share a favorite book that you’ve read in the last 12 months

Donna: The Magic of Ordinary Days by Ann Howard Creel.

Thank you for joining us again today, Donna!

More about Donna: Donna Hatch's passion for writing began at age 8 when she wrote her first short story. During her sophomore year in high school, she wrote her first full-length novel. Her writing has won or been nominated as a finalist in many writing awards including Golden Quill and SARA Merrit. In between caring for six children, (7 counting her husband), her day job, and her many volunteer positions, she manages to carve out time to indulge in her writing obsession. A native of Arizona, she writes Regency Romance and Fantasy. And yes, 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. You can learn more about Donna by visiting her website at and blog at

Books by Donna Hatch:

The Stranger She Married
The Guise of a Gentleman
Troubled Hearts
Queen in Exile

Summary of Queen in Exile:

Rumors of war hang over Princess Jeniah's peaceful country of Arden, a land that shuns both magic and warfare. Following a lifelong dream, Jeniah forms a telpathic bond with a revered creature called a chayim, who is prophesied to save her kingdom. But when a Darborian knight comes upon Jeniah with her chayim, he sees only a vicious monster about to devour a maiden, and he slays the beast.

Devastated by the loss of her chayim, and fearing that her own magic is evil, Jeniah doubts her destiny. When an enemy invades Arden City, they slaughter the people, storm the castle, and execute the entire royal family except the princess. Rescued by the knight who slew her chayim, Jeniah is now heir to the throne of Arden and the only hope for freeing her people from tyranny.

On the run and hunted by enemy soldiers, Jeniah must place her life and the fate of her kingdom in the hands of this trained killer. Torn between embracing her destiny as queen of Arden, and her love for a mere knight, she must ultimately rely on her magic to save herself and her people from death and tyranny.


Suzette Saxton said...

Fantastic interview, thanks Donna and JDP. The book blurb almost moved me to tears. It sounds SO GOOD!!!

desere_steenberg said...

Stunning interview thank you Donna and JDP for sharing it with us I really enjoyed it !!


Rebecca Talley said...

Great interview! I loved getting to know Donna better.

Judy said...

What a fun interview! I've enjoyed reading all of Donna's books, though I must admit that my favorite is "The Stranger She Married."

JoAnn Arnold said...

Enjoyed the interview and getting to know Donna. I'm adding another book to my reading list.

She said...

Nice interview. I, too, love Georgette Heyer but I think my favorite book of her's is Frederica. Humor and romance together.