Dyanne: Donna, tell us a little bit about yourself.
Donna I guess I should say
right off the bat that Iím 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
ďrealĒ people, but I am also the mother of six children. And yes, I did that on
Dyanne: 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.
Dyanne: Where does your
inspiration come from?
Donna: Inspiration can come from anywhere, a song, a movie, a
secondary character in another book. Sometimes I canít trace where the story
actually began; it often just starts as a seed of an idea and then expands.
Iíve yet to have started a story based on a dream, though ;-) But for Queen
in Exile in particular Ė this is going to sound super lame Ė (cringe) but I actually was inspired in part by a game of Dungeons and Dragons. Yes, I was one of those geeks who played that game. Iíve always been a fantasy reader, and Iím
so glad technology is up to the level needed to produce a truly spectacular
fantasy movie. The story itself for Queen in Exile came from somewhere in my heart, but the setting is more of a
Dyanne: 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 toldÖ 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,
Iíve 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
Dyanne: 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.
Dyanne: What is your favorite
thing about writing romance?
Donna: I love the happily ever
after. If a book doesnít have a good ending, I feel like Iíve wasted my time
because I read to escape my problems. I want to know good always triumphs over
evil and love conquers all Ė not be bummed because all was lost. I also love
watching the romance unfold and, of course, the euphoria of falling in love.
Dyanne: So, Donna, I'm going to ask you some question and give me the first answer that comes to you. These
are all of your favorites things, just remember the
first thing that comes to your mind. Okay readyÖ..Go.
Dyanne: Favorite food?
Dyanne: Favorite dessert?
Dyanne: Letís shake it up a bit. Do you prefer Jeans and T-shirt, or designer clothes?
Donna: Um, how about designer jeans and T-shirts?
Dyanne: Whatís your, ďGuilty pleasure?
Donna: Chocolate! Okay, anything sweet and decadent. I have an equal opportunity sweet tooth.
Dyanne:Donna, whatís the one word that describes you best?
Dyanne: And your favorite flower?
Donna: Do you have a favorite sport?
Donna: Does snorkeling count as a sport?
Dyanne: LOL.Iíll accept that. I hear that you have a contest going on. Can you tell us about it?
Donna: You can win a free copy (and you have four chances if you do all
1. Go to my website http://www.donnahatch.com
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
firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com,
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, www.donnahatch.blogspot.com.
Then send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and put "Queen in Exile
for Free" in the subject line.
4. Friend me on Facebook,http://www.facebook.com/people/Donna-Hatch/1053967713#!/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1053967713) then send me an email at email@example.com, telling
me you're now my friend on Face book and put "Queen in Exile for Free"
in the subject line.
Remember, for each thing you do, you have another chance to win.
I want to thank you for allowing my readers the opportunity to get to know you.
You can find Donnaís book, Queen in Exile, at Amazon, Costcos across the
country, any Deseret Bookstore, all Barnes & Noble, and Borders. If you
donít see it on the shelf, be sure to ask them to order it for you and theyíll
ship it to you with free shipping.