#interview #promo Christmas Secrets by @donnahatch @lovingthebook
this year are to finally win her mother’s approval by gaining the notice of a
handsome earl, and discovering the identity of the stranger who gave her a
heart-shattering kiss…even if that mystery kisser is the resident Christmas
I’m Donna Hatch, an overworked nerdy mom-author with a chocolate addiction who sometimes take a breather from writing to enjoy music or dance or go for walks.
Here is my official bio: Best-selling author, Donna Hatch, is a hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, the force that drove her to write and publish twenty historical romance titles, including the award-winning “Rogue Hearts Series.” She is a multi-award winner, a sought-after workshop presenter, and juggles multiple volunteer positions as well as her six (yes, that is 6) children. Also a music lover, she sings and plays the harp, and loves to ballroom dance. Donna and her family recently transplanted from her native Arizona to the Pacific Northwest where she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I wrote my first short story when I was 8. It’s pretty much been an ongoing love/hate relationship ever since. It didn’t occur to me I could be published until my 8th grade English teacher planted that dream in my head, but I didn’t think I was good enough and I didn’t know how to get published. It was many years later before I took myself seriously enough to try to get published.
What genre are your books? and what made you write in that genre?
I write Regency Historical Romance because I love the happily ever after and I enjoy vicariously experiencing the romance plot. There is also usually some personal growth that must occur in the characters before they can fall in love and overcome the odds so they can be together. I write historical because that is my first love. I grew up on Laura Ingalls Wilder, Frances Hodgeson Burnett, and others, and they nurtured my fascination with historicals.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
Where do you get your ideas for your books?
Ideas can come from anywhere; daydreams, brainstorming, news, real events, musing about how I would have changed a book or movie, even something someone says. Ideas often come when I’m driving or walking or taking a shower.
How long does it typically take you to write a book?
Each book is different. I’ve written some in as little as two months. Others took years. My average seems to be about four or five months.
How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
This is my 21st published title but I have written at least a dozen that will never be published. My favorite? That’s like choosing a favorite child! Usually the most recently finished one is the closest to my heart—kinda like the new baby in a family.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you overcome it?
For me, writers block is often burn out. Sometimes it helps if I take a break from writing and do something to feed my soul. It’s also often caused by stress, or even worry that what I’m writing isn’t good enough. In those cases, I give myself permission to write worthless drivel, knowing it can be deleted or revised later, and just write. Often putting words on a page frees up my creativity enough that I can keep going.
Have you done any collaborations with other writers?
I have not done any true collaborations but I have been involved in three anthologies with other authors where we each wrote an independent novel based on a common theme. The collection is called the Timeless Romance anthologies.
What do you think of reviews?
Reviews are vital to an author. The more reviews, the better; Amazon will suggest books with a lot of reviews to readers who are browsing. Reviews also gives prospective readers confidence to trying an unfamiliar author. I read reviews by review blogs and official review sites, but I don’t read every Amazon or Goodreads review anymore. If the reader/reviewer says anything negative about my books, or even slightly less than glowingly positive, even if it’s mixed with a great deal of praise, I tend to fixate on the perceived negative and let it get me down. People say authors need a thick skin, but I don’t have one yet. I probably never will. Therefore, I have learned to avoid situations that will cause me to doubt myself, which, as you now know, can cause me to have writer’s block.