Interview with Donna Maree Hanson

Who are your favorite authors?
Hard question. I have my old time favourites and the new ones that come up as I continue reading. I was a very keen fan of Stephen Donaldson. In particular I loved his duology, Mordant's Need. I'm a big fan of Australian fantasy, Glenda Larke, Trudi Canavan, Sara Douglass, Keri Arthur and CS Pacat. I also love Urusla LeGuin, Elizabeth Moon, Julian May, JD Robb (Nora Roberts), JR Ward, Anne Leckie and Nalo Hopkinson. More recently I have been captured by Lois McMaster Bujold. The Curse of Chalion has to be the best fantasy ever also her VorKosigan Series. Others include Neil Gaiman, Robin Hobb, George RR Martin, Mark Lawrence, Russell Kirkpatrick and Guy Gavriel Kay. I also read romance but my all time favourite is Georgette Heyer.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on the edits/revisions for the next two installments in my dark fantasy series Dragon Wine. These books were written years ago but I'm only just now putting them out there.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. How could I forget. This story hasn't been published. It was practically a download from the ether. It featured a woman called Leila who was a resurrected human on a space ship with aliens. Apparently it was very feminist. In 2000 I didn't know there was a thing called feminist science fiction. It was also a romance and the beginning of a sprawling six book series. I will get back to this story one day. I was told by an author friend not to toss it.
When did you first start writing?
I first had the impulse to write when I was 19 or 20 years old. I actually started to write a story. I think it was a Star Wars story. But I felt that I was too stupid to write and also I had young children so I put the idea away. I've always had stories in my head. I used to think I had a mental problem because I had so many scenarios in my brain and I'd be off there with my stories. Then when I got to 40 years old and I was faced with going back to my job of auditing in government, I asked myself-What do you really want to do? And the answer was to write. And by the next weekend I had started on my first novel. It's been a long road. Lots of hard work.
What is your writing process?
Usually I start with an idea, a character or a scene. For many years I was a panster. I just wrote and the story unfolded, but somewhere along the line I'd try to sketch out a plan. So these days I do write little synopses of my ideas. Mostly I do this to get the idea out of my head. I also have a notebook that I put my ideas in for when I have time to write them. I have promised myself that if the story needs a map I will draw the map first. It will make my life a whole lot easier. Usually I write while possessed by the idea until the story is done. However, due to arthritis my writing time can be limited. Lucky for me I have a lot of novels written and they just need me to go back and revise them and they will be ready to send to my agent or indie publish.
Published 2017-03-24.
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Books by This Author

Moonfall, Dragon Wine Part Six
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,020. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
The story concludes… Dragons wane, undone by the magic embedded in the falling moon fragments. Soon there will be nothing left of Margra to save…
Skyfire, Dragon Wine Part Five
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,940. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Deliciously dark fantasy… On the devastated world of Margra, where man-eating dragons are tamer than the humans, a small band of heroes fight for a brighter future.
Bloodstorm, Dragon Wine Part Four
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 104,930. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Delicious Dark Fantasy The planet of Margra draws closer to the brink as Shatterwing's debris field grows increasingly unstable. Gercomo’s influence and power within the dragon herd peaks just as he is able to reach out to old human allies and the battle begins… Sartell has become dangerous with conspiracies and betrayal everywhere. Brill and Danton gamble with their lives to
Dragon Wine Volume One
Series: Dragon Wine. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 160,090. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
This box set contains Shatterwing, Dragon Wine Part One and Skywatcher, Dragon Wine Part Two- delicious dark fantasy! Alien dragons in a post-apocalyptic setting.
Deathwings, Dragon Wine Part Three
Series: Dragon Wine. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,390. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Delicious Dark fantasy! Deathwings, Dragon Wine Part Three Life on the ravaged world of Margra is more difficult than ever… Salinda and Garan blasted the evil Gercomo into the sky. Except … he didn’t die, he transformed into a dragon. Final moonfall looms ever closer and the world is on the brink of destruction.
Skywatcher
Series: Dragon Wine. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,710. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Deliciously Dark Fantasy! Salinda recovers in the subterranean city of Barrahiem and learns more about the mysterious Hiem creature, Nils of Barr, and his vast store of pre-Shatterwing technology and knowledge. Meanwhile, Garan, Laidan, Danton and Brill flee from the Inspector only to have him pursue with his rebel army. Imbued with pure dragon essence, he also wants Laidan’s power!
Shatterwing
Series: Dragon Wine. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,560. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Deliciously Dark Fantasy The world of Margra is a desolate wasteland after one of its moons shattered. Factions fight over resources as pieces of the broken moon rain down, bringing chaos, destruction and death. Dragon wine is a life giving drink imbued with the essence of dragons. It is what keeps people alive. But the prison vineyard where Salinda works to grow grapes is in jeopardy.
Ungiven Land
Series: The Silverlands. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 148,810. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
I do not know how we will live without the GIVEN magic. The Puri may want our bountiful lands but the fact is without the GIVEN, we are no better off than they are in the wastelands… After being sucked into The Crystal Gate, Sophy is trapped in the deadlands on the world of Yulandir. Some believe Sophy chose to return home to her own world, but Oakheart fears the worst...
Oathbound
Series: The Silverlands. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 131,600. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Oathbound The Silverlands Book Two For lovers of epic fantasy We have some time before the Ancient Evil can reach into Argenterra. We are not the Ungiven Land yet… Sophy lies frozen within a crystal prison. Protected by her oathbond to Oakheart, the minion of the Ancient Evil, Rufus, cannot touch her or the GIVEN magic she is leaching from Argenterra.
Argenterra
Series: The Silverlands. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 139,230. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Argenterra (Silverlands Book 1) For lovers of epic fantasy… In a land where oaths can’t be broken, be careful what promises you make. To break the binding oath is to risk the very magic of Argenterra. Best friends, Sophy and Aria, are on a family trip in Scotland when they find themselves swept away to another world. The lush land of Argenterra is imbued heavily with a magic known as the GIVEN