Interview with Donna Hatch

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Depending on how early the day starts, a sense of duty is the only thing that gets me out of bed. My husband enjoys my attention, despite my rather curmudgeonly attitude early in the morning, and my children count on me to send them out the door to school, so I drag myself up. However, once I'm well and truly awake, I head straight to my office to write. Writing, though I now view it as a job, is still a source of joy.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Because of family moves, I attended nine different schools, mostly in the western United States. Though I've always been a mildly introverted person, being the perpetual new kid turned me into someone painfully shy. Since I often felt alone, I turned to books, both reading and writing.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first book at the age of eight, and have been hooked ever since.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had an image in my head about a man pulling a woman from a river and discovering that she was trying to escape her abusive husband. I sorta built the story around that. It took many, many revisions to get it to the version I finally published.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was frustrated with the lack of support from my previous publishers, and yet how much control they had over my books, covers, editing, and the timing of the releases, all while taking a high percentage of the sales.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's given me the freedom to take charge of my writing career.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Totally immersing myself into a new world.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love hearing from fans! The very best praise I can get is from a fan who said she stayed up until 3 o'clock in the morning to finish one of my books. Getting fan mail helps me find the motivation to keep writing even when I get frustrated and start asking myself why I write. I the best gift I ever received was from a fan who told me that my book helped her get through her son's first chemotherapy treatment.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote outside of school assignments was about a family who went camping and had all kinds of disasters. I was eight when I wrote it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
As a busy mom of six children, my life is pretty full of family needs and my day job. However, for fun outside of family I like to read, sing, play the harp, go for walks, and watch old movies.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have too many to name them all, but a few are: Sarah M. Eden, Julia Quinn, Deeanne Gist, Joyce DiPastena, Janette Rallison/CJ Hill, Shannon Hale, Melanie Dickerson
What is your writing process?
I start with an idea, or sometimes with a character, brainstorm the basic plot--generally with little more than a page or so synopsis--then I write the first chapter or two to get a feel of the characters. Then I nail down the characters as well as possible using personality types and character questionnaires. After that, I just start writing.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love romance, especially historical romance. I also like, YA/teen, fantasy, and paranormal. I look for books that have a happily ever after. Bad endings or bittersweet endings are just depressing.
Describe your desk
Messy. And covered with research books. But I also have a vase of silk flowers and my writing awards to remind me in those hard days that I really can write.
What are you working on next?
I just finished final edits of Courting the Country Miss, book 2 of my Courting series. I am also writing the rough draft of book 5 of my Rogue Hearts series, plotting book 2 of my Music of the Heart Series, and am in the early planning stages of book three of the Courting series. I am also brainstorming a brand new series that takes place during the Napoleonic Wars.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember my very first book but I loved fairy tales as a child. One of my early favorites was The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I also loved a book of poems which included the Highwayman. Later, some of my other favorites were the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and The Secret Garden and A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I also liked Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.
When you are not writing, what do you enjoy doing?
Reading is one of my favorite pastimes. I also enjoy going for long walks in the woods. Music is another passion; I love to sing and I play the harp. Watching old movies, especially romances or historical movies such as BBC adaptations is another favorite way to relax. But mostly I love to play games with my children and spend time with my husband--he can always make me laugh.
Published 2017-03-01.
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Books by This Author

When Ship Bells Ring
Price: Free! Words: 1,530. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Regency
Lily longs for the day when her true love returns home from war, but as months go by without a letter, she loses hope that her happily ever after will come true. When his ship arrives, she must choose between her dignity and her heart's desire.
A Winter's Knight
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,600. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Regency, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
A young lady’s fascination with a murdering earl and his dark castle lands her in the heart of an ancient and terrible secret. It will take more than a Christmas kiss underneath the mistletoe to break the curse and find a happily ever after.
Emma's Dilemma
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,870. Language: American English. Published: October 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Regency, Fiction » Christian » Romance
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Horrors! Emma's favorite Gothic novel seems to have come true...but reality is not as fun as fiction. The only man she's ever loved is home from war, but he has changed in a terrifying way. Emma must decide if she can love a creature of darkness, or reveal his secret and lose him forever.
Mistletoe Magic, A Christmas Regency Short Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,400. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Christian » Romance
(5.00 from 13 reviews)
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The Reluctant Bride
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,330. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Historical
(4.31 from 16 reviews)
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Constant Hearts, Inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,910. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
(4.38 from 8 reviews)
The scandalous Lady Amelia Dasherwood must face her enemies to get aid for a forgotten orphanage. Newly returned from the war, Dr. Reed St. Ives plans to make a new life and forget Amelia. When fate reunites them, the last thing they want is to face the heartbreak that tore them apart. Amelia must choose between honoring her family’s wishes or declaring herself and risking Reed’s rejection.