Author's Spotlight: Donna Hatch

Dyanne: Donna, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Donna HatchDonna 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 purpose!

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 Tolkien-type world.

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?

Queen In Exile by Donna HatchDonna: 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 ultimately triumph.

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?

Donna: Pasta.

Dyanne: Favorite dessert?

Donna: Cheesecake

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?

Donna: Cheerful

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 four):

1. Go to my website 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, 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, 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, Then send me an email at and put "Queen in Exile for Free" in the subject line.

4. Friend me on Facebook,!/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1053967713) then send me an email at, telling me you're now my friend on Face book and put "Queen in Exile for Free" in the subject line.

Thatís it!

Remember, for each thing you do, you have another chance to win. Good Luck!!!

Dyanne: Donna, 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.

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