Friday, April 2, 2010

I Need Friends Friday: Donna Hatch

It's that time of the week:

(Every Friday I interview a different person and share that interview with you. Perhaps they will be a fellow-author. Perhaps one of my neighbors. Maybe the bagger at the grocery store. A member of my family. A follower of this blog. Maybe it will be you! Hey, it could happen.)

Today's guest is Donna Hatch. Donna is the dynamic author of two fabulous new novels, Queen in Exile, a fantasy, and Guise of a Gentleman, a regency-era romance. Both novels make their debuts this month! Donna can be found on the web at her website and blog.

Let's get to know Donna!

SME: Welcome to INFF!

Donna: Thanks so much for having me

SME: Let's get to the hard-hitting stuff first! What's your favorite ice cream topping?

Donna: Ooooh. That's tough. It's a toss up between cararmel and my sister-in-law's homemade fudge topping. Butterscotch is right up there. I'm sort of an equal opportunity sweets lover.

SME: I have a feeling you are a fan of sundaes--talk about an equal opportunity dessert.

Donna: Especially if I can have more than one scoop -- one for each flavor of topping!

SME: Do you prefer your toppings on good ol' vanilla, or do you like to mix it up?

Donna: Vanilla if there are toppings to be had, but I like the other flavors without toppings.

SME: I have noticed a pattern with authors--we like to give each other advice. It's some kind of sickness. Can you think of any good writing advice you've received over the years?

Donna: I've gotten tons of good advice. Be persistent is one of them. Another is, when you get a bad review or bad feedback from a reader or critique partner that it's okay to cry, rage, have a fit, eat chocolate. (very important) Then roll up your sleeves and get back to work.

SME: Or cry while eating chocolate. Two birds... one stone.

Donna: I cry first, then eat chocolate. That way the flavor of the chocolate isn't ruined.

SME: That will be filed away as Donna Hatch's bit of writing advice! What's your favorite continent?

Donna: I've only ever been on one - the North American - but I'm absolutely fascinated by New Zealand. Which, really doesn't count as a continent at all. I'm dying to visit England some day since it'd be nice to actually see the country where all my novels take place.

SME: So it's sort of a three-way tie: North America, Europe and... does New Zealand count as part of the Australian continent? Hmmm...

Donna: Shrug. Obviously geography isn't my strength. This is like picking a favorite flavor of ice cream if you've never tried more than one.

SME: This is investigative journalism at it's best... I ask the tough questions!

Donna: I'm exhausted already.

SME: "Exhausted" is something you need to get used to. I understand you have TWO books coming out in the very near future.

Donna: Yeah, well, honestly I wouldn't recommend it. My Regency was actually moved up from a release date of April 16 to last week, and my fantasy was moved back from February, twice, to April 1. It's April Fool's Day, so I'm sure there's some irony in that.

SME: You get to undertake an INFF first: Two book blurbs back-to-back! Give us all a quick pitch for your bookS!

Donna: The Guise of a Gentleman: A young widow's quiet world is shattered by a impulsive gentleman of many secrets. When she is dragged into his world of violence and deceit, she may not survive the revelation of his past or still love him when the truth is revealed.

Queen in Exile: 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.

SME: They both sound fantastic. I don't envy you the crazy schedule you'll have over the next few weeks, though!

Donna: I figured I can start breathing again in May.

SME: How about a game? Games are fun and relaxing!

Donna: I like games.

SME: I'm bringing back a favorite game of mine, but with a twist in honor of your double release! We're going to play "Rapid Fire Q&A," where I ask you a series of questions and you have to give the first answer that comes to mind without explanation or details. You, however, get to give the first TWO answers that come to mind!!

Donna: I'm scared already.

SME: It's easy. And there are no wrong answers!

Donna: Okay bring it on.

SME: What's your favorite vacation spot(s)?

Donna: Beach! and Mountains.

SME: Place(s) you'd like to live?

Donna: The afore mentioned beach and mountains

SME: What you wanted to be when you grew up

Donna: a ballerina and an actress

SME: Favorite teacher(s)

Donna: Mrs. Hildebrant and Mr. Dante

SME: favorite letter(s) of the alphabet

Donna: L and... A

SME: TV show(s) you remember from your childhood

Donna: Flipper. Little House on the Prairie.

SME: favorite invention(s) of the 20th century

Donna: disposable diapers. computers

SME: Wow, Donna! Every answer was correct. You're the winner! How do you do it?!

Donna: I like to win.

SME: Which brings us to the part of the interview where you get to see your portrait!

Donna: It can't be worse than anything I draw. Unless there are snakes coming out of my hair.

SME: I try to avoid portraying my guests as evil mythological creatures.

Donna: Oh, right. You're not my brother.

*SME, who is not Donna's brother, draws a fabulous portrait!!*

Donna: Beautuful!!!! I wish I was that thin! (But I do usually wear clothes)

SME: I, too, wear clothes. But I can't draw clothes, thus the need for stick figures.

Donna: I understand. I can't even draw shoes that well.

SME: I decked you out in a fab pair of brown Sketchers!

Donna: Thank you!

SME: Comfortable and cute--what more could a girl ask for in a pair of shoes?

Donna: Um, sexy? Oh, wait, that's the body I'd like to have. Comfortable and cute is fabulous for shoes.

SME: And now for the final question of the interview... Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

Donna: 1.) I've never laughed out loud during an interview
2.) I've never had my portrait offered by an interviewer
3.) My spelling and grammar will be corrected.
4.) I didn't have time to agonize over my answers
5.) and...drum roll please...I got interviewed by one of my most favorite authors!

SME: *bows deeply* Thank you. Thank you. Best of luck, Donna, on your releases!

Donna: Seriously, this was lots of fun.

SME: So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for being my INFF friend!

Donna: Thanks for having me!

SME: *cue exit music* Well, this has been "I Need Friends" Friday. Come back next week when I will make another friend!!

If you'd like to be interviewed for "I Need Friends" Friday, shoot me off an email: friends at sarahmeden dot com!
I am looking for anyone and everyone, whether or not you think you are interesting. You'll get a fantastic stick figure portrait of yourself, a little promotion (if you're looking for that sort of thing) and the opportunity to tell your friends and family that you've been interviewed by SME, er... by ME!

(Donna gets 2 extra entries in April's giveaway if her interview receives 5 or more comments!!)


Krista said...

Fun interview! It's great to learn about new (to me) authors. Loved the speed round. Good job, ladies!

Amie said...

Hey! I just started The Stranger She Married! What great timing. I enjoyed the interview and look forward to picking up some new books.

mormonhermitmom said...

I'm impressed she has two books coming out close to each other. I wonder if she ever sleeps?

Elizabeth Morgan said...

I think Queen in Exile sounds like a fun book. Authors are so amazing!!!

Donna Hatch said...

Thanks for stopping by, Krista, Amie, Mormonhermitmom, and Elizabeth! MHM, I sleep occasionally -- it's one of my favorite things to do when I'm alone in the house, next to reading.
Authors are pretty amazing...
amazingly crazy!
Sarah, Thanks again for having me in INFF. It was fun!

JAMAL said...

Totally rad.
I got a preview of Queen in Exile. Y'all are in for a treat!

Regan Brianne Jensen said...

Awesome interview, Donna, Sarah! Talk about exciting when you get to see two of your favorite people banter back and forth! I got a sneak peek at QiE and I am PSYCHED for it's release! Congrats, Donna! Love ya!

Joyce DiPastena said...

Loved the interview! I'm coveting a stick figure of myself, but not enough to volunteer for one of these terrifying (but delightful to read as long as it's not me) interviews!


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