Monday, December 21, 2015

Interview with Regency Romance Author Donna Hatch

Donna Hatch, author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” has won writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of eight and has been listening to those voices ever since. She is a sought-after workshop presenter, and juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children. A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty five years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

Welcome back to my blog, Donna. This is the synopsis of your new Regency Romance: The Suspect’s Daughter.

Determined to help her father with his political career, Jocelyn sets aside dreams of love until she meets a mysterious gentleman with dangerous secrets. Working undercover, Grant’s only suspect for a murder conspiracy is the father of a lady who is getting increasingly hard to ignore. They must work together to find the assassins. England’s future hangs in the balance...and so does their love.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

The murder plot in The Suspect’s Daughter was inspired by a true event in England known as the Cato Street Conspiracy, which thankfully, was averted largely in part due to an undercover Bow Street Runner whose name I never learned. This event happened in 1820, the same year my book takes place, and though my conspiracy varied considerably from the true events, there is a similar basic plot.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

I’ve been researching the Regency since 2002 when I first decided this was going to be my specialty so I can weave in details about customs, fashion, the political climate and current events into my books. For this book specifically, I researched the Cato Street Conspiracy from many different sources, as well as Parliament and how a new prime minister was chosen. I also studied maps and travel guides to understand the layout of London so I can add little details to make the readers feel as if they are there. In addition, I inadvertently researched concussions when my husband got one, and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome through his friend who’d recently returned home from serving in the armed forces in the Middle East.

Please tell us about one of the main characters in this story and what you like about him or her.

Though Grant Amesbury is a cynic and a loner, his brothers always turned to him when they needed help. Grant would be the last one to classify himself as a dark knight, but he thrives on chasing down villains and dragging them to justice--dead or alive. Intriguing and enigmatic, Grant has captivated readers since the first book in the series, The Stranger She Married, hit bookstores. And each time he appeared in subsequent books, The Guise of a Gentleman, and A Perfect Secret, his fan base grew as did requests for his very own story.

I have been planning to finish his story in time for an autumn release date, but my daughter got married and then our family moved out of state. All of these events took me away from writing. But I was determined to release the book this year—I felt I owed that to my fans. So I pushed and pushed and managed to get it finished in time for a December release date—sort of a Christmas present to my fans who’ve been begging for Grant’s story.

I, too, liked Grant when I read The Stranger She Married, so I’m glad that you have made him a main character in this story. Where can my readers find you online?

Donna's Website:
Donna's Facebook:
The link to buy The Suspect’s Daughter

Thank you, Donna, for this wonderful interview. I hope my followers will grab a copy and read it. Your regency romances are not only intriguing but very clean. A BIG PLUS!


Linda Moffitt said...

looks like a great book even better being based on a true event thanks for the chance

Library Lady said...

I hope you are able to get some rest during the Christmas season. All that you are involved in makes me tired but I could do all you do if I were 30 years younger.
Thanks for being so persistent on wanting to finish your book.
Merry Christmas!
Janet E.

Sonja said...

I have always loved a great mystery! Sounds like a wonderful book. Merry Christmas!

Lisa Lu said...

I seriously love all of Donna's work and couldn't be more excited about continuing series with Grant's story!! This is a great interview!

Kori said...

My favorite genre has always been historical fiction so the Romance in the same book is awesome. I love all of Donna's books.

Kori said...

My favorite genre has always been historical fiction so the Romance in the same book is awesome. I love all of Donna's books.

Mary Preston said...

I love the true life inspiration. I also love Regency Romances.


Laurean Brooks said...

Donna Hatch is a wonderful writer. You can tell she spends time on research to create interesting stories.

Congrats on a new release, Donna. And may God bless you with many, many more.

Donna Hatch said...

Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog, and thank you to everyone for stopping by! Lots of love back at ya!

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Congratulations to Mary Preston! You are the winner of this awesome regency romance. I know you'll enjoy it.