Author Spotlight: Robin Lee Hatcher

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This week we are featuring Robin Lee Hatcher, author of The Heart’s Pursuit! To enter to win a copy of The Heart’s Pursuit, leave a comment on this post. 

Tell us a little about your new book . . .

Robin Lee HatcherA jilted bride desperate to save her family from ruin. A bounty hunter seeking vengeance for a ravaged past. An arduous trek toward justice—or redemption.

Silver Matlock and Jared Newman know traveling together is a bad idea. Bad for Silver’s already tarnished reputation in her small Colorado town. Bad for bounty hunter Jared’s secret, single-minded mission for revenge. But Silver is determined to track down the rogue who left her at the altar and stole the last remnant of her father’s fortune. And Jared’s in a hurry to hunt down the murderer who destroyed his family—even if Silver is too distractingly beautiful for comfort.

The pair takes off over mountain and desert, past bleak homesteads and raw mining towns, hot on the trail of the two villains who took what wasn’t theirs to take. Soon supplies dwindle, secrets emerge, and suspicion leave Silver and Jared at odds when they need each other most. To confront an enemy deadlier than desert rattlesnakes and rocky cliffs, Silver and Jared must learn to forgive and trust and face the question they haven’t dared voice: What happens next?

How can readers find you and your books?

I love the opportunity to interact with readers in person and via the Internet (email, my website & blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads). The best way for readers to know about book news, including frequent giveaways, is to subscribe to my newsletter which I send out six to eight times a year and also subscribe to get my blog posts via email. My blog posts are always the fastest way to get news. Readers can find subscription boxes and links to my social media sites on my website, robinleehatcher.com.

Anything new for you on the book horizon?

Yes! In June, I have a new novella collection releasing. Four Weddings & a Kiss, written by Margaret Brownley, Mary Connealy, Debra Clopton, and me, just received a TOP PICK review from RT Book Reviews. The novellas are available separately on ebooks, but I encourage readers to get the collection because there is a prologue and an epilogue that tie the stories together. Readers won’t get those in the individual novellas.

And in November, I take readers back to the setting of A Promise Kept in my new Kings Meadow Romance series. The first book is Love Without End. I think readers will be delighted to see Chet Leonard as the hero. I owed him a happily-ever-after of his own.

Why do you write?

I write because I was born to tell stories, and my favorite stories to tell are ones that include God and His relationship with my characters.

What are you best known for…writing or otherwise?

As a writer, I believe I’m best known for making readers cry. And among my friends, I’m often thought of as the go-to person if you don’t know how to do something with a Mac or on the Internet/Social Media.

Best author moment?

When a writer lets me know that one of my stories touched their heart.

Worst author moment?

Oh, dear. It has to be an error that no one caught in a book back in my secular career. The hero and heroine of the first book in the series were Addie and Will. In the second book they were Rose and Michael. About halfway through that second book, the chapter ended with Rose and Michael, now married, going to bed. In the next chapter, when the couple awakens the following morning, I mistakenly typed the husband’s name as Will instead of Michael. No one ever caught it through the entire editing process. After the book released, I started getting letters. When I got the first one telling me about the error, I remember saying, “Oh, that can’t be true.” But it was.

If you weren’t able to write, what would you do?

I would become a horse trainer. Or an actress. Or I would be an actress who also trained horses.

Describe your ideal circumstances to write.

Mornings in my office with a hot cup of coffee within reach of my right hand. Music playing softly in iTunes. Dog sleeping in her bed nearby.

Right this moment, what does your office look like?

Like a tornado passed through it in the night. Far too many piles of papers that I’ve promised myself I will read.

How would you describe your writing style to a reader?

Emotional, heart-tugging, hope-filled.

If you could write any book–on any topic–and be guaranteed a publishing contract, what topic would it be? (Or genre?)The Heart's Pursuit

There is a story inspired by a country song that I was writing back when the economy went into decline. It was thought a bit dark at the time, but I hope I get to return to it someday.

Ever had a bad review? How did you handle it?

Oh, gracious. Is there any writer who hasn’t received a bad review? I got a letter from a reader who had thrown one of my books in the trash because the protagonist received a marriage proposal from a divorced man. (The protagonist didn’t accept the proposal.) The tone of the letter helped me realize that readers bring their own hurts and experiences into the books they read, and when they react harshly, I need to pray for them.

What’s one thing you learned about the publishing industry in last five years?

Well, in the last five years, the main lesson is that no one knows what publishing will look like next year. I’ve been published for over thirty years, and for most of that time, publishing looked the same as it always had. That’s no longer true.

Are you an introvert? Extrovert? In between?

Extreme Extrovert. As high on the scale as those tests go.

Do you enjoy public speaking as an author? Why or why not?

Yes, I love public speaking. It is part of the storyteller in me.

Can a person make a living as a writer?

Most of us aren’t rich like Stephen King or Nora Roberts, but yes, one can make a living as a writer. I have been the sole or main breadwinner in the family for over twenty years.

What are you working on now?

I am currently writing the second book in the Kings Meadow Romance series. It will release in May 2015.

Any last thoughts to share?

Simply to repeat how very much I appreciate hearing from readers.


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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.

Comments

  1. Connie Hendryx says:

    I love Robin Lee Hatcher! I would love to win her book! Thanks for the great interview!!

  2. Sonja says:

    Thanks Suzanne, I have wanted to read this author’s books for quite a while but haven’t had the chance yet. Thanks for the interview!

  3. Donna Bayar Repsher says:

    I’ve read a number of Robin Lee Hatcher’s novels, and enjoyed them immensely. I’d love to win a copy of this one! Thanks for posting the excellent interview!

  4. Your new books all look and sound as good as all your other books. Would love to win one.

  5. Sierra Faith says:

    So excited you are writing another book in the same setting as A Promise Kept!!! I just finished a Promise Kept and can’t wait to read about what happen to Chet:) Love your books!

  6. Merry Z says:

    Robin is a favorite author at my house! I look forward to reading The Heart’s Pursuit, it sounds terrific.

  7. Vivian says:

    I’ve read a few of Robin’s books and really enjoyed them. I would love to win this one!

  8. Linda Kish says:

    I would love to win a copy of her book.

  9. MarJean Coulter says:

    I’m surprised that Mrs. Hatcher is an extreme extrovert as a writer! That breaks my mental category that most writers are private people who just share a glimpse of their lives and who hide behind their laptops, FB profiles…..give an interview or two every few months……I’m glad Robin is open to sharing herself with all of us! I loved this interview with her and I feel like I know her so very well, she sounds like me! There’s hope that I will write soon because both of you Susan and Robin INSPIRED me today!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love you both! I hope to win her book, this sounds like fun to read!!! :)

  10. Britney Adams says:

    I enjoyed Robin’s lovely interview and would love to win a copy of THE HEART’S PURSUIT! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

  11. Kathy Jacob says:

    What a great interview! I would love to win this new book.

  12. Jeanette G. says:

    Oh I love when authors interact with readers. I am much more likely to pick up a book by a friendly author. And she seems so friendly.

  13. Jean Smith says:

    Great interview! Would love to win this book.

  14. Judy Cooper says:

    I really enjoyed this interview. I love to read about people who write the books that I read.

  15. steph j says:

    Would love to win, she is such a great author. Love her books.

  16. Terri Gobble says:

    As an author at heart, it is always good to read about a writer’s experience and encouraging words.

  17. angela chesnut says:

    would love to win.

  18. Lisa Stifler says:

    Great interview. Thanks for sharing. I cant wait to read The Hearts Pursuit, thank you for this chance to win a copy. I just want to thank you that your characters have a relationship with God. It is nice have good Christian fiction to read. Looking forward to your new books. May God continue to bless you as you write.

  19. Jennifer Essad says:

    great storyline and awesome excerpt, I love the characters already-can’t wait to read and enjoy this summer

  20. Charlotte says:

    Thanks for the interview. I would love to win Robin’s book.

    • Georgianne Barnett says:

      I’ve many of Robin’s books, love them, and have been waiting to read this one. Would so love, love, love to win it. The cowgirl on the horse is a big draw for me. Historical is my favorite!!

  21. Patty says:

    Robin is great! I’ve read quite a few of her books over the years…

  22. Renate Sharp says:

    Love to win a book of yours.

  23. Lynn Grier says:

    Interview was interesting and the book cover of Hearts Pursuit is lovely kind of draws you into the book. Would like be drawn in to read. Thanks.

  24. Nancy M says:

    I would love to have this book! I enjoy Robin’s books! I have read a few. And I enjoyed the interview. Thanks!

  25. Shirley Blanchard says:

    ilove Robins books and would love to win this one

  26. Bonnie Traher says:

    On my wish list.

  27. Chrissy says:

    I just read my first book by Robin a few months ago (Loving Libby) and really enjoyed it. I hope that I win so that I can enjoy another of her books. :)

  28. Pam K. says:

    The Heart’s Pursuit sounds like another winner for Robin. Thanks for the chance to win her new book and for the interview with her. It’s always fun to learn more about authors whose books I like to read.

  29. sharon miller says:

    I really liked A Promise Kept and this one should be just as wonderful. I would love to win it. sm

  30. Susan Johnson says:

    I loved this interview with Robin Lee Hatcher. She is one of my favorites. Thank you for a chance to win a copy of her book.

  31. Ola Norman says:

    I’ve been reading Robin’s books for several years now and can’t wait to read this new one. She never disappoints me.

  32. Johnda Scott says:

    Nice interview. Have read Robin’s books and would love to win this one.

  33. Susan Fletcher says:

    Sounds like a great book!

  34. Judy Cooper says:

    I love reading Robin’s books. She seems to put so much thought in them, such depth. She shares so much of herself with her fans. Thank you for this contest.

  35. Martha Peace says:

    would love to win

  36. Lisa Eichelberger says:

    I love Robin’s books! Her characters are like friends, and her historicals are like a trip back in time. I would love to win a copy of ‘The Heart’s Pursuit.’

  37. Robin–Lots of chatter going on about your interview! Thanks so much for sharing from your heart. I admire you in so many ways! Warmly, Suzanne

  38. Love your writing

  39. Angelica M says:

    Robin Lee Hatcher, is an amazing author. I can’t wait to read The Heart’s Pursuit! I’m a writer as well, but I’m mostly introverted unless I’m drawn to get into a conversation. It really just depends on the situation. I’m mostly to myself unless I’m with family and friends.

  40. Diane Hurd says:

    love your work

  41. Jackie McNutt says:

    Thank you for the great review of Robin. she is one of my favorite authors .
    I can’t wait for her new releases.
    Thank You

  42. Look forward to reading all your books. Great interview.

  43. DeAnn O says:

    Thanks for the interview – it was interesting to see what Robin’s ideal writing day would look like. I’d love to win a copy of her book.

  44. Nat says:

    I Love Robin’s style, her energy…her heart for the Lord! Mix them up and it equals GREAT BOOKS!

  45. felecia says:

    I would love to read this.

  46. Connie Saunders says:

    Robin is such a great author and this interview shows that she is a wonderful person also. Thanks for the chance to Win!

  47. MarieP. says:

    Loved this interview/conversation. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of The Heart’s Pursuit :)

  48. Shirley M. Franklin says:

    I love how enthused Robin is about her writing and about her characters. It makes me want to read her books. I’d love to win one!
    Thank you for this opportunity.

  49. Maryann says:

    Thanks for such a wonderful interview I would love to read Robins book.

  50. Angie Carroll says:

    It was interesting getting to know a little about Robin!

  51. Lisa Cowell says:

    It’s interesting that you used the wrong husband’s name in a book and no one caught it (before publication.) I have noticed the same thing in a couple of books I have read. I think writer’s get so immersed in their character’s lives that it is hard to switch gears when starting a new project.

  52. Cyndi Wilson says:

    Have loved all of Robin’s books!! Great interview! Good perspective on bad reviews! Looking forward to The Heart’s Pursuit… as well as the follow-up to A Promise Kept! Thanks for the giveaway!

  53. Tricha says:

    looks great

  54. Debbie L says:

    Robin is one of my authors that I don’t need to know what the book is about, I just know I like her writing and I’ll read it! Would love to win this book then put in our church’s media center. Great interview. And I can’t believe no one caught the characters names changing throughout the book, funny story!

  55. Joelle S. says:

    It’s always fun to read about different authors and their interests. I get to work with horses all summer at a camp. I wish I had Robin’s experience to help me!

  56. Mary says:

    Looks and sounds like another great book.

  57. Genny says:

    Sounds great! Would love to read it.