Thank you for stopping in to visit and learn about today's author, HD Hatcher.
Author HD Hatcher is no newcomer on the literary scene. He is author of In the Heart of the Closet, a piece nominated for both the 2006 Stonewall Book Award and the 2005 Lambda Literary Award. He is an avid supporter of gay and lesbian causes, suicide prevention programs, as well as Animal Rights. Hatcher currently resides in the Grand Strand area of South Carolina, near his hometown of Conway, with his Life Partner of ten years, Jerry.
Deanna: Tell us a bit about yourself that our readers might not know.
HD: I have friends from nearly all walks of life. However, most of my friends I would identify as straight. I don’t know how it happened, it is what it is and I wouldn’t change a thing about my circle of friends.
Deanna: What made you want to become a writer?
HD: Honestly, I don’t know if I consider myself a writer. To do so would suggest that I create for money. This is not the case for me. I write for fun and have no expectations (at this point in time) to make writing my sole source of income. However, I will continue to write because I love creating and sharing my work.
Deanna: How true! Those of us who write do so because that’s who we are. Do you write under a pen name?
HD: I do write under the pen name - HD Hatcher
Deanna: As authors, we love all of our characters. Is there a certain type of character that is easier to write than another?
HD: For me, the easiest character to write is the one that is quirky, fun, and has a wicked sense of humor. This type of character allows my sense of humor to make itself known. The darker characters are the hardest because I am (in real life) fun loving and easygoing.
Deanna: Not everyone can write the dark, demented characters. Do you read in the same genre that you write in?
HD: I do read Gay related works. It is absolutely amazing at how the genre can go from one extreme to another. I tend to like the stories with meaningful plots and as little gay stereotyping as possible. All gay people are not the same, and I tend to like the stories that do not take place in a nightclub or the wooded area of a rest stop.
Deanna: LOL....how true, HD. Tell us about a typical day in your life as a writer.
HD: I work with a private contractor for the Federal Government. My job is interesting; to say the least. It is mentally demanding, but I love what I do. On the weekdays, I am too busy winding down from a long day at work in order to write. I often find myself writing on the weekends.
Deanna: Most of us have pretty vivid imaginations when it comes to story lines. I can get mine from watching TV or the news. Where do your story ideas come from?
HD: My characters can come from literally anywhere. From people that I have known for a very long time, to people that I have met once or twice, I will find aspects of them that I either like or dislike, and create a character. Sometimes, one character can be a combination of people, but I do this sparingly.
Deanna: In my books, there are parts that I so enjoyed writing. What is your favorite scene in A Cold Dark Place?
HD: My favorite scene in A Cold Dark Place is the bathtub scene. It’s sweet, endearing, and I have no idea where it came from. When reading back over it, I found myself asking, “Where did that come from?” It is very spiritual and shows the reader just how strong the love is between Luke and Andy.
This is the place in the story where the reader will realize that the love these two share transcends what love is perceived to be.
This scene can’t be taken for face value. This entire scene is about washing away the hurt from the past so that the healing process can begin to take place.
Deanna: It sounds like your book tells many things, HD. Is there another book in the publishing pipeline?
HD: Yes there is. Closet Queen will be out before the summer of 2011. Unlike A Cold Dark Place, Closet Queen is a nonfiction piece that has a happy ending.
Deanna: I’m glad to hear you’re writing more books. Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
HD: I had the honor of working with some very talented authors in the writing of an anthology entitled Unloved. Every story deals with either suicide or bullying. All proceeds from Unloved will be donated to suicide prevention and anti-bully education programs.
About A Cold Dark Place:
On a chance meeting, (at a mutual friend’s house) Luke finds the love of his life. Andy is what Luke has been longing for all of his adult years: the perfect man. But, this perfect man is not only straight—he is married to a woman who is more devilish than Satan himself.
In a bittersweet journey that will change his life forever, Luke must reach deep inside and find the strength he never knew existed. A Cold Dark Place is the story of a man who must pick up the pieces of his broken heart after a lifetime of heartbreak and betrayal.
Deanna: Where can we find your novel?
H.D: A Cold Dark Place can be found at online retailers such as Amazon.com and Barnes and Nobles, as well as the publisher itself: http://www.passionatewriterpublishing.com/
Deanna: HD, you've been a delight to chat with, thank you. Do you have a website, fan site, or Blog that we can visit?
H.D: Feel free to stop by and say, hey! My main website is currently being revamped but I also have a Facebook page, a Twitter page, and a Myspace page:
Deanna: HD, thank you so much for being here today. We wish you the best with you novels! Readers, please feel free to hop over to HD's past Interviews:
Deanna: Do you have other news for our visitors?
HD: I do! One lucky commenter will receive a copy of A Cold Dark Place in ebook format - so leave me a comment to be in the drawing! Thank you for allowing me to take up so much of your time. I hope we can do this again soon!