GENRE: Urban Fantasy
About L.M Hatchell
Born and bred in Dublin, L.M. Hatchell is a fully qualified accountant, a health and fitness enthusiast, and mammy to a little girl with a big personality. In the rare minutes of the day when she has peace, you’ll find her with her head buried in a book, lost in a world of magic, intrigue, and suspense. She started writing at a young age and could often be found passing the pages of her next story around her friends at school. Then life got in the way and she forgot the joy of writing. Until now…
To get to know the author better, we asked L.M. Hatchell a quick round of questions, and here are her answers:
Q1: What inspired you to start writing?
I loved writing when I was younger and was always writing weird essays in school, but for some reason, it didn’t carry through with me to adulthood. A few years ago I got an idea for a book and decided to start playing around with it. I wrote a bit of backstory to the idea and didn’t really know where to go with it, so I just kind of filed it away. It was only when my uncle mentioned a phrase that really sparked my imagination – 3 minutes to midnight – that my subconscious wouldn’t let it go. So, I started reading books on writing fiction and went from there.
Q2: When did you start writing?
I started planning and writing 3 Minutes to Midnight towards the end of 2017, and aside from a break while I was pregnant, I’ve been writing ever since.
Q3: What time of the day do you usually write?
Usually, I get my writing in around 7 pm when my other half is putting our little girl to bed. I’ve learned to be pretty flexible with my time and places for writing though so I’ll grab spare time whenever I can.
Q4: You currently have two books published as part of a trilogy, when is the third book due to release?
I’m working on the third book at the minute, and I’m aiming for early next year to release it. I’d love more than anything to be a faster writer, but my priority is always the quality of the story, so I’ve accepted that that’s my level for now.
Q5: Describe your writing space?
I will write anywhere. I have the Scrivener app on my phone so I can access my current WIP at any time, and I’ve learned to not get too set on a particular environment/routine because it just causes me more stress if something impacts that. I do love going to a coffee shop to write and I’ve missed being able to do that over the past year.
Q6: How much ‘world’ building takes place before you start writing.
Not enough! This trilogy has been my first ever attempt to really develop a story and world. As I base my books here in modern-day Ireland some of it comes pretty easy, but as the books have gone on I’ve found it a little harder. My plan for the next series is to spend more time up front planning and developing the world.
Q7: Is writing your full-time career? Or would you like it to be?
No. I work full time as an accountant (I swear I’m not a boring one). I love writing and want to continue it, but I don’t think I’d like to make it a full-time career. I think the pressure that goes along with having my income reliant on it would take away a lot of the fun and put a strain on my imagination.
Q8: What is your favourite genre to read?
My favourite genre is urban fantasy. I basically write the type of books I like to read: suspense-focused UF. I read a lot of horror and thriller when I was younger, and I discovered UF through Bookbub. I still check out the odd thriller from time to time, but I always drift back in this direction before long.
Q9: What was the first book to make you cry?
I don’t know if it was the first book, but Danielle Steel’s book, No Greater Love, used to always make me cry. It’s based around the sinking of the Titanic and I read it many times when I was younger.
Q10: What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your books?
I think the most surprising thing I’ve discovered is that I can actually write a book, and more surprisingly, that it’s one people enjoy reading. I’ve published two now, and I still look at that blank page thinking there’s no way I’m going to be able to do this. Each book is daunting in its own way, but I’ve learned to trust the process. It’s definitely a lesson in perseverance!
Books by L.M. Hatchell
3 Minutes to Midnight: Urban Fantasy Midnight Trilogy Book 1
A small Dublin pub …
… holds the key to humanity’s survival.
Who will learn its secret?
Half vampire, half fae, Phoenix is an abomination in the eyes of the supernatural community. Screw them! She’s more than happy to play human in the cosy Irish pub she calls home.
At least until an annoying werewolf comes knocking.
Because Phoenix may be done with the supernatural world, but it’s not quite done with her.
Her birth has triggered a prophecy, and now the clock is ticking. Humanity will be the first to suffer for her existence.
Everything, and everyone, she loves is in danger, and as the body count rises Phoenix must learn to embrace the darkest parts of herself.
Or lose it all.
2 Minutes to Midnight: Urban Fantasy Midnight Trilogy Book 2
Defeat the bad guy. Stop the prophecy. Live happily ever after.
That’s how it goes in the movies …
… Isn’t it?
Phoenix is quickly learning that life’s not like the movies, and with the prophecy time bomb still ticking, happily ever after isn’t on the cards for her. All the sacrifice was for nothing.
To make matters worse, the Council now know of her existence and they’re pissed.
When they deploy the Mists, their deadliest assassins, she has no choice other than to run.
They want her dead. She wants to live.
But what if there’s an alternative to death and destruction?
If like us you are interested in L.M. Hatchell’s Midnight Series you can download a FREE copy of Midnight Comes, A Midnight Series Prequel HERE!
Thank you, L.M. Hatchell, for participating, and we look forward to following you on your author journey.
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