Jen: Happy Thursday! It’s day four of paranormal week and we are excited to welcome Hanna Martine to Romancing the Book. Hanna, will you share a short bio with us?.
Hanna: Hanna Martine writes sexy, character-driven romance novels in several different sub-genres. Sometimes there’s magic (paranormal); sometimes there isn’t (contemporary). She left a decade of office work in order to show her daughter what it means to go after your dream. She loves bar stools, the imaginary world, travel and her friends. Though she and her family live outside Chicago, her heart resides in Australia.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Hanna: My latest book, Drowning in Fire, is the third book in my Elementals paranormal romance series, following the various elemental races here on Earth—their wars, their love affairs, their testy politics, and dangerous magic. Here’s the blurb:
Hidden in the Hawaiian islands, there is magic pure enough to heal a broken heart…
Three years ago, Griffin and Keko’s forbidden affair ended in a storm of fire and ice. Now Griffin leads the water elementals, while Keko has been stripped of her coveted status among the flame wielders. To restore her name, she embarks on a suicide mission. As Griffin tracks his former lover through the untamed Hawaiian wilderness, Keko leads him straight to the source of all fire magic. But will the intense power they discover draw them back together or destroy them both?
The idea for this book came from me desperately wanting to write about Griffin, who is the jilted love interest from book 1, Liquid Lies. When I was writing book 2, A Taste of Ice, I knew who his love would be almost the moment she appeared on the page. I wanted to write a heroine who was ballsy to the extreme and who had a lot of growing up to do. Drowning in Fire basically came out of me wanting to challenge myself, wanting to see if I could write a difficult heroine and show her great epiphany on the page. If you like tough, badass chicks, Keko is your woman!
Jen: Favorite dance move?
Hanna: You’re asking this of a former high school and college dance team member. How can I possibly choose??!! I do seem to have affection for “the running man,”come to think of it…
Jen: Which reality show would you want to be on?
Hanna: The Amazing Race, no question. All that travel and adventure and things that scare you. I would like to have a partner, and to not have to be cagey and manipulative and alone like on Survivor.
Jen: Dream vacation spot?
Hanna: The place I’m dying to visit for the first time? France, the whole country, just taking a couple of months to drive around and eat and drink. The place I’d return to every year, if possible? The British Isles. The place I’d live if given the chance? Sydney, Australia.
Jen: Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Hanna: Morning, 100%. Although I have been known to outlast my husband on nights out with friends. Clearly I am the cool one in this relationship.
Jen: Coffee or tea?
Hanna: I seem to drink more coffee, but if I had to choose one over the other for the rest of my life I would go with tea because of the variety. Have you been in those tea shops? They’re heavenly.
Jen: Favorite superhero?
Hanna: Superman, as played by Christopher Reeve. Wow, was he hot. Particularly as Clark Kent.
Jen: Favorite James Bond actor?
Hanna: Always been a huge Pierce Brosnan fan, but then Daniel Craig came along and he brought a vulnerability to the role that I loved.
Jen: What invention you can’t live without?
Hanna: The car. I don’t even care what kind of car, I just can’t imagine having to rely on public transportation all the time. As much as I detest the suburbs, just climbing in my car and going somewhere with free parking is a powerful convenience.
Jen: How do you eat an Oreo?
Hanna: Bite it, baby. Just bite right into that bad boy.
Jen: What TV family would you want to be a part of?
Hanna: The Starks. Just kidding! Oh, goodness. I don’t watch that much TV, and when I do it’s certainly not any shows with admirable families like the Huxtables (because was there any better family???). I gravitate toward darker shows.
Jen: What first attracts you to the opposite sex?
Hanna: A smile and laugh, attached to an electric personality and incredible sense of humor.
Jen: Print or ebook?
Hanna: Print AND ebook. I still have a ton of print I’ve collected over the years and that I’ve picked up from conferences and such, but when I buy new I buy ebooks. Also depends on whether or not I’m traveling or if I have to read in bed (gotta love the Paperwhite!).
Jen: What’s next for you?
Hanna: I plan to release three more projects this year—two complete novels and a novella. First up is The Isis Knot, a time-travel romance featuring a disgraced nineteenth century British sailor sentenced to the Australian penal colony, and the modern-day woman whose path to reformation is interrupted when she’s sent there to find him.
My next contemporary romance, The Good Chase, comes out in December. It stars a Wall-Street-during-the-week/rugby-bruiser-on-the-weekend hero and a smart bar-owner heroine who’s also one of the country’s premier whisky experts.
I hope to release a contemporary novella prior to The Good Chase, which will take place in the same New Hampshire small town and feature a secondary character from the first book in the series, Long Shot.
Thank you so much for having me! Happy Anniversary!!