The short version:
My name’s Hanna, and I write YA fantasy with a classic bent, in the tradition of Robin McKinley, Shannon Hale, Kristen Cashore, and Garth Nix. I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma (where the wind comes sweeping down the plain) with my husband Dan and our two Disreputable Dogs. (We also have a cat, but he’s sort of his own man, and somehow we never seem to count him.) I am passionate about tea brewed and served the right way, crumbly, sharp cheese, sunshine, bees, Scotland, gardening, and the power of stories. I am represented by Jenny Bent of The Bent Agency. Also…
☼ Hobbit/Lorien elf Hybrid
☼ Enneagram 4w5
☼ Favorite Doctor: David Tennant (+ an honorary nod to Tom Baker)
☼ Favorite standalone book: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
☼ Favorite series: Harry Potter
☼ Fictional doppelgangers: Ginny Weasley, Anne Shirley, Tolkien’s Goldberry
The long version:
I am a daydreaming, reading, writing, introverted, quirky and creative type of person, and for much of my adult life I have followed in my artist-father’s footsteps and eked out a living by selling hand-painted ceramic coffee mugs. And while I will always have a soft spot in my heart for tactile art, my first love is storytelling. I started writing my first (terrible) novel in the tenth grade, and since then I have completed four more (hopefully increasing in quality), begun many others, and fully revised or rewritten the novel that landed me my agent somewhere in the neighborhood of seven times. In college I studied English and Creative Writing, and I have worked as a Barnes & Noble Bookseller, a Scholastic Book Fairs Merchandiser, a community college writing tutor, and a plant saleswoman at a local nursery. I’ve been told I have whimsical, cozy, and eclectic taste, and if there is a medical condition for people who compulsively buy more books than they could ever possibly read, I have it.
I love cottages, gardens, Scotch whisky, floral patterns, pink grapefruit and magnolia scented candles, springtime, gardens, rolling meadows, horseback riding, fluffy blankets, twinkle lights, the smell of dirt and grass, folk music, pottery, thrift stores, honey, tall bookshelves, dark beers, mismatched dishes, dry humor, movie soundtracks, tartan, dog facial expressions, crackling fireplaces, hot tea, sunlight, cheese, Tocca perfumes, redbud trees, warm weather, cat memes, Monty Python, Doctor Who, historical British dramas, hymns, watercolors, Muggle Quidditch, dawn, Hamilton, and board games.
I detest snakes, being cold, traffic, the word “moist,” flying in airplanes, doing my taxes, bad book-to-film debacles, country music, algebra, and driving in winter weather.
I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, went to college in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and moved back to Tulsa, to be near my family. In 2017, I married the love of my life, who is a Seattle native, and now our hearts are split between the plains and the mountains. We have two dogs: a 12 year-old catahoula leopard mutt named Ophelia (my best friend since college), and a 2 year-old shepherd/lab mutt named Elentari. Unfortunately, and for complicated and hard-to-explain reasons, our cat is named Catten, but it really should have been either Zaphod Beeblebrox or Mogget. In true cat style, he does his own thing, and vastly prefers the dogs to Dan and I.
Favorite books include: HP and Ella Enchanted (as mentioned), but also, The Lord of the Rings, Pride & Prejudice, Persuasion, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Anne of Green Gables, Heidi, the Abhorsen books, Graceling, The Lunar Chronicles, East, Quest for a Maid, Outlander, The Seer and the Sword, The Queen’s Thief series, North and South, Peter Pan, The Princess and the Goblin, A Wrinkle in Time, I Capture the Castle, Stardust, Princess Academy, The Goose Girl,The Book Thief, Wildwood Dancing, Till We Have Faces, Spindle’s End, Beauty, Esio Trot, The Books of Pellinor, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Jane Eyre, The Princess Bride, Whisky Galore…