About the Author 6


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HYHanna+Muesli-AuthorPhotoH.Y. Hanna is an award-winning mystery and suspense author who also writes sweet romances and children’s fiction. Her books have spent time on the Amazon best-seller lists and she has also won awards for her novels, poetry, short stories and journalism. Under the pen name, “Penelope Swan“, she also writes Regency mystery romances inspired by Jane Austen.

Hsin-Yi graduated from Oxford University with a BA and MA in Biological Sciences and a Master of Studies in Social Anthropology. She tried her hand at a variety of jobs, before returning to her first love: writing. She worked as a freelance journalist for several years, with articles and short stories published in the UK, Australia and NZ.

Her middle grade series, the Big Honey Dog Mysteries, won Gold in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards and the Children’s Literary Classics Book Awards, as well as Silver at the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards. She has also won prizes for her short stories, the Thomas Cook Young Travellers’ Poetry Award and also received the Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann Special Feature Award for her journalism.

A globe-trotter all her life, Hsin-Yi has lived in a variety of cultures, from Dubai to Auckland, London to New Jersey, but is now happily settled in Perth, Western Australia, with her husband and a rescue kitty named Muesli – who stars in her Oxford Tearoom Mystery series.

HY+Honey+books-authorphoto4You can also learn more about her on the Meet the Author (for Kids) page of the Big Honey Dog Mysteries website, which is her middle grade mystery series inspired by her Great Dane, Honey – who has now sadly gone to the Rainbow Bridge but lives on in the books and children’s imaginations around the world.


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6 thoughts on “About the Author

  • Kat

    Congratulations! I´ve been following you since your Honey blog and it is wonderful to see how you´ve become a published author. Keep making your dreams come true! You are inspiring!

    • H.Y. Hanna (Hsin-Yi) Post author

      Hi Kat – just wanted to say a VERY belated thank you for your lovely comment. I feel very honoured that you have been following me for so long! Thank you for your kind words and wishing you all the best for your dreams coming true as well! :-)

      Best wishes,
      Hsin-Yi

    • H.Y. Hanna (Hsin-Yi) Post author

      Hi Sally – thanks for your comment but I wasn’t sure what you meant by “sweet/NESS” romantic suspense? Would you mind explaining? My Romantic Suspense series (TENDER books) are slightly more sensual than my sweet romance series (Summer Beach) but there is no graphic detail and it is all “fade to black”. I would say it’s rated PG-13 in movie terms?

      Hope that helps!

  • Barb Allen

    I really enjoyed your first two Oxford Tea Shop Mysteries and really look forward to reading your next one. These are a very nice addition to the cozy mystery genre.

    • H.Y. Hanna - Author

      Thank you so much, Barb, for your lovely comment and for taking the time to write to me! I’m so delighted to hear that you enjoyed the first two books in my new Oxford Tearoom Mysteries.

      I’m hoping to have Book 3 ready for release in mid-March so not long to wait until Gemma (and Muesli’s) next adventure! 😉

      By the way, are you signed up to my mailing list? That way, you’ll be sure to be notified when Book 3 is released. You can sign up here: http://www.hyhanna.com/newsletter

      Thanks again for stopping by!

      Best wishes,
      Hsin-Yi