About the Author 4

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HYHanna-authorH.Y. Hanna is the award-winning author of children’s fiction and also writes mysteries, romances and romantic suspense for adults. 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 a romantic Regency mystery series inspired by Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’.

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, including advertising, marketing and ESL teaching, before returning to her first love: writing.

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.

Born in Taiwan, Hsin-Yi has been a globe-trotter all her life – she grew up in the United Arab Emirates, was schooled in the U.K. and U.S., and worked in London before emigrating Down Under. Along the way, she somehow managed to pick up a wonderful husband, an assortment of pets and a slightly dodgy “trans-atlantic” accent. She loves dancing, spicy food and watching repeats of her favourite TV show: Fringe.

You can also learn more about her on the “Meet the Author (for Kids)” page.

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4 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,

    • 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!