Hanna Mina was considered as one of the most outstanding novelists in Syria. He was born in Latakia, 1924 to a poor family, and lived his childhood in (al-Mostanqa'a) district , in one of Iskenderun villages. After the Turkish aggression on his native district, he emigrated to other parts of Syria to pursue fighting with his friends against the French Mandate.
-In 1939 , he returned with his family to Lattakia, where he worked as a barber.
- After that he worked as a porter in Lattakia's port and then as a sailor on boats and ships .
-Started his literary life as a journalist . He was interested in writing radio series in vernacular. And then he worked as government employee thenhe began to write many stories and novels.
- Sent his first stories for publishing in Damascene newspapers.
- Moved to Beirut in 1946 searching for a work , and later moved to Damascus in 1947 where he settled, and worked in (al-Insha'a) newspaper until he became its editor-in-chief.
- His first literary works were very modest, then he began to write news and short articles and essays in famous newspapers in Syria and Lebanon before he restored to writing short stories.
- Began his literary career in writing a Don Quixote like play , but unfortunately it escaped his library, the thing which discouraged him to write plays.
- His first novel was entitled (al-Masabeh al-Zorq)" The Blue Lamps", 1954.
- He wrote about 30 novels , eight of which talking about the sea as depicted his attachment to the sea and sailors who waged perilous challenges of the sea.
- Among his famous novels (al-Nojoom Tohakem al-Qamar)" The Stars Judge The Moon", and (al-shams fi Yawm Ghaem)" The Sun in Cloudy Day", (Nihayat Rajol Shojaa)" The End of a Brave Man", and (al-Shira'a wa al-A'asefa)" The Sail and The Storm" , most of them have been rendered into television works.
- Lived a hard expatriation experience , he moved from Latakia to Ersuz plain near Antakya, Eskenderun, then Latakia again, Beirut, Damascus. Then he married and travelled with his family across Europe arriving to China, where he settled for five years.
- Shared a group of writers in Syria the foundation of the Syrian Writers Association, 1951.
- Contributed to establishing the Arab Writers Union,1969.