Meet Hannah Alexander

"You're a doctor?" Cheryl leaned toward Mel and raised her voice to be heard over the din of Mazzio diners. "You could help me paralyze someone, then, couldn't you?"

Mel stared at her with some trepidation. This was the "nice young lady" his pastor, Brother Ron, wanted him to meet? "Um . . . well . . . what, exactly, did you--"

"I'd better explain myself," she said with a smile. "I write novels. I'm doing research on book number thirteen, and I need one of my characters to be paralyzed through part of the story. Any idea how I could do that without damaging him permanently?"

With relief and sudden interest, Mel gave her all the information she needed. Actually, she received more than she needed, in detail. He couldn't understand why she only ate half a slice of pizza the whole evening.

***

Thus was Cheryl's introduction into the world of an emergency room physician. It was Mel's introduction into fiction. They were both fascinated. A year and a half later, they were married.The fascination grew as Mel shared more of his world and Cheryl's imagination took over. Together they generated ideas for a story. With Mel's medical input, encouragement and help with plotting, and Cheryl's writing skills, they developed their first novel together, and called it Sacred Trust.

Hannah Alexander became the pen name for Cheryl and Mel Hobbe's collective writings, as it encompasses both of their identities in one name. Hannah means "her hope is in the Lord" and Alexander means "servant of mankind."

Since then they have written almost twenty novels. "I hope this is just the beginning," Cheryl says. "Mel and I have a lot of stories yet to write."

Last updated June 2008. Information from www.hannahalexander.com

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