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When Hannah Met Alexander: (or when Cheryl met Mel)
It was a set-up from the beginning, and I wasn't interested. All I'd ever experienced with men in my adult life was pain and rejection, and so after my divorce was final, I settled down to enjoy being a single woman. My meddling pastor, Ron, however, had different ideas.
"Cheryl," he said at church one night, "I found a man for you."
"What? Are you kidding me? Brother Ron, you're crazy!"
I argued with great vehemence, but when Ron wanted his way, he got it. That night he dragged poor Mel to the back of the church as I tried to escape out the door. Mel wasn't what I expected, however. He was nothing like the men I'd known in the past. He was gentle, shy, intelligent. I got rid of him as soon as I could, of course, but that wasn't the end of it. A few weeks later, while I was eating out with a group of friends, in walked Mel. Ron gently shoved a young friend of mine from the seat beside me and beckoned to Mel to sit there. I was amazed, embarrassed, and couldn't think of a thing to say. Neither, apparently, could Mel.
I broke the silence with a discussion of my lifelong passion. "So, you're a doctor? Could you help me paralyze someone?"
You know that "deer-in-headlights" look some people get in the presence of serial killers? That was Mel. I saw my mistake immediately. "I'm sorry, it would only be temporary. I'm working on my thirteenth unpublished novel, and I need my character to be paralyzed for part of the story." (You may find the finished product in the Hannah Alexander novel, Urgent Care)
Mel regained color in his face, grinned, and together we brainstormed the pertinent information I needed for the novel. He was so intrigued he began reading all the manuscripts I had filed away, and when we got married a year and a half later, we formed a team. I began to base my heroes on Mel's strong, ethical, gentle character, and the novels began to sell. We chose the pen name of Hannah Alexander to show that we worked together as a unit. I'm the writer, Mel is the doctor who researches, edits, even writes some of the medical scenes.
You may read more about us and our novels at www.hannahalexander.com