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Hannah Alexander

Hannah Alexander

Hannah Alexander is the pen name for a husband/wife writing team, Cheryl and Mel Hodde, in which the wife is the novelist and the husband provides medical expertise from his experience of many years as a physician. They chose the name "Hannah Alexander" to incorporate their two names into one. They have read that Hannah means "her hope is in the Lord," and Alexander means, "servant of mankind."

Both Mel and Cheryl Hodde (pronounced Hoddee) dreamed of their chosen professions since they were children. Mel remembers the decision he made when he was ten years old to become a physician. At the time his dream was to be an old-time country doctor who knew all his patients as well as he knew his own family, prayed for them, and sometimes even accepted chickens for payment. Although his career didn''t develop in the way he expected, he can''t imagine anything more rewarding, especially now that he is able to incorporate his knowledge into novels with his wife.

Cheryl remembers composing songs and stories before she knew her ABC''s. When she wrote her first romance novel in 1985 she realized that no romance, and no life, can be right without Christ at the center, and so that was how she wrote—with Christ at the center. After she and Mel got married in 1995, they worked together on rewrites of her previous manuscripts. This time, when she marketed them, they began to gain notice from publishers. Three of her first novels, entitled The Healing Promise, Ozark Sunrise, and A Living Soul have now been published by Heartsong Presents under the name of Hannah Alexander.

Hannah writes inspirational novels of suspense, romance, women''s fiction and medical small–town drama with a dose of subtle humor.

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