Novel Spotlight: Dandelion Moon

Novel Spotlight: Dandelion Moon by Hannah Alexander

Dandelion Moon is the second book in the Hallowed Halls series by Hannah Alexander, the writing team that brought ER drama to Christian fiction with the trilogy Sacred Trust, Solemn Oath and Silent Pledge, and the suspenseful Hideaway novels. The medical drama series is set in the idyllic fictional Ozark town of Juliet, Missouri, and filled with colourful characters readers will come to love.

Dandelion Moon
Dandelion Moon

The following is an interview with Cheryl Hodde, one half of Hannah Alexander, the author of Dandelion Moon, with a bonus giveaway at the end of the interview.

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Dandelion Moon
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CabinWhat can you tell us about the setting of this novel?

Since Dandelion Moon is the second book in the Hallowed Halls series, it, too, is set in the small Missouri River town of Juliet during the Christmas season. Due to the dire straits of my main character, a great deal of time is spent on hospital grounds, indoors and outdoors. It does, however, have several animals in the scenes away from the hospital, a cemetery scene, horse paddock, river cliffs for a romantic interlude, and a tromp across the hospital/med-school grounds when the men duke it out with words.

 

Who are the main characters, and what is at stake for them in this story?

Myra Maxwell, psychiatrist, finds herself running in a cemetery in the opening scene, knowing nothing about who she is, where she is or why she’s here. She self-diagnoses a fugue state, and the trial for her is to find out who she is and what happened to place her here, though she knows it’s something painful enough that she’s afraid to find out.

Weston Cline, bad boy billionaire in Hallowed Halls, comes to Juliet in search of Myra because, to everyone’s surprise, he’s fallen in love with her. He has to convince the very people he hurt the most in Hallowed Halls that he’s no longer that person, but is he? Zachary Travis and Joy Gilbert have to be convinced, and it’s quite a challenge.

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Which of the characters surprised you the most in this story, and how so?

Myra surprises me because in Hallowed Halls she was fearless and strong, sure of her own identity. When she loses her whole self, she discovers weaknesses that she must work on. Weston, of course, is a huge surprise, and he has had to change a great deal to be the wounded villain in Hallowed Halls and the flawed hero in Dandelion Moon.

 

How did the writing of this story impact you as a person or as an author?

I discovered I have some of the same weaknesses that Myra has, and that it isn’t a good thing to try so hard to take care of others that you have no time or energy left to grow as a person. I also found that I have some forgiving to do if I want to move on with my life and become strong again after the fallout before and after my mother’s death.

With Dandelion Moon I discovered that I need a proof reader besides myself. As an author, I become too close to the story and read right past the tiny typos that a very bright reader and fellow writer, Tracie Heskett, caught for me after I printed the book for the first time. My editors were great, but I was in such a rush to get this book done before Christmas that I didn’t hire a proofer. I’ll never make that mistake again. My wonderful formatter, Rik Hall, changed the book for me several times before I got it right. Being still new to indie publishing, I’ve found more of the responsibility falling on my shoulders. I’ve been spoiled by always having editors to fall back on. Now it’s up to me.

 

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Why is this story important to you?

I’ve wanted to write this series for many years to show the friendship between classmates that I’ve experienced in my own life. At first this was going to be one long book, but I discovered I needed to break it up into readable stories with more than one romance. I wanted to get into the minds of each of the women, show their strengths and their closeness, the bonds that grew during school. Myra’s story has pretty much been mine. For her I combined the tragedies I’ve experienced until it overwhelmed me, and I show that overwhelmed state for her in a shorter time frame. The losses add up, and sometimes the healing doesn’t come when we want it to. We aren’t as strong as we always thought we were.

 

What would you like your readers to take away from this story?

I hope the readers will come away from this story with the message to be kinder to themselves and others. Don’t expect perfection from yourself and don’t beat yourself up when you blow it. Also, don’t expect perfection from others. Forgive easily. You don’t have to forget, and you don’t have to allow others to abuse you. Toxic people are still toxic even if you’ve forgiven them. Unless they change and grow, forgive and release. You can forgive others without seeing a change in them. That forgiveness is for your own wellbeing. That doesn’t mean you have to be best friends with the toxic people. Avoiding those people is also for your wellbeing.

 


Dandelion Moon
Dandelion Moon

Dandelion Moon

(Hallowed Halls #2)
by Hannah Alexander

  • Hannah Alexander
  • Contemporary
  • December 2014
  • ISBN: 9781505286106

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When Dr. Myra Maxwell finds herself stumbling through the darkness of a cemetery on a cold winter night, she realizes she doesn’t recognize a thing, and doesn’t recall how she arrived here. As Christmas fireworks begin, they frighten her. She doesn’t know who she is, where she is, or why she’s here. She diagnoses herself as a patient in a fugue state, most likely from some horrible experience her mind is working to force her to forget. But why?

Weston Cline is frantic about the woman he loves. She left her psychiatry clinic in the middle of the day on Christmas Eve, and he’s heard nothing from her since. When he makes a call to her hometown of Juliet, Missouri, he catches a word or two that convinces him she’s retreated to the place she feels safest, and he is determined to drive there tonight and protect her. Unfortunately, her friends, Drs. Joy Gilbert and Zachary Travis are determined to keep Weston away from Myra. He’s shown his true colors in outrageous ways in the past year, and they don’t want to risk her emotional well-being with his presence. Too bad, because he’s going anyway, and he will stand firm with her.

Set at Christmas, Dandelion Moon might well give holiday celebrants a chance to root for the true meaning of Christmas to show itself at least one more time, and to find that miracles really do happen.


 

Hannah Alexander is the pen name for the husband-and-wife writing team Dr. Mel and Cheryl Hodde.

Hannah Alexander
Hannah Alexander

The couple established a pen name that rightfully distinguished the two sides of their writing. Cheryl chose Hannah from the Bible meaning “she delights in the Lord.” Mel chose Alexander, meaning “servant of mankind,” drawing from his career as a physician. After more than a decade of marriage, they have written more than a dozen books as Hannah Alexander and have garnered a Christy award for their work.

Mel and Cheryl reside in the Missouri Ozarks, where they like to set the majority of their books.

 


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