First, there were three...
Many years ago, there were three writers who started out together: Denise Hunter (the serious one), Colleen Coble (the mother) and me, Kristin Billerbeck (the punch line.) Then, at one Mount Hermon conference, we added a new writer to our midst: Diann Hunt. Never had I met another woman who had the same luck as me. We were INSTANT friends, and although I am not a Hoosier, they let me stick around.
GirlsWriteOut was born out of this friendship and our love for the written word. Even though, none of us write the same things any longer, we are bound for our love for each other and each other’s writing careers. One success is all our success and likewise on the failures.
When we get good news or bad, we still want to share it with our girls before our husbands because only they truly understand the ups and downs, the rocky path of working in the arts for a living.
This week, we welcome a fifth Musketeer into our “All for one and one for all” writers’ group: Cheryl Hodde, who writes as “Hannah Alexander” with her husband Mel, an ER doctor. They write medical suspense and if you haven’t read them, you will LOVE them. As writers, they have the great characterization and wonderful medical details that make their homey Ozarks’ settings come to life. As people, they just don't get any better.
We have been on this journey together a long time. Mel and Cheryl overcame a terrible allergic reaction from a Missionary flu shot with NAET and natural healing. So that’s another thing we all have in common. Cheryl has always been the kind of person where we can sit down with her, and it’s like our conversation dropped off yesterday. We hear from one another all the time online, but this week, Cheryl stayed with us in our suite and what a blast we all had!! We didn't have to share her with Mel and no offense Mel, but we loved having our girl time.
So please, join me in welcoming our fifth “Girls Write Out” blogger, Cheryl Hodde. She'll begin on Friday.
Now Cheryl. Say something brilliant. No pressure.