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The HOLIDAYS are here and we’re doing something a little different. We’re going to feature some of our favorite authors and find out what they like best about the HOLIDAYS. We’ll also find out what their latest book project is.
Jill Hannah Anderson
Jill lives on a lake in a small town in Central Minnesota with her husband and their empty nest. It is rarely a quiet nest though, as they enjoy their six adult children and an ever-increasing number of grand-children when they come to visit.
THE TO-HELL-AND-BACK CLUB is her first novel. Her current project is CRAZY LITTLE TOWN CALLED LOVE. It features Molly, a character readers meet in THE TO-HELL-AND-BACK CLUB.
Who can you turn to when your life falls apart?
Peyton Brooks, a newly-empty nester with a comatose marriage loses her three friends in a car crash, and reaches out to women in the To-Hell-And-Back Club, hoping they’ll help resuscitate her life.
Through the “Hell Club”, Peyton learns it’s never too late to begin again. These been-there-felt-that women use their sense of humor, strength, and support to help pull her off the couch and back to living her life.
She rebuilds the life she’d put aside two decades ago. But when Peyton digs up time capsules she and her friends buried years ago, and uncovers secrets about those she loved, she struggles to keep her own life-changing secret buried.
The “Hell Club” women help remind Peyton of the strength within her. She finds a renewed hope in life and love when she faces the mistakes and guilt that have troubled her for years. When Peyton’s secret is discovered, she needs the “Hell Club” women more than ever. The To-Hell-And-Back Club is an inspiring book that reminds us that it’s never too late to start over and that living a life of regrets is no life at all.
So we’re thick in the holidays, so we asked Jill some questions about what she thinks about the festivities.
CR: What is your favorite holiday?
JHA: Christmas, whenever we celebrate it. As long as our adult children and our grand-children are with us, it’s a fun time. The best part is playing games with everyone.
CR: Favorite present you’ve ever given?
JHA: The one that sticks out in my mind is a gift I didn’t really even give. My brother who is two years older than me asked for one thing for Christmas… a strobe light. This was back in the late 60’s and we were both pre-teens and never got along back then. Our parents gave him everything BUT a strobe light? We’d get some sensible gifts, a couple of fun gifts, but not what we asked for. We weren’t spoiled by any means and never asked for a lot.
This was the first time he ever showed he was upset – the first time I remember sticking up for him. He went to his room after we opened presents, and I spoke up to my parents, pleading his case. After Christmas, mom took a couple of his gifts back and gave him a strobe light. And it made ME happy. That was something I didn’t expect to feel from seeing my brother, who barely tolerated me at the time, get what he wanted.
CR: Favorite present you’ve received?
JHA: Having both of my daughters at Christmas tell me they were pregnant (three years ago). I was so happy I cried.
CR: Favorite holiday music?
JHA: Bing Crosby.
CR: Favorite holiday meal and/or dessert
JHA: All of the side dishes! I could skip the meat completely. Oh, and dessert too. Must have dessert! Pumpkin pie, pecan pie, chocolate cream pie …
CR: Your message and/or wishes for 2018?
JHA: Good health for everyone and peace on earth. A girl can dream, right?