Heroine Interview from Keeping Faith by Hannah Alexander

» Posted on Aug 28, 2013 in Blog | 13 comments

This week I’m hosting Hannah Alexander with Keeping Faith and James Rubart with Memory’s Door (US only). If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (Sept. 1st) evening.

9780373829804_p0_v1_s600Heroine Interview from Keeping Faith by Hannah Alexander:

1. Victoria, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

I’m a female physician who was trained by her husband when he was alive. I combine traditional medicine with the herbal treatments I learned from Cherokee neighbors who taught me when I was growing up. I’m handy with a weapon, and I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty.

2. What do you do for fun?

For me, fun is teaching others my profession. Someday I hope to see my children follow in my footsteps.

3. What do you put off doing because you dread it?

I’m not very good at confrontation. That’s why I ended up getting married to a man I wasn’t in love with, because I didn’t know Joseph was writing me letters and was planning to return to me. I never received those letters. Had I confronted him, maybe we would have been happily married for ten years. But then I wouldn’t be a physician.

4. What are you afraid of most in life?

I fear the upcoming war between the states, but even worse, I hate slavery, and despite my fear, I will fight slavery to the death, if need be.

5. What do you want out of life?

What does any woman want in the mid 1800s? A husband, a passel of children, and peace in the community while I continue to heal their illnesses.

6. What is the most important thing to you?

Justice is most important. I cannot abide mistreatment of those less able to protect themselves, and I will fight to the death for their protection.

7. Do you read? If so, what is your favorite type of book to read?

By the time reading material reaches me, it is years old, but I still enjoy a good journal about new medical discoveries. I’ve written some observations of my own, and had some success in seeing them accepted by locals.

8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I would try to be less argumentative with Joseph, the man I’ve loved for so many years. I tend to make my own decisions and depend on my own strength, but Joseph is a strong man, and he needs to be needed.

9. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?

Joseph’s gelding, Boaz, has become like a pet to me. He is the most amazing horse, as smart as a human in some ways. He has saved my life and pulled me to safety. I love that animal.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

If time travel were possible, I would travel forward to a time when women are accepted as legitimate physicians and respected as human beings with equal rights.



  1. A female physician, for the times, is very interesting indeed.


    • You’re right, Mary. That’s why I wrote about it. Women often took care of neighbors with herbs and loving care. I just gave Victoria an education from her late husband. Folks looked down on women who treated others, and sometimes their herbal remedies were considered witchcraft, but we know these days that God placed many treatments for life in the herbs of the forests and fields.

  2. How interesting that you are a physician in your time, Victoria!
    Campbellamyd at gmail dot com

    • The research was more difficult, of course. I had to ask a lot of questions and read about herbal remedies. Fortunately, I knew an older lady who helped me a lot with herbs.

  3. Sounds like a wonderful book. I enjoy Hannah Alexander’s books so I would really love to win a copy of Keeping Faith. 🙂

    😀 Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

    • Thank you, Cindy. I hope you have a chance to read Keeping Faith!

  4. This sounds like a great story and I love the cover. Thank you for the chance to win it.


    • Wendy, I’m so glad you enjoy the cover. It does a good depiction of the place where they stayed in the village.

  5. I love your books Hannah, and cannot wait to read this one.

    Wilani Wahl

  6. I think your book sounds wonderful, so moving and intriguing. I love the medical side of this woman and would love to read this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

    melback at cebridge dot net

  7. Helpful profession

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  8. sounds like a good read!! lots of history? would love to win! thanks for the chance!

  9. Thank you for your comments. I would love to be able to send a copy of my latest release to each of you. Someday maybe I’ll be able to do that.

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