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John McIlveen

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Nominee for the 2015 Bram Stoker Award (HWA). Winner of the 2015 Drunken Druid Award (Ireland) In a suburb on Boston's North Shore, a catatonic little girl is found behind a dumpster. She is a mystery. As Social Worker Debbie Gillan pieces together the puzzle of the child's identity, she discovers the child had disappeared two years earlier along with a twin sister. She also discovers HANNAHWHERE, an alternate world that is both a haven and a prison.... Life altering trauma becomes the key to unraveling the truth about the children, about Hannahwhere...and about Debbie herself. Truths that could either save them or destroy them all.



Short Summary

Missing nine year old girl show up after missing two years, hoping to save her twin sister trapped in her "safe place."


Haverhill (Riverside) MA, Elm Creek Nebraska, Lakewood Ohio

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending, Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions, Twist,,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions,Twist,Other

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity, Sexual Abuse, Substance Abuse,Sexual Abuse, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Hannah Amiel

Age: 9

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Obedient, Underdog, Charming, Insecure, Naive, Visionary, Beautiful, Complex, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities,Adventurous,Charming,Complex,Empathetic,Engaging,Insecure,Underdog,Funny

Additional Character Details

Name: Debbie Gillan

Age: 33

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Perseverance, Secretive, Strong Moral Code, Complex, Educated, Empathetic, Honorable, Modest,Complex,Empathetic,Educated,Insecure,Lone Wolf,Strong Moral Code,Skillful,Selfless,Modest,Underdog

Additional Character Details

Name: Anna Amiel

Age: 9

Gender: Female

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Beautiful, Complex, Funny, Obedient,Charming,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Funny

Additional Character Details

Name: Essie Hull

Age: 64

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Aggressive, Educated, Empathetic, Outspoken, Blunt, Confident, Decisive, Perseverance, Selfless, Skillful

About The Author

John M. McIlveen is the author of the paranormal suspense novel, HANNAHWHERE, winner of the 2015 Drunken Druid Award (Ireland) and nominated for the 2015 Bram Stoker Award (HWA), and two story collections, INFLICTIONS and JERKS. He is a father to five daughters, Editor-In-Chief of Haverhill House Publishing, and works at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory. He lives in Haverhill, MA with his wife Roberta Colasanti.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning

Group Specific

psycotherapy, abuse survivors

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Crossroads Press

Year Published: 2015

Hard Copy Available