The Free Press, Mankato, MN


March 29, 2013

Madison Lake writer prepares for publicity tour on cusp of book release



Yet, Hanel remembers only one time she hugged her father. And on the day her father died, his void left an unspoken yet undeniable fracture in the family’s bond.

“I think a lot of problems can stem from feelings of isolation,” Hanel said. “But I never felt that way because I had all these stories.”

Now, on the cusp of sharing her stories with the world, Hanel said she feels ready.

Though her background in journalism (she is a former Free Press employee and occasional columnist for Mankato Magazine) and naturally reserved demeanor made her initially skeptical to write a memoir, Hanel said she’s comfortable with the combination of local history, cultural observation and personal insight she’s shared.

After all, she always knew she had stories to tell.

“It feels good to me to be at this point,” she said. “There have been a lot of different turning points in the creation of it. ... If a story needs to get out, it will get out. I’m not sure I really had a choice.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
NDN Video
Allison Williams Will Star as Peter Pan in Live TV Broadcast Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Drew Barrymore's Half-Sister Found Dead Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Ariana Grande's Troubled Relationship With Father Is Beyonce Apartment Hunting Solo? Go Inside The Rumored New Digs EXCLUSIVE! Jesse McCartney is a Geeky Guest Star on 'Young and Hungry'—Watch Now! "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Ripped Ripa! Watch Out Kelly's Got Guns Kate Upton Told to Lose Weight Maksim Chmerkovskiy on his "DWTS" Future Bikini-rific! Hilary Duff Wows in New Music Video Ian Somerhalder Puckers Up for One Lucky Fan "Bachelorette" Runner-Up Drops a Bombshell "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Sexy Celeb Hook-Ups at 2014 Comic-Con "Housewives" Celeb Shares Bikini Photo Album Zayn Malik Gets Death Threats for #FreePalestine Tweet One Direction's Liam Payne Strips off on Instagram