Meet the Heroes from A Dozen Apologies: David Hansen

2014 January 21
by faylamb


In case you haven’t gotten word, there’s a new heroine in town, and she owes apologies to twelve different fellows. Here’s the scoop:

Mara Adkins, a promising fashion designer, has fallen off the ladder of success, and she can’t seem to get up.

In college, Mara and her sorority sisters played an ugly game, and Mara was usually the winner. She’d date men she considered geeks, win their confidence, and then she’d dump them publicly. When Mara begins work for a prestigious clothing designer in New York, she gets her comeuppance. Her boyfriend steals her designs and wins a coveted position. He fires her, and she returns in shame to her home in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where life for others has changed for the better.

Mara’s parents, always seemingly one step from a divorce, have rediscovered their love for each other, but more importantly they have placed Christ in the center of that love. The changes Mara sees in their lives cause her to seek Christ. Mara’s heart is pierced by her actions toward the twelve men she’d wronged in college, and she sets out to apologize to each of them. A girl with that many amends to make, though, needs money for travel, and Mara finds more ways to lose a job that she ever thought possible.

Mara stumbles, bumbles, and humbles her way toward employment and toward possible reconciliation with the twelve men she humiliated to find that God truly does look upon the heart, and that He has chosen the heart of one of the men for her to have and to hold.

Today, we’re hearing from David Hansen:

bigstock-C---5871933Tell us a little about yourself: where you’re from, what you studied in college, what you do now?

David Hansen here, thank you for having me visit. I’m from Greenville, South Carolina, and I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in weather science. I was in ROTC and am now on active duty in the United States Air Force. I studied pilot training, forecasting the weather, and am now returning from an undisclosed assignment overseas. I’ve been gone a year. I’m teaching at Keesler AFB, in Biloxi, Mississippi and my tour here is almost over. I’d like to consider teaching science in Greenville, but not sure yet.

How did you meet Mara Adkins and what did you think about her when you first met?

I met Mara Adkins while at University and I was smitten from the beginning. She is such an amazing and creative woman and I’m hoping we can get back together, but I’m not sure where I stand with her. She offered to pray for me while I was gone and that meant a lot.

Mara did some pretty ugly things to a few guys. How did you feel about her when she broke up with you so publicly? How did you handle the embarrassment?

Mara did do a lot of mean-spirited things to myself and other men, but in her defense, she was hurt and broken in such ways that only God could fix. It was horrible the way that she broke up with me and when she had finished, chewed me up and spit me out. I didn’t think I could recover until I asked God to forgive her and realized that God was in control of my life, her life, and our relationship. I was so in love that I had to give her to God. I couldn’t change her, and I didn’t try because I knew what my calling in life was and the marriage part? Well, I was ready to purpose, but after that…she just broke my heart. I realized that that was probably the only way I could let go and let God, if you know what I mean. The very worst part was how she hurt my family. They fell in love with her too, deeply, and could really see us together. They have forgiven her and never stopped loving her whether or not she will accept me. They are a loving bunch and pray for everyone who comes into their lives. It was my grandmother who was on her knees for the entire time. She was so happy when Mara came to me and offered an apology quite a while after I graduated and told me she had accepted Christ as her personal savior. Mara asked me to forgive her for her hurtful behavior. Mara was changed and sincere, I could tell. She has so many wonderful qualities to offer a sick and hurting world. This past year has been a tough haul for me because I’m attracted to no other. I’ll always love Mara no matter what.

Be truthful here. Did you every think of paying Mara back for the cruel game she and her sorority sisters played? If so, what did you think of doing? If not, why not?

I’ve never thought of paying Mara back, I believe in letting God handle vindication. He created people. He knows how to handle them better than me. It only continues to hurt people if you try to pay them back. Of course the human part of me burned for a long time as I remembered some of things she and her friends pulled. She went after my very being and tried to unravel everything I believed in and stood for. I learned it wasn’t just me that got caught up in these mean-spirited games. It was her creative ways and friends that caused several people to stumble. But again in her defense, I’ve seen men do the same at times.

I think the biggest reason I didn’t want to get even was because I realized that we both needed to move on. I knew what I needed to do in my life, she was still so lost and not a believer, which maybe was part of the problem. My family used to advise that it’s important to be with a believer, someone with the same beliefs, morals, and values as yourself. It’s just that she was and is so beautiful, but now it’s inside and outside.

What do you think of Mara today?

I still love Mara, deeply, with all my heart. She has truly changed. I see in some of her letters how she is maturing. I’ve been praying about what to do about my feelings. I guess I’m waiting on the Lord for his directions for any future plans. We do have a lot in common I’m finding out and I pray she feels the same about me. I think we are both a little timid. I’m rather quiet with my feelings but I would love to ask her to marry me and spend the rest of our lives together, but for better or worse, I want what God wants for both of us. I want to support her dreams and ambitions that she’s been created for in this life. I’ve learned that people are happiest in life when they know what they’ve been created for. To me that’s praising the Lord first and then giving back our gifts and talents. She’s a creative and artistic person. That may sound a little like goody-two shoes thinking; I fell so quick and hard but it caused me to mature more and learn to better wait on Him in my life. It makes things so much easier. So, Mara, thank you for the experience. If you ever read this interview, I do hope and pray that you’ve learned this, too

Mara’s reunion with David is posted today at Write Integrity Press. His author isn’t being revealed because the project authors (and our fearless editor) believed it would be fun for you, the reader, to vote for your favorite hero. Voting will open at Write Integrity Press on the day the last hero’s chapter is presented, February 5. Voting will be opened until February 8. The votes will be tabulated, and the winning hero gets the final chapter in the novella when it is offered free on Kindle beginning February 14.

The authors hope you have joined in on the fun. If you haven’t, here are a few sights where we have been having the best time:

Mara’s Facebook page

The You Know Your Job is Odd When… Facebook page where we’re sharing funny stories, memories, etc., about odd jobs we’ve all had.


Have you read each of the hero’s interviews? If not, click on their names below. If so, do you have a favorite? Well, the time has come to vote for him at Write Integrity Press. The winning hero gets the last chapter in the book, and he also might just win Mara’s heart.

Dominic Cardano

James Green

Collin Tate

Chip Linton

Ted Rivers

Russ Farlow

Elliott Weston

Connor Martin

Derrick Howzer

Brent Teague

Remy Perone

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