I’m like that with my sister, Cindy. She was there for me through my weird years. (Some might insert here that those years have not yet come to an end.) We live hundreds of miles apart and have for decades. And she’s moved around some: Texas, California, Michigan. We’re both extremely involved with our children. Right now she resides in Washington state to be close to her kids and I’m here in the melting tundra of Minnesota, but when we connect there’s not a moment’s hesitation. Granted…there are some subjects we avoid because it causes friction. But mostly we talk and cook and eat and laugh. We always laugh because she’s funny and witty and brilliant.
I attribute that unbroken connection to the fact that we grew up in a big family–six kids, so we had to share…well…everything. When our older sibs left home I moved into my own room. Eight months later I packed up my stuff and hiked back in to live with her. Just because we liked it better that we. We enjoyed playing games until we fell asleep. We enjoyed giggling until we fell out of bed. Maybe it’s not surprising that when we spend nights at our mother’s house now, we’ll usually share a room so we can talk until the very last instant when sleep finds us. She’s THAT kind of friend.
So years ago when I began writing Unzipped and wanted to give my protagonist, Chrissy McMullen, a friend, I gave her one like my sister. Someone bright and cheery and kind and funny. In fact, I was going to name her Cindy, but we came up with Brainy Laney and loved it so that’s the way it stayed. By book five Laney had become a film star so she’s not around as much as she used to be. But it hasn’t affected the plots much because it doesn’t matter if she’s in Manhattan Beach or Matamata, if Laney calls Chrissy they’re immediately on the same page.
Seven books have been written since I began penning my first mystery. Chrissy and Laney are still best friends. And I still love writing their scenes because they make me happy. They remind me what female friendships should be like. They remind me of me and my sister.
So how about you? Are you lucky enough to have THAT friend. What’s the greatest thing about her?
I’m giving away any Chrissy novel to one commenter to celebrate the online release of Uncorked…and the everlasting joy of friendship.
Oh, and Chrissy is doing a virtual tour of her favorite LA sights if you’d like to visit her Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/ChrissyMcMullenMysteries. (But don’t expect a lot of architecture. She’s not that kind of girl. 🙂
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