Sunday night. 5:30. And I realize I need a blog post. Think, think, think. What to write about?
Well, I've got this book out. A Home Come True. It's the last in the series. What will I miss most about that series?
And the answer is so easy: I'm going to miss this group of friends I've built through four books.
When I begin any book, I start with a single scene, an image that I build on. For the Lucky Numbers series, it was a group of three women, friends since acne was the biggest threat one could defeat, who have won the lottery. Only with the badgering and love of her two best friends will that first heroine take a step of faith that leads her to the life she's dreaming of. In the last book, they end up taking some pretty big leaps, but it's not so scary when they do it together.
Badgering and love. That's like the summary of my most important female friendships from my first best friend, a girl a few years older and much wiser who taught me the value of playing kiss chase with the neighborhood boys, to the friends I have now who will still be my besties when I surrender to the growing onslaught of gray hair decades from now. L'Oréal and I have got this for a while, you ruthless jerks.
Even better, I love seeing bits of my friends on the page. One of them is so good and encouraging that she continues to go out to public restaurants with me even though I'm nearly guaranteed to end up crying into my nachos. Another always has the "get it together" practicality that annoys me so much that I have to get back up on my feet. One has the crazy plans that call to my real me, the brave, crazy one I try to keep a tight handle on. And I need them all. I'm thankful for them all. And you can meet parts of them in Winner Takes All, Heart's Refuge, Keeping Cole's Promise, and A Home Come True.
I hope you have friends like the heroines of these books. They are defenders and cheerleaders and teachers and so many things. I loved writing this friendship.
And just because I can't stand it...how awesome is this cover? I mean really.