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The portrayal of a friend
Writers can’t help allowing some of our ideals sneak into our
works. The things that are important to us in our real lives become important
to at least some of our characters.
Friendship – what it means and how it impacts our lives – has
always been important to me. Quantity has never been an issue, quality is. I believe
a friend is more than just someone to pal around with; a friend should be
someone you can count on for support, for honesty, and for loyalty. Few things
sting as much as betrayal especially when we thought that individual was a true
friend. Betrayal by someone we trusted forces us to question our ability to
judge people and in turn our capacity to trust.
Many of my beloved characters have storylines which involve
friendships, both good and bad. Paige Andrews in Bartlett’s Rule has a history of betrayal by people she trusted and
now must find a way to trust again or lose the love she needs to heal her. In His Lucky Charm Caitlyn Smythe is able
to depend on her best friend Keisha to back her up when she is doing everything
possible to avoid Brandon Price; the friendship between Caitlyn and Keisha
extends to their husbands, Brandon and Malcolm, and even lasts through a second
book Within the Law. Another
prominent friendship in these two books is the one that develops between
Caitlyn’s cousin Tom Hughes and her love Brandon Price; Brandon and Tom back each other up many times in both of these books.
There is a rivalry between the heroine’s best friend Matt
Garatti and the man Julie fell in love with, Jake Carlson, in Final Sin, but the two men eventually find an easy
rapport and even team up when Julie’s life is threatened. The lack of friends
to depend on adds to Annie Furman’s desperation in an abusive marriage until
Dave Turner comes along and becomes a true friend which eventually leads to
love in Karma Visited; I’m working
on a sequel which will follow Annie and Dave’s in their love affair – more on
that down the road. In Hostage Heart Ryan
Hunter thinks he has a friend in his boss and former lover until Connie Reed
tries to come between him and Deanna Blair, yet in the end Connie proves that being
a friend was more important to her.
In my personal life I am blessed with a few very close
friends, in some cases my friends are related by blood and in some they’ve
merely come into my life through some other connection. My best friend is the
man that I married. And yes I’ve known people who I thought were friends who
disappointed me with disinterest and dishonesty, but even these people came
into my life for a reason and that is something I won’t regret. I share that
with each of my characters, they’ve all taken something from every relationship
and become the “people” they were meant to be.
What does friendship mean to you?
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