Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer Lovin’ Blog Hop! ~ About Friendship

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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?

Please comment below - I will pick random commentors for prizes such as: an Audio-book download of Bartlett's Rule; a Smashwords e-book copy of Karma Visited; a Smashwords e-book copy of The Many Faces of Chelle Cordero Short Story collection; and a Smashwords e-book copy of Living, Breathing, Writing: A Lesson a Day Vol. 1.


books4me said...

Friendship can be a loyal friend till the end, a soulmate, a shoulder for a many kinds.

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Chelle Cordero said...

Very true - I have a very good friend since high school, don't even get to see very much of her. We FB once in a while, but the few times we have gotten together you would never realize that time kept us apart. Thank you for stopping by.

Kimber Shook said...

A friend is a one soul living in two bodies. I just lost my BFF on May 18th and I feel a part of me is missing now. True BFF are hard to find.

Chelle Cordero said...

Kimber Shook, so sorry for your loss but thankful that you've known that kind of kinship.
Thank you so much for coming by.

Kathy Heare Watts said...

Friendship can be just being there for someone and showing support.

Chelle Cordero said...

Simple & true, Heare2Watts. Thanks for stopping by.