I love Mandy too, she’s a wise and wonderful woman who has been an inspiration to my writing and a good good friend when I really needed one.
Here is Cameron, telling us all about her friend and woman in her corner: Mandy:
The first time I read your blog, Mandy, was like coming home. It was the beginning of Hidden Hollow, and I fell for your Henry like a ton of bricks. And then I laughed because my own fictional romantic hero, Will, was so similar to Henry as to be brothers.
There we were, two romance writers burning up Red Dress prompts, and we both had Montana ranchers in our stories. “Brain twins!” we giggled.
We discovered a mutual love of #excessivehashtagabuse on Twitter, and had lengthly and serious discussions about our horoscopes. You don’t think I’m crazy to want to tour the country in an Airstream, in fact, you suggested we do it together!
Fast forward two years-ish, and we are seriously considering borrowing each other’s characters and working on deeper collaborations.
You garden and preserve like I wish I could. You’re crafty and ambitious and a seriously kick-ass parent. You make me laugh. Somewhere in the middle of a recent late night Skype conversation, I realized that I hold you up as an example of how to live with grace.
You have such forgiveness and compassion and understanding in your heart, qualities I feel I often bury under a layer of snark. You are determined and tenacious. I need to follow your example. And then your irreverent humor reminds me that you’re perfectly human, and I love you even more.
We often joke about being neighbors, sharing the babysitting, letting our kids run wild in the yard, sitting up until all hours of the night drinking wine and talking. I often wish that the three thousand miles of geography could just be overlooked, so we could do just that.
You write with honestly, fun, and fluidity. It’s a pleasure to have you as a friend and a colleague, a sister of words. I’m looking forward to meeting you in the real world more than I let on—and I’m not shy about it to begin with.
Thank you, Mandy, for all of this, and for all the fun and late night tears and giggles yet to come.
What a beautiful way to see how much you mean to someone else. I hope you enjoyed your day in the sun today Mandy.
In 2 weeks, Mandy will pass the love along herself and introduce us to a woman (or man) in her corner that has changed her life, view, perspective with their blogging/writing.
If you want to know more about WOMEN IN MY CORNER, you can read the first post here.
As always, I am always open to any of you doing this on your blog (just ask me or take the button). I am thrilled with the way it’s opening our hearts and lives to each other.