When I wrote the first draft of the Melody novels, there was no cooking group, no fun loving group of friends and no food.
I got bored fast. I loved writing but the Melody’s internal dialogue was driving me batty.
I decided she needed friends. And not just any friends. Babysitter Club-esque sort of friends. You remember the Babysitter’s Club, right? I pored through the entire series one hot Sacramento summer. The books left transported me into the wonderful world of female friendship.
When I started the re-write process, I began to create friends that I wanted to have. Which means they had to do something I would like doing (not a bit self-indulgent, right?).
And what do I like to do? I like, no I love, cooking and I love it even more with friends.
Or do I like going out to eat with friends more? Talking about the latest news, trends, thoughts, dreams or how excited we are about a book coming out.
Good friends and good food: I love them both. And when we combine the power of friends with cooking with good food it equals a friendship that could rival any of the Babysitter Club adventures.
I didn’t start out writing about food and friendship between women.
But somehow that’s where I ended up.
So while Melody finds herself in a mess and a mystery in each book she also has friends and great food. After all, no matter how hard life gets, friends and food can strengthen the weariest of souls.
How about you? What adds the sweet spot to your life when things are bleak?
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