Forever Friends?

idoh-socialiseI read an interesting article recently about friends and why we lose them. It made me curious enough to do a bit more research on the subject. I was surprised to learn that many scientists have studied this and agree that up to the age of 25, you continue to make friends. However, after the age of 25, is when the numbers begin falling rapidly and continue to fall throughout the rest of a person’s life.

Sounds sad doesn’t it?

Actually, it’s a natural progression. Why does this happen? For many reasons. First, your priorities may change.  Perhaps you become a parent and you no longer have the time to hang out with your friends. Often, you get more responsibilities at work, and that cuts into your hang out time. Also, as you mature you may realize that some of your friendships are toxic, and since you have less time to spend with friends, you let go of the toxic relationships. Or you may get a job transfer or your interests change.  And sometimes when you are friends with someone who shares a common interest, and one of you no longer shares it, the relationship becomes hard to maintain.

Whatever the reasons, it’s totally normal to lose friends as we grow older. And while some friendships grow stronger, others become weaker.  I’ve found you have to put the time in.  But sometimes when life gets hectic it gets hard.  Good friends however will be there for you when things go back to normal.

I have a friend, who is also an author. We used to live close to each other and we walked every day together. But I moved further away to a new neighborhood, but we’re still close and we still walk together. Then I have friends, who I also see once or twice a year, but when we see each other it’s as if we saw each other yesterday.

As a writer, I love writing about friendships.  Do you recall the friendship between Della, Kylie and Miranda? In Don’t Close Your Eyes (8/28/18), Annie has her good friend, Isabella and the two of them see each other through some difficult times.

Do you have a special friend that you’ve been friends with for years?

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When a Dream is Trying to Tell You Something

tunnel3When I was in my early twenties, I started having a recurring nightmare. In the dream, I was young, like four, and I was in very dark, dank place. I was afraid. Terrified, in fact. I had to pull myself on my belly because the space wasn’t tall enough to stand up. Ahead of me, I could see a light streaming in from what looked like a tiny rectangle window. But between me and that light was a lot of darkness with cobwebs and who knew what all hiding in the shadows. I kept pulling myself to that light, my hands and knees getting scratched on the dirt and rocks under me. I felt the tears streaming down my face. I felt trapped. I felt alone. I was sure I was never going to get out.

The dream came to me off and on for a few months.  Every time I’d wake up in puddle of sweat, my heart hammering, trying to catch my breath.  I didn’t know a whole lot about dreams then, but I knew it seemed to mean something. It had to, because it felt so real.

At that time, I was actually in a really bad place in my life–trapped in a bad marriage.  Within a few months, I finally got wise and I did what I should have done for a year, I walked out of that marriage. Now looking back, I know that dream was a symbol of my marriage. I felt trapped in a very dark place. I couldn’t stand up to my spouse for fear of being hurt.

It was years later when I went to see my grandparents. They lived in the same house they did since I was born.  Their house was built on blocks.  As I went to leave, I saw a rectangle hole in the block foundation.

And bam, just like that I remembered my dream. I also remembered being four and following my older brother under that house. I remembered he and my cousin leaving me under there. It was just them being boys, but without a doubt, it ended up being a terrifying experience for me. I don’t think I was under there long, but for a four-year-old little girl, it was too long.

My subconscious used that long ago memory to reflect the situation I was in with my marriage. Since then, I have become fascinated with dreams, their meaning, and I love to examine them. It enthralls me how our minds can hold on to things even though we don’t remember them.

Don’t’ Close Your Eyes was born from my fascination with dreams and in part inspired from that recurring nightmare. What if you had a recurring dream that wasn’t just a dream?  What if in fact, it’s an old memory that you just can’t remember?  What if you saw something a long time ago you shouldn’t have?  What if it involved murder?  What if solving it could set you free of something unknown that has haunted you your entire life?

So do you have or have you had a recurring dream? Do you know what it means?

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Don’t Close Your Eyes

51WVbFHb5yLWhat would you do if everything you thought was true about your family turned out to be a lie?

Annie Lakes has had the same recurring nightmare for years. Her heart pounding in her chest. A panicked voice, begging her to run faster. Her own bloodcurdling scream. But now Annie is starting to realize it’s more than just a bad dream. She’s starting to remember things about the night her cousin Jenny disappeared all those years ago. Things that make her believe her family was involvedand what they’re hiding is much worse than she ever imagined. But she can’t unravel this alone. She needs someone she can trust, someone like sexy Detective Mark Sutton ….

Mark has seen enoughtoo muchto assume that Annie’s story is a dead end. It turns out that her family is hiding some killer secrets. A long time ago, Annie was just an innocent little girl who saw something she shouldn’t. Now she’s a target, and Mark’s running out of time to protect the woman he’s starting to fall for. But how does Mark face off against a murderer who just may be someone Annie loves?




Three Things You’ll Always Get With A Christie Craig Book

There are three things I can promise you’ll always get with a Christie Craig Book, or in a C.C. Hunter book, too for that matter.

A Hero. 

Yup.  I need someone to root for.  Today there’re a lot of stories, in movies, television, and even in books that are about flawed people.  And I get it.  Every hero I write has flaws. I’m intimidated by perfect people, but to put it bluntly, I don’t like stories without a hero.  I don’t want to read or go on a three-hundred-page journey with characters who have no regard for other people.  People who are simply out for themselves.  Yes, I do have villains in my work, but in every book I promise that you’ll always have someone you can look up to.  Someone whose goals, actions and moral compass give you hope this world isn’t going to the dogs.

A Little Laughter

Don’t get me wrong, fiction should be a smorgasbord of emotions.  And I know I’ve written some scenes that broke your heart.  In This Heart of Mine, you may have cried a bit more than usual.  I sure as heck know I cried writing it.  But even during hard times, my characters live by the advice my grandmother gave me.  “If you can laugh at it, you can live with it.” I personally know that even during some of my own personal dark times, I relied on humor to help me deal and cope.  So in my books, even those that yank at your heart strings, I’m going to find some way to make you smile.  That’s important for me.

A Happy Ending

Yeah, I’m a sucker for a happy ending.  I know in real life not everything ends well.  Bad crap happens.  And yes, I know that fiction should emulate life.  And my characters face disappointments.  They have their black moments.  And that is meant to make the reader question how in the world things could turn out okay.  But I just can’t see taking someone on a journey that ends with heartbreak.  I know of some readers who have told me that there have been books that didn’t end well.  Well, I don’t want to take the surprise away, but you can count on my books not leaving you feeling depressed.

So there are three things I promise.  What are some of the other things you expect out of the books you read?