Girls Write Out
Thursday, February 01, 2007
There are just some friends who are like no others. Ones who don't care if you floss your teeth in front of them. They don't mind if you take off your shoes. Snoring doesn't bother them. They've seen you without your makeup and with your hair looking like a tornado just blew through. Ones who come to your hotel room, hang out, brainstorm your next book so it doesn't totally stink.

Diann and I just shared a room at Advance with our sweet friend Cara Putman, and then Denise joined us the next day. Di and I were signing books. There had been a teensy glitch where our signing time didn't get put into the paper for attendees so no one knew we were signing. Our friends, Mel and Cheryl Hodde (writing team of Hannah Alexander), Cara and Denise were going around telling people to come to our booth. We had a steady stream all hour long because of friends like that.

I looked up from the table where I was signing, and my eyes welled up. Those are the friends you want to hang onto forever. And I plan to! Do you have friends like that?
Colleen Coble  
posted at 8:38 AM  
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At 9:34 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

You are SO LUCKY to have friends like that! :0)

I am PLEASED to say, "YES! I have friends like that, too!" I don't know what I would do without them! My friends have stuck by me through thick and thin. They've told me when I was wrong or misguided. They've propped me up when I was discouraged. They've held my hand when I was scared or grieving or full of surgeon's stitches. All I can say is, "Thanks, God, for blessing me with such precious friends!"

At 9:39 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

That's so true, Colleen! And great friends put up with you when you cough all night (thanks, Cara and Colleen!). *g*

I couldn't believe how the Hoddes and Denise pitched in to help us at the book table. They were totally amazing! Cheryl was shouting out, "Unadvertised special, right here!" Soooo funny!

I was thinking too how fun it is to blog here and share our gut feelings in a fun way and get input from you readers. I feel like I have coffee with all of you every day!

At 1:32 PM, Blogger eileen said...

Coffee then Diet Pepsi, right Diann? I've been so blessed to have a bestest buddy for 28 years! Longer than my marriage lasted. And the new friendships I've developed with Crit group 14 are lining up to be lifelong too, methinks. Friends=God's gift.

At 3:27 PM, Blogger Shauna said...

One of the reasons I love this blog is the interaction between everyone! You guys feel like friends that are many miles away! I love visiting everyday.

And yes, Colleen, I do have a friend like that! We talk every day and share the gritty details of our lives. The good, the bad and the ugly. We laugh, cry, pray, rejoice, rant and vent together. We support and hold eachother accountable and encourage one another. I love her! She has been God's blessing in my life. Our kids get along and our husbands actually like eachother. LOL! We've only been friends for about 3 years, but we've passed the surface and gone deeper. She knows my bad side and still talks to me! LOL!!

Also, the fact that your blog no longer allows anonymous comments has forced me to open my own account and enter the blogisphere. Thanks for the shove!! :-)


At 4:33 PM, Blogger Heather said...

Oh, so have friends like that. Friends who've held me up when the worst has happened and I just wanted to crawl in a hole and die. Friends who laugh when I laugh, cry when I cry. . . friends who are as happy as I am when something goes terrific. And most importantly, friends who will pray for/with me at the mere mention of something that needs prayer.

I love that Cara and Denise went around and brought people to you. That's a great show of friendship.

At 4:39 PM, Blogger Jaime Wright said...

Great blog. Full of warmth. My MOM is like that for me. I don't have time to cook one week and I come home to a pile of baked goods on my kitchen table. I need to cry over something completley selfish and she just listens to me whine and says, "i know, sweetie, I know." ... and she does.
Love my mommy!

At 5:12 PM, Blogger Southern-fried Fiction said...

Sure do, Colleen. At my first ACFW conference, my CP, Gina Holmes, sat with me at lunch, and when I was a bit scared to pitch the agent sitting with us, Gina pitched - MY book. That's a friend!

Diann Hunt is another one. She and I were separated at birth - hard to do because she's older than me, though. ;)

At 5:39 PM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Yes, I have friends like that, AND, I'll BE one (and have been one)! I've stood in the wide aisles at CBA, waving people over to my friends' signings many times. I love cheering people on.

At 5:59 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Eileen, that's a great point. Friends often sadly do last longer than husbands, so I think it's so important to nurture the relationships. When widowed, I see the girls still hanging out with my mom's friends, that's important to remember. KB

At 6:31 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

ROTFLOL, Ane! Colleen pitched one of my books while I just sat there, mummified. LOL And you're right, we were separated at birth. *g*

At 7:13 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

YES! Thankfully! I call them my "Texas Girls". We don't live near one another but that's where it all started.

Each one God chose for different reasons in my life. Jenifer; the Truth teller in my life. Marie; the one who gets and laughs at all my jokes. Lara; my "call 3-4 times throughout the day to tell you I have a hang nail" friend. And Becky, the Mother Hen. The "older" woman in my life. Who is also a lactation nurse/specialist who helped me through those tough nursing years with my babies...she has seen my boobs at their best and worst and has never used it as leverage, although she could since I tease her unmercilessly about her age.

These are the gals that, if something should ever happen to me, they know they are to come straight to my house and clean the junk closet and junk drawer before anyone comes with their casserole.

At 12:51 PM, Blogger Tammy said...

I have friends like that, I love them dearly. Just last week one of them took my daughter on less than a days notice as I had a biopsy done. I don't know what I would do without them.

At 2:17 PM, Blogger SaraBeth said...

Aww! I love that! As a teenager, I don't really have that same relationship with girls my age. I have a best friend, who loves me despite everything, but most of my friends like that are, surprisingly, older women. Most of them started out as "Mama's friends," and then through shopping trips, carpool rides, story-telling, etc., they became mine. I love that I have such a great group of women there to support me, cheer for me, encourage me, talk to me, listen to me, do fun things with me, and just be with me. That is a totally selfish description of these friendships, but I could go on and on about how loving, encouraging, supporting, wise, and deep they are.

At 3:19 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

I think I do.... hum.... ;)


At 3:19 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Oh, I will add, I've done that for signing writers, not even my close friend writers, but I stood in the aisle and tackled people to come get a signed book!

It was fun.


At 4:33 PM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

It was a great 24 hours. Thanks for letting me hang with you! And I'll let people know you're signing books anytime. That's an easy sale.

At 1:06 PM, Blogger Lynette Sowell said...

Oh yes, I do. And isn't it so much fun to talk up someone else's books? :) Shyness goes right out the window.

At 6:26 AM, Blogger Jessica said...

Wow! you are damn lucky I must admit. Yes, I too have friends like that with whom I just can be myself and have fun at all time. The very look of your blog tells us how much fun you have amidst your friends. We should thank the good Lord for blessing us with such wonderful friends. Do drop by my blog coz you will realise how much I value this relationship called friendship.

At 7:33 AM, Blogger Robert said...

congrats for having such great friends around..ur really lucky buddy..keep going..drop by my blog too to find some cool tips on friendship..have a good day :)


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

Hannah Alexander

Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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