Blog Tour and Giveaway: Theresa Meyers, author of Shadowlander

Please welcome Theresa Meyers to the blog today! Theresa is the author of The Hunter, The Vampire Who Loved Me, The Truth About Vampires and much more! Her brand new book, Shadowlander, just came out, and she’s here to talk about sisterhood and the role it plays in Shadowlander. Also up for grabs is one e-copy of Shadowlander to one lucky winner, so be sure to see the giveaway details at the end of the post!

The Ties of Sisterhood
-Theresa Meyers

Writers are often told, write what you know. There are many that say the ties of sisterhood are some of the strongest around. Now I don’t know that from personal experience because my only sibling is male, but I believe it. I remember being so desperate to have a sister I actually asked my mother if we could buy one for Christmas. (I was young, really young…that’s my only defense.)

There was simply something missing. An intangible bond I was searching for. Over the course of my life I’ve “found” sisters. My nearest and dearest friends who’ve shared many ups and downs with me. First there was Dawn Albright in grade school. We did everything together. In fact I think I spent most of sixth grade and at least half of seventh living at her house or her at mine, even during the school week. But then I had to move to a different state where I met Diana Cash, who suffered being a new-from-a-big-city-living-in-a-small-town, right along with me. We did everything together. And in some ways we had a parallel existence that was almost frightening. We both had step-dads, we both had much younger half-brothers. We both had uber strict parents who were very involved in their faith. We both married our high school sweethearts and we were both in one another’s weddings. But then life changed, and we changed. I still adore Diana, would still do anything for her, but our lives have diverged to a point where we only get to see one another now and then.

When I moved to Washington I found Karla Baehr and Jennifer Hansen. Karla never had sisters either, but it’s so dang easy to be around one another that it’s almost no effort. We like many of the same things, but we’re happy to be different people and have our families. Her kids are so much like my own (because they’ve grown up in each other’s pockets) that they’re really more like cousins than friends. Our husbands work together (which is how we met) and I always know exactly what Karla is thinking because she freely speaks her mind (which I love). Jenny is apparently raising my son, only a few years in advance (because my son acts so much like her middle son, it’s eerie. I can see exactly what I’m going to be up against in two years time). And I’m apparently raising her daughter (since she has only boys and my girl loves her). Both of these women are my “found” family. The family you pick rather than the ones you are born to. And I’m eternally grateful for every one of these amazing women who’ve been part of my life and become my “sisters”.

These kinds of relationships have helped me in working with my characters, the O’Connell sisters. They are so much alike in that they share the same odd family ability to see the fae, yet they are so very different. Sometimes they rub each other the wrong way, but ultimately every single one of them would do anything for her sisters. I get that. I’m fortunate to have my “sisters” who give me that same safety net in real life.

Catherine – Cate – (the heroine in my latest novella Shadowlander) is the eldest. She’s more of a mother hen to her sisters, but really wishes she could have her own time and space to indulge herself for a moment without having to worry about everyone else. She needs to be nurtured. And as the eldest she most keenly feels the loss of their mother. Margaret (Maggie) is my humanitarian, always trying to bring the sisters in harmony with one another and thinking about the bigger cause. Clare is more intuitive than her sisters, but at the same time doesn’t always trust what’s she’s told. She’s the one who has to analyze and know all the answers before she’ll make a decision, but once made, she’ll work tirelessly to make it happen. Jane, the youngest, is a bit of a free spirit. She wants to see and do and experience everything and dares anyone to stop her.

Each is very different, but in so many ways they are alike. They all value family. They all realize that their sight makes them have to hide their abilities from others. They all need a path to become who they were truly meant to be.

That’s a little insight into the ties of sisterhood of my characters, and myself. They say write what you know. I say, write what you discover.

What’s your most memorable moment with your sisters (regardless of if you were born with them or found them)?

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17 Comments:

  1. I have 3 sisters and when we were growing up there was a lot of fighting. Even though we fought if someone from outside our family started to pick on one of us we stood up for that sister, regardless. Sisters will always be there for you, even if you did just have a big fight. Thanks for the chance.

  2. I was lucky enough to have a sister born after me. We’re only 18 months apart in age. As kids, we were completely inseparable. We confided in each other about everything. What saddens me most, is that I live 1500 miles away from her and the absence of my sister in my everyday life is tangible. She just recently had her first child in March and I will be making new memories with my sister this Thanksgiving when I finally get to meet my niece for the first time. What I remember most is when I was out sick from school she would be the awesome sister and pick up my homework for me and bring it home. She would then proceed to act as goofy as possible so I would laugh and I would feel so much better, even for just a few minutes. Being so far away from her and the rest of my family was a choice I made, but I never realized how much I relied on her until I didn’t have her right around the corner anymore.

  3. There was a time me and my sister decided for go for a “swim”. I think I was 4 and she was 5 and we were standing near a pool when I pushed her in and fell in after her. Luckily my dad pulled us out and we got a pretty good scolding. There’s plenty of mishaps with us two 🙂

  4. I was born an only child but meet my sister in college. She is still my dearest and closest confident. We rented a place together our last year of college, that entire year was memorable…I have so many memories. Some of my best memories are after I got done working the afternoon shift, she would call me to discuss her family and upcoming wedding (she was also a night owl) and we would talk till 4-5am. Then repeat that the next night. We now leave 10 hours apart but talk daily.

  5. My sister is 13 years older than me and was always like my second mother. She was always there for me growing up.

  6. It’s very hard to pick a memorable moment with my older sister, she’s my best friend and there have been many. I’ll pick the latest one – when we spent my 60th birthday together. I traveled from Florida to California to be with her because I knew she would sympathize since she celebrated her’s three years ago.

  7. My most memorable time with my sister is pretty awesome. She is 7 years older than me. I remember her teaching me how to walk. She was dangling a piece of bologna in front of me and encouraging me to come and get it.
    She can’t believe I still remember it.

  8. I am the oldest of three with 6 yrs between me and one and 13 between me and the other I remember taking them trick or treating and helping them learn to swim.The middle one followed me everywhere which annoyed me and the youngest I was like a little momma with.

  9. I don’t have a birth sister but I’ve had “sisters” along the way. It’s hard to pick a moment from one of them. I guess the one that comes to mind first is that two of my close friends/sisters and I went through a rite of passage together by jumping in our college fountain (a offense that was punished by fine if caught) our senior year in the middle of the night. It was just one of those crystal clear, silly, bonding moments that makes me smile to look back on.

  10. I have an older sister, but she didn’t care to have her little sister hanging around, so… My best friend and I used to blast Garth Brooks, brandishing hair brushes (or anything really) and singing at the top of our lungs lol To this day everytime I hear one of his songs especially “Friends in low places” I call her and we sing =D

  11. I have two sisters a older and younger…we like to get crazy eat junk food watch movies, and sing and dance in our kitchen!!

  12. I have four sisters, and when we get together for holidays it gets VERY loud! Any man who is with us usually gets scared away – or they marry one of us, one or the other:)

  13. I didn’t have any brothers or sisters but met my sister 20 plus years ago and my most memorable moment was all the 20 plus years we have been friends/sisters. Though it hasn’t always been smooth sailing(times where we didn’t speak)and that was hard because I always felt something was missing. But we always found our way back to each other and we may not talk everyday both of us know if either one is needed we are the first to call each other.

  14. latisha depoortere

    I don’t have any sisters have a brother don’t see him much! My memorable moments are every summer going to see my grandparents! Thank you for the great giveaway would love to read this book!
    tishajean@ charter.net

  15. I have half sisters and I think the most memorable moment with them was as adults getting together and having a huge Thanksgiving dinner with everyone participating and laughing and enjoying the company and sharing. There was only one and it will always be memorable. Thank you for sharing today and for the awesome giveaway opportunity.

  16. My most memorable moment with my sisters is from a long time ago when some of our chickens and turkeys escaped and we had to chase after them to put them back in their pen. Well that day it had rained so by the end of the chase we were completely mud caked and my mom took a picture:) Thanks for the great giveaway!

    yadkny@hotmail.com

  17. My sister, who is 19 years older than me, is more like a second mom, lol. One of my most memorable times with her was when she took me to Disney World when I was 12. It was amazing!
    goonie4ever@gmail.com

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