Holli has such a strong voice she demanded--and not politely--that I write the novel in first person so she could tell the story her way.

Sometimes she surprises me by what comes out of her mouth, but golly, is she ever fun to write!


More about the character:

Holli is a travel writer and professional blogger for her website, HolliDayRambler.com. She loves her grandmother, Merry, more than anyone, has impulse-control problems, is snarky and observant, and has a tendency to get herself into trouble.

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(Not nearly as dramatic or as large as the one involving Buck, but I like how it demonstrates her character.)

Maybe I should skedaddle over to Barbie’s salon-spa before tonight’s shindig at The Artesian in Sulphur. I would for sure go—as my nails look like the wrong end of a wood chipper—especially if I could manage a trip to Barbie Dahl’s without running into my ex-BFF herself.


Holli Day Davis Inspiration Board



Bing, and his laid back country cool, is the counter-balance to Holli's intensity. Bing is happy to be the sidekick, the tireless cheerleader, and the silent hero, when necessary.

In my head, Bing looks and sounds much like Bradley Cooper in the latest remake of "A Star is Born." If you have not seen the movie yet, watch it. Watch it now.


More about the character:

Holli’s younger brother, Bing, was a high school baseball star who lost his scholarship to Murray State College after a cheating scandal. Bing has a five-year-old son, runs a handyman service, and is in love with Holli’s on/off best friend, Barbie.

FUN FACT: Holli and Bing got their names because their mother’s favorite movie is “Holiday Inn” starring Bing Crosby.


Bing Davis (Holli’s Brother) Inspiration Board



Barbie is the best friend and the worst enemy anyone could have: She knows all your dirty secrets--every single one--and is loyal unless or until you cross her.

I imagine Barbie looking like a curvy Busy Phillips with the same spunk and drive as her character in the movie "Made of Honor."


More about the character:

Barbie Dahl Nguyen has always been the prettiest girl in town—and knows it—and uses her popularity and skills in makeup and hair to operate her salon, “Barbie Dahl’s.”

She invests her business earnings in stocks and real estate and owns half of the town. She is married to Buck Nguyen, her high school sweetheart, who cheated on her with Holli during a recent separation.


Barbie Dahl Nguyen (Holli’s BFF/Frenemy) Inspiration Board