Shannon Dittemore



Shan_Alicia_RenoI’m working on a new story. It’s a detective story with a speculative twist thrown in to please the strangeness in me. And I like it. I’m enjoying the characters and the fact that I know where this one is going. For a writer, those are things to be celebrated.

But I noticed something the other day. Something that made me sad. My main character is alone a lot. Now, that’s not so uncommon for these types of stories, not so uncommon for your heroine to strike out on her own, but it does make for a hefty amount of internal monologue and not quite enough conversation. And suddenly, I wished my lead had a best friend.

I’m not sure I’ll give her one. It’s okay for her to be lonely right now. But that need, that vacant spot in her fictional existence became desperately apparent because I know what it is to have a best friend. I know the noisy, companionable, sometimes silent, space-filling, hand-holding, shoulder-leaning blessing another kindred soul can be.

I know this because I was born one month and three days before Alicia. Our fathers were best friends and we were raised to be the same. Rumor has it everyone expected me to be a boy, and our arranged marriage agreed upon. I spoiled things by showing up a girl, I suppose, but maybe not. Because I gained something in Alicia that so few can really claim: a lifelong friend.

Shan_Alicia_TJWe have lots of things in common, Alicia and I. We were both raised in Christian families by church leaders. We vacationed together. We went to high school together. We took piano lessons from the same teacher. We cheered together. We slathered on the mime makeup and performed together. We even crushed on all the same boys at church camp. They ALWAYS chose her, by the way. LIKE. ALWAYS.

But even with all the things we’ve shared through the years, we’re very different individuals. Our temperaments, our challenges, our talents, our passions. We don’t share many of those. And yet, God saw fit to stick us together. He thought we’d need one another.

He was right.

I mean, nobody can beat us at Taboo. Nobody. We have too much history. And if you need to know the fastest way to get around Disneyland, or the best way to apply mime makeup, we’ve got you covered.

Shan_Alicia_campAnd if you need to sit and talk, or cry, or vent, there’s no better person to call than Alicia. Especially when she’s driving! There is nothing quite so amazing as talking to Alicia when she’s toying with a little road rage.

And when life changes and you don’t see each other quite as often, it’s okay, because Alicia is still Alicia. No matter what she’s gone through, no matter the battles she’s had to fight, no matter how you’ve both changed–Alicia is still the kindhearted, sassy soul she’s always been.

And she’s going to tell you the truth. And she’s going to let you mope. And she may even curse a little bit (which might be the funniest, most surprising thing about her).

The world can be crashing down around us, and still, Alicia will be there.

And life is less lonely because she is.

While my detective story is short on BFFs, my Angel Eyes trilogy is not. And if you’ve caught the similarities between Alicia’s name and Ali’s, you are one bright Crayola. Today–on Alicia’s birthday!–we’re celebrating best friends. To do so, I’ve put together a little Dark Halo BFF Prize pack to be raffled off. Two of each prize will be given. One for you and one for a friend. The winner will receive:

DH Prize pack

2 copies of Dark Halo | 2 Dark Halo audio books | 2 Dark Halo bookmarks | 2 Dark Halo posters

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. I’ll draw a name on Friday, March 28th and notify the winner via email.

And hey, enjoy your friends today. 😉

a Rafflecopter giveaway



  • Comment by Amber M — March 21, 2014 @ 11:05 am

    Thank you for sharing this. I enjoy hearing that people still treasure long term friendships. 🙂

  • Comment by Sparksofember — March 21, 2014 @ 12:08 pm

    Happy birthday, Alicia! I wasn’t lucky enough to have a friend like that growing up. I did make some good ones in college but my two BFFs are my husband – and my mother. I’d be lost without either one of them – they both inspire me to be better than I am and also content with being me.

  • Comment by Dorena — March 21, 2014 @ 4:56 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Alicia! I don’t have a BFF. The closes BFF I have would be my Mom. Thank you for chance to win this awesome prize pack.

  • Comment by bn100 — March 21, 2014 @ 5:14 pm

    Happy birthday!

  • Comment by Cristi Marashi — March 21, 2014 @ 5:54 pm

    My bff and I have know each other since 6th grade and have been best friends since high school. We are 32 & 33, so it’s been a while. We hav been together through all of life’s moments- dating (sometimes the same guy at different times haha!), getting married, having babies and everything else. I couldn’t imagine being closer to another human being (besides my husband!) We are blessed to know each other!

    Happy Birthday Alicia!

  • Comment by Kristen — March 21, 2014 @ 6:41 pm

    Happy Birthday Alicia! You’re lucky to have a friend who loves you as much as Shannon! I have two bff’s who I actually met in high school: CC-in 9th grade & Shannon-in 11th grade. Both of these ladies mean the world to me and are the sisters I always asked God to bring me when I was a little girl! Thanks for the chance to win this book pack. We’re all used to sharing our books with each other so one will just have to be patient and wait for Dark Halo should we win!!

  • Comment by Tammy — March 21, 2014 @ 8:03 pm

    Happy birthday Alicia! I need a good BFF now that I’m an adult. I just have good friends.

  • Comment by Alicia — March 21, 2014 @ 9:00 pm

    It has been such a treasure having your friendship for all of these years. Thank you for the birthday wishes, and even more so for the cherished memories and friendship we share. I love you dearly – more than you will ever know. 🙂

  • Comment by Maddie — March 22, 2014 @ 5:25 am

    My characters spend an awful lot of time alone too. I’m trying to work on that, otherwise it’s boring for me to write, let alone for someone to read.

  • Comment by Maddie — March 22, 2014 @ 5:28 am

    Happy birthday!
    My best friend is rebekah. She’s awesome. She listens to absolutely any crazy problem I can come up with, and she has great music that she’s not afraid to dance to. But she packed up and left me for college, so our friendship is of the long distance sort at the moment.

  • Comment by Sarah — March 22, 2014 @ 7:23 am

    I love what you wrote! Alicia is so wonderful and I’m so happy I get to know her too! Happy birthday Alicia, and well said Shannon!

  • Comment by ~Angie~ — March 22, 2014 @ 7:21 pm

    Happy birthday Alicia!

    My best friend was always there when I was younger. She went to the same church as me, same events, etc. Then she started going to a different school and over the last few years I haven’t seen her that often. But whenever I see her, it’s like I just saw her yesterday. Even though she (and I) have both changed in different ways, our personalities are the same and she’s the only friend of mine that I have both her home phone and cell number memorized! I know I can always go to KK and she’ll hear me out but also be able to tell me truthfully how she feels about what I’m saying.

  • Comment by Paola — March 23, 2014 @ 11:44 am

    Happy birthday!!!!

  • Comment by Kate — March 23, 2014 @ 8:13 pm

    Happy birthday Alicia! I hope you had a great day!

    Best friends are awesome. One of dearest and truest friend is a sweet, dear person with is kind, patient, and an excellent listener and conversationalist. She’s fantastic.

  • Comment by Julia — April 9, 2014 @ 2:37 pm

    That was very inspiring! I never really realized how much I’m taking my best friend for granted. I have known her since Pre-K. I just wanted to say thank you for that talk about BFF’s. And Happy very belated birthday Alicia!!

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