When my parents were in their early forties, they resigned themselves to never having a child. And then the next thing they knew, they were expecting me.
I would have liked brothers and sisters, but that was not to be, and by junior high, I had two friends who were almost like sisters, Misty and Samantha. We moved like a group through each other's homes, dinner at Samantha's one night, at Misty's the next, and at my place the next. We all liked to cook. We descended on a kitchen, whipped up a meal or parts of a meal that might be, we hoped, delicious. With time, we learned to clean up the messes we made in those kitchens. We learned not to make quite such spectacular messes...
We haunted our school library and the Fallingbrook Public Library for new and exotic recipes. We found other things there, too, like great books to read.
And boys. There were boys in those libraries. Cookbooks took us there, but boys kept us there. We weren't sure what those boys were studying, but we since we were studying them, we couldn't help hoping that they were studying us. We tried not to giggle.
All of us came back to Fallingbrook after we finished our education. I was a 911 dispatcher for awhile. Now I run a donut and coffee shop, Misty is a police officer, and Samantha is an Emergency Services Technician. The three of us get together frequently. Our meals are always delicious and our kitchens never get too messy.
You can read about Emily and her friends (and Emily's cat, Dep) and how they helped solve a murder in Survival of the Fritters. In September, Goodbye Cruller World comes out. You can read about a deadly donut wall and how Emily and her friends help solve another murder. Read excerpts here. Find booksellers here.
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