All sorts of family – Kandy Shepherd
Like many romance writers, family is important in my stories. Family—or lack of family—features strongly in the backgrounds of my characters and shapes the people they become, and the way they react to others—particularly the hero or heroine.
I come from a small and somewhat dysfunctional family. Consequently, non-family people are very important in my life. Close, long-standing friends over many years—some dating right back to early childhood—are as much family to me as blood-tie family. That also includes much loved in-laws and step-family.
One of the most wonderful people in my life is my god-daughter—truly family of my heart. Her mother, too. Not only did her mother generously share her with me for the years before my own daughter was born, my god-daughter became a much-loved stand-in older sister to my daughter. That they actually have the same colouring and similar looks, they were often mistaken for “real” sisters. They continue to have an enduring friendship.
|With my sweet grand-god-daughter !|
Now there’s another member of that “family”—my darling, grand-god-daughter—daughter of my god-daughter.. She’s ten months old and utterly enchanting with the most charming and outgoing personality. (No, I'm not biased!) Recently, I went to her christening in Melbourne and spent a happy weekend with little Elise, her beautiful mother and wonderful father and a group of people who love this adorable baby. Some of the fun was looking back at the photos from my god-daughter’s christening way back when I was the god-mother. Not family of the blood, but “family” all the same.
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My recent book Second Chance with the Single Dad features a beautiful baby girl named Nina. Her character is inspired by both little Elise and memories of my own daughter. Different kinds of family! (And different definitions of family are explored in the book.)
What about you? Do you have friends and important people in your life who aren’t related but feel like family? I’d love to read your comments!
Now off to cook a meal for a young visitor who is the son of my daughter’s god-mother but seems like a cousin to her…
That is a beautiful post Kandy and I do agree, I come from a big family, with three sisters and lots of cousins, we are having a family reunion in a couple of weeks and I am looking forward to catching up, but yes I do have people that are family to me even if they are not blood related, they are there to hug, talk to and we are there for each other, where would we be without those friendsReplyDelete
Yes, family is important but so are special friends aren't they Helen!Delete
Aw, what a lovely story, Kandy, and what a gorgeous great god-daughter you have. I think that one's friends can be every bit as important as blood family. Perhaps more so in some instances, as you get to choose them! LOL.ReplyDelete
So true, Michelle, about getting to choose your friends!Delete
Oh, how lovely, Kandy. What a special occasion that christening must have been! I come from a fairly close but small family and my special friends are definitely like family. I love seeing my children interact with our dear friends. They have some particularly strong bonds there too.ReplyDelete
Annie, I agree, it iis lovely to see our children interact with our friends (and their children!) and form close bonds!Delete