my molly & erie.

IMG_4083

IMG_4122

 

I wrote them before I met them.

I modeled Molly on the girl I wished I could be more like. Wittier and more charming and more outwardly put-together. We shared the same unpleasant thoughts at that age but Molly is so much better at hiding that darkness. I made her real and she was real in my brain and then I moved to California and suddenly she was real in real life, too. My Molly. I invented her and then I met her, and her name was actually Molly. She’s the twenty-three year old version of the main character of my book. She’s one of the coolest people I’ve ever met and not just because I knew her before I met her, not just because she was so exactly what I was envisioning. Some people say effortless, and sure, sure, she’s effortless. But what she has isn’t so easily describable.

And then I met Erie. Molly’s best friend, a blond California girl with a tendency to hide her emotions behind her home screen and an infectious laugh and an easy, open smile.

In real life, her name wasn’t Erie, but that might have been too weird.

My first book, THE HALF LIFE OF MOLLY PIERCE, comes out in four months exactly.

I’m at once ready, terrified, overwhelmed, ecstatic.

Here are some photographs of the real Molly Pierce. The Molly I envisioned. And her best friend, Erie.

IMG_3981

IMG_3990

IMG_4055

IMG_4134

IMG_4075

IMG_4155

IMG_4153

photographs taken in Santa Monica, California, where the Erie of my dreams was born and the Erie of the real world currently lives.

Advertisements

One thought on “my molly & erie.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: