Today is Jolene Haley's birthday. My dear friend, my writing partner, and one of the most amazing people I have ever had the privilege of knowing.
Jolene and I have known each other for over 7 years now. What started as a mutual love of horror and admiration of each other's work, became a friendship unlike any other I have had in my lifetime.
From a writing standpoint, what I treasure most is not the words we've written together that have seen the light of day. It's the hundreds of hours of conversations, and time we have spent together in the worlds we have created, and the ones we are still creating. We have lived in those worlds. We share relationships with our characters that no one but us will ever experience. They are uniquely ours, and that is truly a gift.
From a friendship standpoint, Jolene is the most supportive friend I have ever had. She is the standard I measure myself against when it comes to being a good friend. It's an impossible standard, but she inspires me to always strive to be the kind of friend she is.
Today is a day to celebrate Jolene Haley, but really, every day is a day to celebrate Jolene. She is one in a million.
Happy birthday, partner!!!
P.S. That pic above is from a trip to Toronto we took with our team at work last summer. I was lucky enough to work with Jolene for a year, and it was one of the best experiences of my professional career.