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Sunday, June 06, 2010

In Memory of Malissa

My friends and I are remembering Malissa today, on her birthday. Malissa is my very dear friend Deanna's older sister. It has been an honor to walk with Deanna through the loss and to remember how much Missi means to all of us.

Lots of people ask me about the inspiration to write TMAS - I think the heart of Miranda's loss of her sister Xanda comes from those memories. Even though the fictional Xanda couldn't be more different than Malissa, the loss of a sister and friend inspired much of Miranda's journey. I am thankful to Deanna for sharing her story.

Dee said, "Missi would have turned 38 years old today and would be complaining that she is almost 40. She loved her birthdays, but hated getting older."

Malissa, we miss you!


  1. Thanks for this background on Tell Me a Secret, Holly. I didn't know Deanna's loss inspired so much of Tell Me a Secret. Sounds like Malissa was a wonderful person.

  2. Lovely tribute to a friend, Holly. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  3. Thank you, Janet and Amy! Deanna and I have been friends since high school and have practically grown up together. A picture of all of us is on my fridge, so I think about them every day.