Emily came into my life like the TARDIS, randomly and out of nowhere. Well, that’s not entirely true. We went to junior high together, though I never really interacted with her. Then, suddenly, the first day of high school, we were in the same small friend group. Over the next two years, we became close friends. She called me ten minutes before a showing of Iron Man was about to start, and we raced to the movie theater together in her mom’s minivan, managing to arrive before the previews ended. I waited with her after she dislocated her knee in the girl’s bathroom at the school gym (it’s a long story). We watched twenty minutes of the movie On A Clear Day before realizing that even Billy Boyd was not worth sitting through a movie that bad.
Then Emily moved to Maryland. After a farewell meal at In N Out, her family drove across the country and she sent me text updates containing pictures of a Batman action figure in each state. Despite the three-hour time difference, the distance only made Emily and me closer as we text almost constantly. Luckily, for me, I went to college in New York City and we were only a bus ride away from each other for three years. We explored New York, Washington D.C., and even went across the pond to visit London, Oxford, and Paris. So far, we have had some crazy fun times together, and I’ve learned a few things about Emily.
Emily is an adventurer. She loves to do crazy (and sometimes illegal*) things. Emily is part of a wonderful family, consisting of her parents and younger brother. She is a hard worker and a diligent student and graduated from the University of Maryland with the highest honors. Emily is also steadfast friend. And first and foremost, Emily is a storyteller, a gifted storyteller. She is all about the story—characters, plot, themes, style. One of the ways we became such close friends is though writing together, and through our early days of writing (mostly Newsies fan fiction) to Emily’s current original writing endeavors, I have discovered that Emily has a gift with words. When she’s the author of a New York Times best seller, just remember that you heard it here first.
*But not too illegal!