They’re pseudonyms and half of the reason I created this page is to keep them straight. I do not mention all of them regularly. I just want my readers to be able to look up a name if they wonder about the relation.
Gramma: My mom’s mom… the woman who raised me… my heart.
Gail (Abigail/Abigail “Sure Thing” Frederickson): My best friend since we were 15 and in the 9th grade. I tell her everything. She’s my mom/best friend/sister… my sanity.
Catherine: Acquaintances in high school, graduated together. Share bad dating stories. Good friend now. Loves Supernatural/Sherlock/Doctor Who. Fangirl pals.
Laura: Met through Catherine. Seven years older. Mother of two. Also fangril pals.
Jake: The boyfriend. My first since my ex-husband. Pretty damned keen.
My Siblings and Steps
Bo: My older brother by three years. Redneck with severe Right Wing political views. Holds the stopwatch on my uterus. Is not close with steps.
Zane: Step-brother. Oldest. Three years younger than I am.
Brent: Step-brother. 2nd oldest, four years younger than I am.
Cade: Step-brother. 3rd oldest, five years younger than I am.
Bea: My step-sister or little sister, who is six years younger. Close with her.
Lena: Step-mom. 12 years younger than my dad. Wonderful mother.
Tina: My dad’s cousin, who is also a librarian. I often call her an aunt.
Delia: Oldest. Five years older. Emily’s sister.
Emily: Two years older. Delia’s sister.
Kayla: Two years younger. Mickey’s sister.
Mitch: Close to MIckey. Five years younger.
Mickey: Female. Seven years younger. Kayla’s sister.
All those other people
Ava: High school friend. One year younger. Sweetest gal alive.
Carla: Coworker and friend. Well-read. Loves Hobbit slash fanfiction.
Chad: One of the guys I hung out with in my early 20s. 30. Lives at home. Mostly lost touch.
Dana: Coworker and friend slightly younger than my parents. Loves Outlander and romance novels and hearing dating stories. Adorably worrisome.
Grace: Gail’s infant daughter who passed away at eight months old.
Jane/Jewy: My best friend in the 8th grade, pre-Gail. We’re still close via text message and just haven’t lived close since high school. She currently lives in Vegas, but is certainly a friend.
Janet: Coworker and friend. Very religious. Around my age. Two boys.
Jay: One of the guys I hung out with in my early 20s. 27. Lives at home. Mostly lost touch.
Jude: My beagle.
Ken: One of the guys I hung out with in my early 20s. Computer guru and unicyclist. Married. Mostly lost touch.
Karol: Coworker and friend. Around my parents’ age. Oddly similar to Gail in personality.
Lacy: A girl from high school I never spoke to, until we were 26. We primarily chat through Facebook, but I’ve grown to consider her a friend.
Layla: Laylabean. My neice; Bo’s little girl.
Malik: Yellow-denim-jeans gay. A friend from the time we were 15, who is a brilliant artist and has made multiple attempts to straighten out his life. I’m always there to enjoy the sober kicks with him.
Metro: The nearest city to Shetland, about 45 minutes away.
Reba: Coworker and friend. Shares my love of paranormal romance
Sadie: Gail’s much favored (by her parents) little sister.
Shane: Gail’s ex-husband.
Shay and Kay: Chan and Jay’s little sisters. Mostly lost touch.
Shetland: Where I live now and went to school K-12. Suburb of the Metro with around 18,000 people.
Springfield: A slightly larger town than Shetland, directly north. They’re the rivals of the Shetland high school, but also the ones with a movie theater.
Terry: Gail’s beau and the only one I’ve ever really liked. I keep telling her not to fuck this up, because she’s never going to do better.
Ward: One of the guys I hung out with in my early 20s. Little brother I never had. Still text fairly regularly.
Jake’s Friends and Family
Aaron: Jake’s bestie
Amy: Tanner’s wife, home-ec teacher, in library school
Callie: Jake’s college roomate, married to Shep
Carley: Jake’s third niece
Cody: Jake’s brother-in-law
Clyde: Haley’s Husband
Craig: Jake’s brother
Haley: Jake’s other college roommate, works for a screen printing company with her mom, loud and social
James: Jake’s third bestie, married to an accountant
Jana: James’s wife, an accountant
Jason: Jake’s second bestie and a youth minister, kind but a wee bit uptight
Lucy: Jake’s second niece
May: Jake’s sister
Matilda: Craig’s girlfiend
Mindy: Aaron’s wife, mom/hairdresser
Shana: Jake’s first niece
Shep: Jake’s friend from college, married to Callie
Tanner: Jake’s younger friend, from college, teaches P.E., married to Amy