As I began writing my second book, suddenly Chelsea Colston jumped onto the page. She is Alyssa’s best friend from Net of Deceit and had a supporting role in that book. I hadn’t meant to include her in this book, but there she was and I couldn’t get rid of her. She just took over and defined herself on the first page of That Damn Kiss.
Chelsea is a free spirit raised by parents who have an open marriage in the elite circles of Los Angeles. Her parents were more involved in their personal lives than guiding their children. Chelsea believes her parents love her, but for her it’s one of those things that children expect rather than knowing what it feels like. Therefore, she really only knows the superficial love that comes with having many relationships and she really doesn’t expect anything more than that.
Chelsea spent most of her childhood at Alyssa’s house with a real family. Whatever she knows about life, friendships, and love comes from Alyssa’s family. Chelsea saw it up close, but that doesn’t mean she really knows it. She’s still just a little emotionally crippled due to her own family. And that’s why Chelsea and Alyssa make such good friends. They balance each other out perfectly.