The Earls Sisters were created by, obviously, our parents. But our sisterhood runs deeper than blood, it runs through our souls.
The two of us grew up unlike most sisters did — getting along splendidly. We would watch cartoons and television shows and then play out the characters afterward, creating new stories for their lives. We then began creating our own characters and stories. Eventually, we started the arduous task of creating books together.
Laurie Earls (pictured right with the cute hat) was the oldest. She tragically died in 2012 at the age of 31 after a long, six-year battle from a rare, aggressive cancer called Angiosarcoma. Before her untimely passing, Laurie was a mechanical AND material engineer! She enjoyed reading, writing, and drank more coffee and tea than anyone I ever had met or probably will ever meet. She always had a flare for the dramatic and enjoyed cosplay and gaming with her friends.
I, Charlene Earls-Hamberger (pictured left with the pearl necklace) like to spend my time finishing the work Laurie and I started together. When my favorite person died, I also lost my favorite thing to do in life — create stories with Laurie. I always knew I would continue on with our tales, but I won’t lie and say it was easy at first. But writing helps me feel connected to her and helps keep her memory alive.
When I’m not writing or reading, I enjoy NOT-caffeinated drinks, as the consumption of caffeine turns me into a crazed hyena. I do, however, enjoy sewing, fashion, movies, putting Swarovski crystals on EVERYTHING, health, and changing my hair color way too often. I am a bit obsessed with Adventure Time, Tim Gunn, Lana Del Rey, and Aerosmith.
They say a relationship shouldn’t have two creative people because you need a practical one to support the dreamer, but my husband and I beg to differ. I’m married to truly one of the smartest, kindest, and most talented people I know. He is my rock and best friend, and, frankly, we are just too darn cute together.
Laurie and I are blessed with two amazing parents who are more in love with each other after 36 years of marriage and who would do anything for their children. We have been blessed with the best friends that anyone could ask for and the best extended families you can get.
Together (and still for me today), Laurie and I were music junkies, shopped until we dropped, did amazing things with glitter and gluesticks, and hoarded an insane amount of costume jewelry.
She who dies with the most jewelry… lets her sister win all of it.
If you are looking for a worthy cause to donate where 100 percent of the proceeds go toward funding a cure for the awful cancer that killed Laurie, please visit http://cureasc.org/.