[[NOTE: This was a guest post I wrote for the Books Make Great Lovers blog a few weeks back.  I’m reposting here because it answers a question I get asked quite a bit, and also for my mom, who recently asked why some of the words I write here come up in different colors, and insisted that the very idea of clicking on links makes her tired. ]]

If you could have anything, what would you wish for?

This is the question that WISH asks of you—both in the story and, hey, it’s right there on the back of the book!—and, fairly enough, it’s also the question I have been asked most frequently, over the course of the past few weeks.

I had no idea how hard it would be for me to imagine what I’d do with three wishes. I’ve thought about it long and hard, day and night. I’ve thought about it standing up and doing the dishes, I’ve thought about it on long walks with the dogs. I’ve even done that annoying thinking-too-much-in-the-shower thing, where you accidentally condition your hair before shampooing it, or wash your face with shaving cream. (I’ve really done this. Not awesome. Not at all.)

I’ve thought and I’ve thought and I’ve thought, and then, one morning, as I was staring into my refrigerator for no reason, it hit me. The reason I can’t think of any wishes is exactly the reason why, if I were to walk into Posey’s magical dress-making shop tomorrow, she’d probably take one look at me, make some kind of snide remark about whatever I was wearing, and send me on my way.

See, Posey only has the power to grant wishes to people who deserve them. People who really, truly need her help. At the beginning of WISH, Olivia is completely stuck. She is head-to-toe buried in sadness and no matter how hard she tries, she can’t see a way out. By granting her three wishes, Posey is able to give Olivia the opportunity to side-step her grief, first by bringing Violet back, and then by helping Olivia to slowly build a road out of her sadness, on her own terms.

This is the kind of wishing I’m most interested in—the wishes we make when we’re the most desperate, when we know in our hearts that we can’t do it alone. I’ve made them before, and I have no doubt I’ll make them again. And it’s nice to think that, when I do, there might be somebody like Posey to hear me.

But as for right now, things are pretty okay. I won’t begin to pretend that I’d deserve Posey’s help. I couldn’t waste her time like that—besides, between helping Olivia, and helping the new Olivia and lucky star of WISH 2, I’d say Posey’s got enough on her plate.

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