Like so many in the romance writing community today, I’m mourning the passing of my first editor and friend Kate Duffy. Like so many in the romance writing community, I was one of the authors she launched. That was way back in 1987 when she made a multi-book offer for my first books. Her precise touch with editing and her brilliant sense of humor endeared this naive author to her immediately. She has a way of making whomever she spoke to feel special, and every situation offered an opportunity for her wit which was as self-deprecating as it was incisive to the world of publishing.
This photo is over 20 years old, and it’s from the party for Tudor Books at the Seattle RWA National conference. It’s how I’ll always remember Kate. Smiling and by her author’s side. Thanks, Kate for all you’ve done for all of us — writers and readers alike. You’ll be missed because there’s no one else who can take your place.