Monday, October 05, 2009
We'll Miss You, Kate
I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Kate Duffy, editorial director at Kensington Publishing. Kate was the very first editor I ever talked to. Actually I talked with her twice. I found her to be straightforward and funny. She read the first story I ever got the nerve to send out. She called me and said she enjoyed the plot and the hero who was hot, but she thought my heroine was TSTL. Naturally, I was crushed. LOL. But then she added that I had managed do something few authors do and that was - I made her to care about my characters.

My next interaction with Kate was as part of the BRAVA novella contest. As a finalist, Kate called all of us. My call came while I was at work. So, I'm trying to appear professional, sound logical while my heart is jump roping and I can't find pen and paper on my crowded desk to save my life. I know I sounded barely literate, but she quickly put me at ease.

I saved her advice and have incorporated it into my subsequent stories.

We'll miss you, Kate.
posted by Liz @ 9:24 AM  
  • At October 12, 2009 11:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    May she rest in peace. It's nice that you were able to interact with her and have a good experience. Thanks for sharing your good memories with us.


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