Many of us in the writing community are still in shock of the recent death of Judi McCoy. She had been a member of our blog, Much Cheaper Than Therapy, until her schedule became too hectic. She was also a long distance member of our Romance Writers of America local chapter Valley of the Sun. For the past nine years she flew to Arizona to attend the Chocolate Affaire Booksigning and then spent a few extra days in town to share her expertise with our chapter members at the next meeting. She was always willing to speak about any topic we suggested. What touched me the most about Judi was her sincere concern about her readers. I watched her speak to them about their interests and knew she truly cared. She once said she didn't want me to buy her books unless I really wanted to read them. She wasn't in it for the quick sale.
"It is always a great blow to lose a member of the romance writing community. Each author brings their own unique vision and voice to their stories, and Judi was certainly no exception. We will especially miss her here on the blog, where she contributed so many cute posts about her dog walker series. She was a caring person and contributed profits from her books toward the assistance of dogs in need...I think that truly reflects what kind of person she was. I met Judi many times, and she was always kind, gracious, with a great sense of humor. She will be missed, although a part of her will always remain within her stories. She cannot be forgotten. With Deepest Sympathy, Kathryne Kennedy."
The Chocolate Affaire won't feel quite the same without her witty retorts and laughter.
I hope those of you who knew her will keep precious memories close to your hearts. I hope all of us will remember that life is short and cherish those we love.