Several months ago, I conducted an interview with my editor, Karlyn Thayer. You can read it here.
On Saturday, I received an email that she had passed away. I sat in my car and cried.
I’d met Karlyn through Writer’s Digest and continued working with her on several short stories. She experienced my third short story publication with me, worked on “Tears In the Sun”, an unpublished short story, and the beginning of a novel. Through all the emails, the laughs, and the positive corrections, we developed a mutual respect and friendship. I’d worked with other editors, but Karlyn gave me a gift, hope. She believed in me. Her words of correction were gentle, but specific. I bombarded her with questions, in which she always responded to within a few short hours.When the “The Long Road Home” was published, I emailed her and she attended the release party of the annual literary magazine for me. She then emailed me pictures, and mailed me several copies of the magazine herself. We were both proud.
Karlyn was a special, wonderful and kind human being, not to mention a fantastic author. I will miss her more than words can say. My prayers will be with her family as they move through this tragic time.
This week has been horrific for so many people with the Clackamas Mall shooting in my area, as well as the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school shooting. I would like to say this. I do not take my subscribers for granted. I appreciate each click, each subscriber, each email and opportunity to get to know you. I appreciate you. Thank you, and please, be safe during the holiday season.
Until Next Time…