I learned today that a dear dear friend died in June. Maggie Davis, who was a bestselling author as Katherine Deauxville, passed away after a long illness in June. Her youngest son, Cambren, finally got into her email and found my address to let me know.
Damn damn damn. Miz Maggie was always been there for me. She was talented, funny, and knew more about the publishing business that all others have forgotten. She was caring, supportive and just so much of a "mother mentor" to me that I could never do and say enough to ring the peal of her praise. Her last email to me was talking about her work on her newest book. She sent me a lot of chapters to read -- another great Maggie Davis book. Now, her wonderful presence is gone. The world is a much duller presence with her passing.
Needless to say, I sat and cried like a baby. I will miss you, Miz Maggie.