So I heard on Twitter last night about the unfortunate passing of author L.K. Madigan. You can read a little more about it here. I didn't know her that well, but we got the chance to correspond a bit via email. She was working on a story where the main characters cross-dress to get into a strip club on Ladies' Night; she had shown it to another writer who was part of the GLBT community and she found it offensive. Lisa then thought of emailing me as I'm a young gay male who reads YA; she was a bit apprehensive about it, she told me, but Lisa Schroeder assured that I'm "super sweet", which is true.
Anyway, of course I read the excerpt, but being the unoffendable person I am, I found nothing wrong with it. She actually told me about some of the stuff she had in before she revised it. I still found that stuff funny. I'm weird. But during those email chats, we really hit it off. She was a wonderful, funny person.
A few months later, we got the chance to meet at ALA (photo below). She was so excited to see me (and I was excited to see her too) and even came out from behind the signing table to give me a big hug. We chatted for a few minutes and she signed my copy of Flash Burnout. It was so great to finally meet her in person.
A few months later, she sent me a signed copy of The Mermaid's Mirror, her second book, as a thank you for helping her out with that excerpt. She included a long note too- unfortunately, the manuscript had been rejected and she was working on revising it to send to other publishers.
I was astonished to hear last month about her pancreatic cancer diagnosis and I prayed that somehow things would work out. I didn't think that something like this would happen this soon.
But, like in her final post on her blog from last month, I'm glad she achieved her dream of being a published author and that she was lucky to live as long as she did after battling breast cancer. I'm glad I was able to meet her. I'm glad she has two wonderful books out there for the world to read. She is going to be missed immensely.
RIP L.K. Madigan.