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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Phyllis Whitney........

I just heard that Phyllis Whitney died in early February at the age of 104.

Though I never met the woman, I feel as though I knew her. She was one of the women whose wonderful books introduced me to the world of romance.

Phyllis wrote Gothics. And I love a good Gothic. She told stories that were always intriguing, romantic in the old fashioned, lovely sense of the word and mysterious as well.

She had a sense of scene that drew you into the world she was creating until you really didn't want to leave. And the books she wrote will remain long after she's gone. Hopefully, some young girl in a library is discovering a wonderful story like Hunter's Green today.

And not only was she a forerunner in the romance industry, she was a writer who was always willing to help others who wanted to tell stories for a living. This quote of hers, for me, pretty much summed up this lovely woman's attitude.....

“Never mind the rejections, the discouragement, the voices of ridicule (there can be those too),” she wrote in “Guide to Fiction Writing.” “Work and wait and learn, and that train will come by. If you give up, you’ll never have a chance to climb aboard.”

So thanks, Phyllis, for all the great books. And I hope you're having a great time researching something brand new right now...............


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