Jennifer Lyon

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
Romance Lost A True Heroine


The world of romance publishing lost a true heroine over the weekend, the legendary editor, Kate Duffy.

Kate touched many lives, including mine as she was my editor for many years. Although her story here on earth has come to an end,  like the unforgettable heroines of beloved romances novels, she will live on in our memories.

Happy trails, Kate, and  may your new journey be filled with books!

10 comments to “Romance Lost A True Heroine”

  1. Ban
    September 29th, 2009 at 8:35 am · Link

    Isn’t it so nice when you meet people who will live on in your memories ?

  2. Cecile
    September 29th, 2009 at 9:21 am · Link

    I have seen many heartfelt stories about this woman and even though I have never met her, spoke or emailed her, she has seemed to touch many people. And some of those people, I have read their work. It is very nice to see that her memory will live through you all. May her soul find the romance heaven we all long for!

  3. Silver James
    September 29th, 2009 at 11:21 am · Link

    She touched the lives of people she never met. I think that’s greatest legacy a person can leave. The romance community is much poorer today for her loss.

  4. Jenn
    September 29th, 2009 at 11:42 am · Link

    Ban, I was lucky. She taught me a great deal. While her bluntness was the stuff of legends, she was also tremendously kind.

  5. Jenn
    September 29th, 2009 at 11:43 am · Link

    Cecile, very nicely said! I still can’t quite believe she’s gone. She touched a lot of people.

  6. Jenn
    September 29th, 2009 at 11:44 am · Link

    Silver, she really did. Her passion for romance (and reading) was as real as it gets. Kate Duffy was the real deal.

  7. Kira Daniels
    September 29th, 2009 at 1:37 pm · Link

    I met her once in Dallas and she seemed like such a fun woman. I had no idea she had passed. She will certainly be missed.

  8. Jenn
    September 29th, 2009 at 2:55 pm · Link

    Kira, I’m glad you had the opportunity to meet her.

  9. Margaret A. Golla
    September 30th, 2009 at 10:38 am · Link

    I pitched to Kate years ago, and though she eventually rejected my work, I would have given my eye-teeth to work with her. I loved her no-nonsense style and blunt-to-the-point-of-pain way of cutting the crap and telling you like it is.
    Rest In Peace, Kate

  10. Jen Lyon
    September 30th, 2009 at 12:49 pm · Link

    Margaret, it just seemed like there would be more time, didn’t there?

    But I’m glad you got to meet her.

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