I’ve just learned from Orbit’s website that Jen Rardin passed away Monday, September 20th, 2010. I am incredibly saddened at this news.
Jen was one of the Orbit authors who immediately reached out to me, as a debut author. She was incredibly kind, generous, and helpful. She immediately offered to interview me on her site, and I really felt like I’d “made it” having someone whose books I admire pay attention to me.
As for her books, they’re fabulous. Lively and fun, they’re perfectly done episodes. I hope someday they’ll be made into movies, as they’d fit that venue perfectly.
And as an inspiration, she can’t be beat. She was a woman who clearly lived for and loved her family. Her acknowledgements and blog always touch on her love for them, and their importance to her as a woman and as an author. She seems to have had such a level-head, when it came to the business. She certainly knew that while getting the books out are important, so is living a private life. In fact, we talked about doing some signings together in my part of Illinois, but she ended up declining because her daughter was visiting from college. It was a lovely form of rejection, reminding me to look at my own life and decide what’s really important.
My thoughts, now, are with that family that was so important to her. I can’t begin to imagine their grief. I hope they take some comfort knowing how well loved Jen was, and that her books, along with her family, will continue her legacy.