On Jen Rardin’s Passing…

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.

Posted by Nicole Peeler

Author, Professor, Lover, Fighter

26 thoughts on “On Jen Rardin’s Passing…”

  1. Say it is not so. I met her at a book signing last year and have kept up with her on Facebook. I am actually reading her series now. I am in shock. Wow, don't know what else to say. Had not heard anything about this.

  2. Thank you for the touching posts on one of my favorite authors.

    It was a shock to learn about her passing.

    Reading her upcoming BITTEN IN TWO will be bittersweet.

    *Virtual Hugs*

  3. I can't believe it! I just can't. I loved her work and her wit! She's gone way too soon! WAY TOO SOON!

  4. I am really upset about this news. I loved her Jax Parks series, my thoughts and prayers go to her family and friends 🙁

  5. I was also lucky enough to receive guidance form Jenn when I signed with Orbit. She was a warm and generous author and a very funny lady. There's nothing anyone can say to make this hurt less for her family, so I'll just say that she'll be missed terribly.

  6. Jennifer was an incredible author and I am glad I had the opportunity to work with her on several occasions. She will be missed by many.

  7. @NicolePeeler ((((hugs))))) losing someone is hard and my thoughts go out to the family and friends (of which it sounds like she had many)!

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