In my dedicated news fast, I missed the news that Kathleen Woodiwiss passed away July 6 at the age of 68.
Surprisingly, I can only find a few articles about her in a Google:News search. I’m more surprised than Candy that it’s not more news than it is, but then, I have deliberately narrowed the scope of the news that I read.
But either way, her passing can’t go without mention, as the articles and tributes that I have found all mention that her work is the foundation of the romance genre as we know it, and certainly her books were among the first romances I read once I was introduced to the genre. While Candy and I snark often on the many elements of romance that emerged from the time she started writing, the fact remains that without her work, the genre we both love wouldn’t be what it is today.