Romance author Edith Layton passed away today from ovarian cancer. Layton was one of the most prolific and inspiring romance authors in print, a name repeatedly mentioned by writers when discussing authors whose books had led them to think of writing. Layton was also gifted with one of the most bizarre covers I’ve ever seen in romance.
There is a collection of memorial tributes at WordWenches, where Layton was among the blogging writers. Her daughter, Susie Felber, has posted an amazing collection of photos of her mother – including one of her writing. My favorite, though,is a picture of Felber’s dog, taken by Layton in late March. Edith Layton was a longtime supporter of the North Shore Animal League, an amazing shelter on Long Island (two of my cats are from North Shore) – probably how she got that picture of a dog with such a big smile.
Our condolences to her family and friends, especially her very awesome daughter, Susie. May her memory be a blessing.