|Photo by Marina Martindale|
It's been a challenging couple of weeks. My dear friend, and proofreader, Gloria Gray, suffered a serious stoke earlier this month, and, sadly, she has passed away from complications.
Gloria was my proofreader for The Stalker, and The Letter. She had been a proofreader for a newspaper for many years, and she was a delight to work with. She had an eagle eye when it came to finding typos, misspellings or wrong homonyms. She would also let me know if a paragraph seemed ambiguous or confusing so I could change the phrasing. She used to talk about the characters and the things they did. She really loved my books, and was one of my biggest fans. I talked with her a few times about my current book in progress, The Scandal, and she told me how she really looked forward to proofreading it.
Gloria and I also shared a love of music. In fact, we met through a mutual friend who is a jazz singer. I also took her with me to a few other musician friends' gigs, and she always enjoyed them.
People like Gloria don't come along everyday. She had a good heart and she always had your back. She will most certainly be missed.