Nyeusigrube has suffered a great loss.
One of the hardest parts of living as a public person is the effort to separate the personal from the public. Private struggles generally manifests online as a period of silence, or a series of inane, meaningless posts as the public professional struggles to conceal private pain.
I was not sure at first whether this qualified as something that should be shared with you, my readers, or something that should be kept private. I consulted friends. I reeled in shock. In the end, I did not know what to say about anything- about my writing, my world, my career- unless I can share this with you. Saying nothing seemed callous and unfeeling.
You do not know it, but you too have suffered a loss.
If you haven't already, you should read through the "Publishing" post in the On Writing section of this site- particularly the third part, which details the actions of one man, who made it possible for me to share my world with you. Without him, you and I would never have met. Whatever inspiration and insight you may have taken from my work- entertainment, if nothing else- never would have occurred. This is why you deserve to know.
Tom Hart, my agent of fourteen years, the man who took a chance on a shy thirteen-year-old girl and enabled the Den of Shadows, Keisha'ra and Maeve'ra series, has passed away. Nyeusigrube is a colder and darker place without him.