In my first critique group, I met a writer named L.K. (Lisa) Madigan. Right away I knew she had something special to offer and I looked forward to reading her submissions. When she started a separate group and invited me to join, I jumped at the chance. All the writers she asked to join were discerning readers and excellent writers.
Her first book, Flash Burnout, came out in 2009, the same year my first book was published, so we were doubly excited. We’d published, and our critique partner had published, too. For her debut novel Lisa won the William C. Morris YA Debut Award!
Then Lisa announced some terrible news. She had a terminal cancer. Over the following months she posted about her end of life journey and don’t remember ever feeling a loss of friend as keenly as I did the loss of Lisa. In a short time and over some distance we’d become close, and I know it was because we shared so much by discussing our stories. Her contributions to my first two books improved them a lot.
She left another book and that has recently been published as an ebook. I haven’t read this one yet, but if it’s half a good as her first two, it’s worth the read. I look forward to spending more time inside on of her stories.