I was devastated to hear of Kate's passing. She was the first person in the industry to give me real encouragement and I'm not sure I would be published without her. Her exact words at reading the synopsis to my first book was, "Damn girl, you can plot." She loved romance novels as much as she loved being an editor, which is why she was such a brilliant one. She will be sorely missed both by me and by the whole romance writing community. Goodbye Kate, I hope you're somewhere with all the character's you loved so much.