“Wednesday morning at 7:00, with a view of snow flakes falling into the garden, and soft piano music playing, I bid farewell to my love. My best friend.” ~Neil Wolfson (Husband of Lisa Kay Wolfson aka LK Madigan)It has been a week since the world lost a beloved wife, mother, and YA author, LK Madigan. My heart ached when I heard the news of her death. I didn’t know her personally, but hearing that the world lost another talented writer really hit home.
I first discovered LK when researching agents to query. While choosing which agent to query from the Andrea Brown Agency, I saw that Jennifer Laughran had a client who was about to release The Mermaid’s Mirror. I smiled, and felt an invisible and immediate connection to LK. Maybe it was a kindred mermaid souls thing, or maybe it was just how sweet and genuine LK seemed on her website and blog, but I was an instant fan.
Another kindred mermaid soul and beautiful writer, Tricia O’Brien, first told me about LK’s gut-wrenching diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. My heart hurt for her back then, and I cried when Tricia said she had passed away. Life is so unfair sometimes.
As a writer, I can’t help but think how many stories she will never be able to share with the world because her time ended too soon. Then I read this on her website, and tears rolled down my cheeks all over again:
“FLASH BURNOUT was published in October 2009. My second young adult novel, a fantasy titled THE MERMAID’S MIRROR, just came out this fall. I hope to write and publish many more books in the future … I have more story ideas than time to write them all."Not enough time indeed. It’s so tragically unfair.
So many lives are lost much too soon because of many types of cancer. I pray--as do many--that one day a cure for this devastating disease will be discovered.In the meantime, don’t take life for granted.
Tell the people you love how much they mean to you, because you don’t know how much time you have left with them. And follow your dreams diligently, because you don’t know how much time you have left to make them come true.
Here’s to LK: to her talent, her beauty, her bravery, her successes, and her loved ones. May she be blissfully exploring a place so beautiful that no writer could ever adequately describe it with mortal words.
~In Loving Memory~
You can read Neil’s recent message to readers of LK’s blog here:
You can read how brave and strong LK (Lisa) was in this post: