Barbara Seranella and I at the 2002 Left Coast Crime. Back when she was healthy. We both did stand up comedy. The picture does not show the very famous mystery writer to my left. Although we sat at the same table, she acted as if we weren't there at all. Of course Barbara, being Barbara, knew all the gossip about her and the pretty young man who was with her.
God, I miss her.
Barbara wrote a series of mysteries as well as the beginning of a new series that came out after she died. She died in January 2007 after the Hepatitis C that had hung out in her system for years after she had kicked heroin (she had a very colorful past) came back to bite her. She made it through two liver transplants and died waiting for a third. She was incredibly generous and smart and tenacious. Her birthday is (was) April 30.
Lisa Wolfson (LK Madigan) at the book launch for our books, just seven months ago. (She was the author of Flash Burnout and The Mermaid's Mirror.) When this picture was taken, she was in the middle of having tests, but no one thought it was as bad as it was. One of things I miss most about Lisa was how much she read. I could always count on her to talk about books with. Her birthday was yesterday, April 26.
Again, such a loss.