February 24th, 2011

A Pocket Full of Murder


Yesterday morning, Lisa (L.K.) Madigan, a fellow member of the Debut 2009 Authors' Group, passed away.

Many moving tributes to Lisa have been written by those who were close to her or who had at least had the chance to meet her in person, such as Sara Zarr and Melodye Shore. I regret to say that I never met Lisa or spoke to her at any great length, but I did get to read both of her books (the realistic teen novel Flash Burnout, winner of the 2010 Morris Award for best YA novel by a debut author, and her very different second book The Mermaid's Mirror, a sweet contemporary fantasy). And I often enjoyed her posts and comments on the Debs, which showed a lively wit and a determined spirit.

Lisa leaves behind a husband and young son. For those who wish to make a contribution in Lisa's memory, she had started a trust for her boy Nate's college fund, which you can donate to by sending a cheque to the following address:

Nathan Wolfson Trust
Becker Capital Management, Inc.
Attn: Sharon Gueck/John Becker
1211 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 2185
Portland, OR 97204

We will miss you, Lisa.