Farewell to Elizabeth Banning

ebanningMy dear friend and writing colleague Elizabeth Banning died last week. She was a member of my writing group, and on the verge of publishing a fabulous historical fantasy novel about three matryed saints. Elizabeth had a two-year battle with cancer. During this time, she wrote profilically, had all of her stories published, completed one novel, and started another. She was also a brilliant editor who helped me and other writers sharpen their stories for submission to literary journals and agents. She never felt sorry for herself.  She just kept writing and living fully; through the treatments, the peaks and valleys of remission and recurrence. She was a remarkable woman and an exceptional writer.  A true professional.

Anytime I bitch about not wanting to write, revise or send a story out, I think of Elizabeth. She was tenacious, humble and exuded more grace than any other person I know.  I’ll miss her terribly.

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