I learned tonight that the YA world lost a fantastic author. L.K. Madigan passed away Wednesday.
I read Flash Burnout last year and it was one of my favorite reads of the year. Blake instantly became a new book crush! I read it because it was nominated for our state book award reading list for high school and I'm glad to say it made the list! I can't wait for teens to start reading off the 2011-2012 Gateway list and for them to discover the fantastic story that Lisa wrote.
When I heard the news, I felt a deep loss. Even though I never met Lisa in person, I knew her online. That's the beauty of blogging-it connects readers and authors and booklovers and creates a huge community. When I posted my review of Flash Burnout, Lisa excitedly tweeted about my review and how a librarian had a book crush on Blake! Needless to say, I was thrilled that she noticed and was tickled about how excited she was that a librarian loved her book.
I read Lisa's blog and felt like I got to know her. She wrote the most hilarious Tim Gunn posts that would always make me smile.
If you haven't read Lisa's books, do yourself a favor and do so now. The YA world will greatly miss this talented and incredibly wonderful author. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Lisa-thank you for your gift to YA. Thank you for being an amazing author and an amazing person who took time to connect with readers, librarians, bloggers and booklovers. You are loved and will be greatly missed.