Usually I post about my 4 Hour Body diet on Fridays. But yesterday my romance writing community, in particular my Heart of Dixie romance writing chapter, lost a beloved writer, Beverly Barton. And I can't write about how many inches I've lost or about my diet week because these things are trivial in light of this loss.
I've only known Beverly for 3 years, but every time I saw her she was kind, gracious, and fun. She always had a smile on her face. She made me laugh about ordinary things like "who the heck designed the bathroom at our meeting site?" She was real. Accessible.
Beverly was a generous author who mentored and encouraged all of us to pursue our dreams. Many people in my chapter knew Beverly far better than me. Several have become published authors themselves and credit her as being a significant influence in their lives. They are hurting and sad. My heart aches for them.
Beverly was more than a prolific romantic suspense author. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who will be missed in ways that cannot be measured. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and close friends.
Today I remember a good person. A generous spirit. A gracious soul. Rest in Peace, Beverly.