Now that it has been officially announced, my friend, John (J.A.) Pitts, passed away yesterday.
I am heartbroken.
Some of you may have known him for his Urban Fantasy series, some from conventions and workshops, but I first met him through a mutual friend. John has been a light in my life and so many others’ lives as well. He was kind, compassionate, and always lifted others up.
I’d written many things here (spent hours actually), all the ways in which John’s friendship helped me and changed my life for the better, but I’ve deleted it all. Because that is mine. John made a difference. He helped me when I was lost on more than one occasion. He taught me what being assertive meant, a lesson I’m forever grateful for. But that’s all I can share. The rest is too precious to me.
John, you were someone I trusted. And you know how hard that is for me. Thank you for being in my life. I will miss you, friend.