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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Goth-Rom honours Dawn Thompson

The Gothic Romance Writers RWA online chapter's board has approved a change in the name of our Chapter writing contest.

We hope to ensure that the wonderful memory of Dawn Thompson, her boundless enthusiasm for romance, her friendship to so many of us, and her years of inspiration are not forgotten. Therefore, the Haunted Hearts contest will now be known as:

The Dawn Thompson Memorial Haunted Hearts Contest

Lise Horton
Gothic Romance Writers

Dawn was the first winner of the Haunted Hearts grand prize in 2004 and shesaid this about it:"As a former winner of the Haunted Heart for my Historical Paranormal, THE RAVENCLIFF BRIDE in 2004, I cannot recommend this contest highly enough. Itis run by professional, responsible authors committed to excellence in theart of writing Gothic Romance. This prestigious win encouraged me topersist until I sold in 2005. Several authors went on to sell after winning and finalling in the Haunted Heart. It's magical!"

Dawn was an active member of Gothic Romance Writers up until she went intothe hospital for the last time. We remember her as a gracious lady, very supportive of her fellow authors.We won't forget her.


Cheryl Wyatt said...

I'd heard Dawn was in and out of the hospital when someone posted a plea (thanks, Billi!) for prayer on her behalf on RWA's Faith, Hope and Love loop.

Didn't realize until today that she passed away a few days ago.

My condolences to Dawn's family, friends and chapter mates.

She was a PHENOMENAL author and her books and voice will be sadly missed within the writing community.

Cheryl Wyatt

Susan Macatee said...

I'll never forget Dawn. She was a great help to me. So encouraging and gracious.

I was shocked and saddened to hear of her death. I love her books and have a copy of THE BROTHERHOOD on top of my to-be-read pile.