Bertrice Small passed away on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. She leaves behind her son Thomas, and four grandchildren.
Most romance readers are familiar with Bertrice's large volume of fiction. You can visit our page on Historical Romance Writers to browse all her book titles. (http://historicalromancewriters.com/Authorinfo.cfm?authorID=27)
Her careers stood the test of time, and she continued to publish books and communicate with her readers.
Personally I had some interaction with Bertrice through the years. She was always humble, always kind, and always wanting to promote and do interesting things for her book. I did not know her well, but I do know after my many years interacting with authors that she was a genuine and kind person. I would often misspell her name in emails, and she would politely remind me it was spelled "Bertrice". :-)
How wonderful is it that she has left such a large book legacy for her readers?
I leave you with the last letter to her readers (from her website http://www.bertricesmall.com/newsletter.shtml)
My dear Readers and Friends:
Well we've made it to the twelfth month of the year. Hoo Ray for all of us. I hope it has been a good year for you. It's been an interesting year for me, but in the end I cannot really complain because I'm still here. LOL! And on the 9th of this month I'll add another year to my total. Can't believe it. I remember when I was younger, and knew someone who was the age I am now I thought they were soooo old. Funny, I don't feel old, and I expect neither did those long ago people. I realize now that while we may add years to our lives, old is a state of mind. I don't expect I'll ever get to that particular place, and I hope none of you will either.
Dyalisis three times a week is taking a toll on my work. I keep promising to get that laptop, but so far I haven't done it. I know I must or you will never get to read Serena's story which actually is almost done. And it's such a good story. Like her sisters, Serena is not an easy girl, but of course she will have her happily ever after. I promise!
The family is well I am happy to report. Cora will be a contestant in the Miss Junior U.S.A. New York pageant. While she says it would be fun to win - and Grammi thinks she would be a great representative for New York - her main interest is in the scholarship money the pageant offers. As a high school junior she is now considering what is to come. Her talent is voice. Her singing is excellent, and that just isn't a proud grandmother's opinion. The pageant is in January, and I'll be reporting the results in my February newsletter. Tom, of course, will be escorting her to the pageant. All those pageant mothers will be quite an eye- opener to him. LOL! I imagine he'll come back with some fun stories. He's a wonderful observer of the human condition. Chandler should be entering the local community college after the new year. He's been taking time off to decide what he wants to do. Miss Sophia is half-way through 6th grade, and next year will be in the Southold school. Little Evan is in 3rd grade in Southold, and all is as it should be.
Thanksgiving was lovely with a traditional dinner at my house. I am planning to move in with Tom on the advice of everyone. I've been avoiding it, but it is what it is to use that current expression. My wonderful assistant, Aneta, will live in my little cottage while she seeks a place of her own, and I wait for a buyer. Well, my dears, I will close now as there is really nothing more to say other than I wish you the happiest of holidays - Christmas, Hannakah, Quanza, whatever you celebrate. And may the new year bring us all much good health and happiness. God bless to you all from your most faithful author,
May God Bless you Bertrice Small. We thank you for all that you have left us.