Yesterday we received word that one of our Samhain editors and authors had passed away after suffering a heart attack several days earlier. Teri Smith was only 2 weeks away from the release of her very first book, written with her dear friend and writing partner, Jean Marie Ward. It saddens me that she’ll never get to experience the joy of her first release and later holding the print book in her hands. I cannot imagine the loss her loved ones are feeling.

Teri will be missed by not just her friends and family, but also by those who worked with her, Samhain editors and authors alike.

While we keep Teri’s family and friends in our thoughts and prayers, I’m declaring today appreciate your editor day–go forth and say thanks to your various editors because you might not have the chance later.

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