Longtime SCBWI member Kathleen Duey died June 26 at her home in Colorado following a long illness. She was 69.
She began penning stories in the fourth grade, proudly announcing to all who would listen that she was going to be an author. In fact, her prediction did come true though it wasn’t to be for another 35 years till Camelot/Avon published her first books, Double Yuck Magic and Mr. Stumpguss Is a Third Grader. Almost 80 more books were to follow. They included a number of middle grade series such as Hoofbeats series (Penguin), The Unicorn’s Secret series, and Faeries Promise series (both Simon and Schuster). Her Young Adult novel Skin Hunger was a National Honor Book Award finalist.
Funny, brilliant, and as vibrant as her striking red hair she never hesitated to volunteer in her region, counsel a friend through a rough patch, or cheer on an associate’s success. As a speaker, workshop leader, and mentor, she was a fixture at many SCBWI events. Her passing is a tragic loss to family, friends, the SCBWI, and countless readers of her books. She will be terribly missed.