Jaye Wells

Celebrating Jennifer Rardin

So yesterday I reported some good news, but tonight I have some sad news to share. Probably by now many of you have already heard that Jennifer Rardin passed away on September 20. If you hadn’t heard, I’m sorry to be the one to share such bad tidings.

I never met Jennifer in person. But I read her books. And when I was newly contracted by Orbit, I contacted her since we shared an editor. Let me tell you, as a very new author I was pretty nervous about making such a bold move. She was, after all, a real author, while I was just a pretender to the title. To my relief and amazement, she was welcoming and warm. Totally down to earth. Later, I invited her to join the League of Reluctant Adults. Eventually she had to bow out of the group because of she needed to focus on her work. I was sad to see her go but respected the hell out of her for having her priorities straight. She was friendly, generous with advice and just plain cool.

It surprised me, though, that news of her death affected me so deeply. I’ve literally spent the last several hours crying. I took long, angry run. I drank some wine, hugged my family, emailed with friends and colleagues. Now that the sadness has settled into a general funk, I’ve been thinking about connections.

We live in a strange, new world. Five years ago I was submitting paper querys via snail mail (don’t forge the SASE!). I was unpublished and knew next to no one in the business. I blogged and emailed, but I had no idea how important the connections I’ve made online would become in my life. Today, I have hundreds of friends and acquaintances I’ve never met in person. Many of these people I consider real friends. People I correspond with regularly. People I trust. People who get what this crazy writing life is like or people who just love the same things I love. These people are my tribe.

So I guess it’s not a surprise, really, to feel the loss of a member of that tribe so keenly. An author who touched my life through her books. A colleague who selflessly offered advice to a newbie. A human who died too soon.

Jennifer Rardin will not be forgotten. If you’ve never read her books, do yourself a favor. Not because she died. But because she lived and lived well. Rest in peace, friend.

22 Thoughts on “Celebrating Jennifer Rardin

  1. I’ve been a fan of Jennifer Rardin’s work for over 2 years, as well as a regular visitor to her website/blog. Ms Rardin was good people and will be greatly missed.
    UF has lost an amazing author

  2. What you said.

    A sad and rough time for us all.

    Many hugs,
    Maria

  3. I went to her book signing for Bite Marks a few months back and Jennifer was so down to earth. I’m a huge fan so this is absolutely sad news. I understand how you feel Jaye. I’m part of a book club called BBA and we are going to have a Tribute month to Jennifer Rardin in November. We are going to celebrate her new release, life, books and giveaway all seven of her books. A good way for readers to know how wonderful she is. So if anyone would like to know more email me papercutreviewer@gmail.com

    (((Big Hug)))
    Steph

  4. I heard about Jennifer’s passing yesterday…very sad indeed. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.

  5. She will be missed greatly. {{HUGS}} and my prayers for Jennifer’s family, friends and fans.

  6. I’ve been a fan of Jennifer’s for a while now. She was an amazing author. I’m sorry to hear about what happened 🙁 She will be missed greatly.

  7. I’m deeply upset. I’ve been a fan of her books since the start, and have always thought of her work as genius. She was an amazing author, one who won’t be forgotten. She filled the urban fantasy scene with a string of top notch books, and will always be highly thought of. Although I haven’t met her, I wished one day to, but I’m glad I can still meet her through her books. R.I.P Jennifer. You will be missed!

    Tasha

  8. Debbie W. on September 24, 2010 at 5:55 pm said:

    How sad. Although I have her first book, I’m sorry to say I’ve not yet read it. {{HUGS}} to you, Jaye, & to the rest of her family & friends. I think I’ll get her book out of my TBR stack so I can read it once I’ve finished my current item. So sorry it will have moved up the stack due to this loss.

  9. What a shock for me to read about Jennifer’s passing. I wrote her once and never expected a reply. She did and I was overwhelmed by it. She will be greatly missed! I have been a fan of hers since I first got my hands on her first book!
    Rest in peace, JENNIFER RARDIN!

  10. WolfSister on November 2, 2010 at 9:26 pm said:

    I literally found out a few hours ago when I was wondering when her 7th book was coming out. I have been a fan of hers since she started, have read, re-read, and recommended her books to hundreds. I’ve been crying for the past hour, and I do not believe that it was suicide. I never did meet her, but I felt like I knew her through her blog(s). I am deeply saddened and I know I will cry when I read her books. My heart goes out to her family, friends, and loved ones. When I told my friends they hung up, then 20 minutes later phoned back after finding out themselves. We were all fans, and we all wish her family the best. Jenni will NOT be forgotten.

  11. Shawnee Poling on November 3, 2010 at 3:23 pm said:

    Interacted with Jennifer on FB. Loved her witty daily banter. It was a total shock and although I never got the chance to meet her, my heart was greatly saddened. I love all of her works and I know her fans are mourning the great loss of a bright spot in the world.

  12. I knew her well.

  13. I went to her book signing for Bite Marks a few months back and Jennifer was so down to earth. I’m a huge fan so this is absolutely sad news. I understand how you feel Jaye. I’m part of a book club called BBA and we are going to have a Tribute month to Jennifer Rardin in November. We are going to celebrate her new release, life, books and giveaway all seven of her books. A good way for readers to know how wonderful she is. So if anyone would like to know more email me papercutreviewer@gmail.com (((Big Hug))) Steph

  14. I can’t believe it…I live in the UK and LOVED Jennifers books, I am so sad that she has passed away.
    R.I.P Jennifer, you will be missed xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  15. It’s so strange – the next two books I’m reviewing for NetGalley are the last Jaz Parks novel, and Green-eyed Demon by you.

    I’m reading the entire Jaz Parks series again, so I do justice to the last book, but there is a sad undertone because I know that this brilliant author passed away so recently.

  16. BRENDA on June 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm said:

    I can not believe she’s gone. It was a shock.
    Had she been sick?
    A real loss to all of us.

  17. its sad sad 🙁 i didnt find out til last month 🙁 she was a brilliant author and person

  18. Dena Kabbaz on November 15, 2011 at 9:33 pm said:

    i was wondering if anyone was going to take over Jennifer Rardin work? I loved her books on Jaz Parks series.

  19. I was looking her up as my next buy in the UF category and was shocked to hear about this. Sincere sympathies to any and all who knew her.

  20. Cee L. on March 13, 2016 at 12:35 am said:

    Does anyone know how Jennifer Rardin died? I read on one site one person claimed they read a police report that listed it as an “apparent suicide” when she had just been happily blogging the day before and was about to launch a new series, “The Book Club of Death.” Another website claims that several of her close family members were murdered in 2008. Seems a little weird. Does anyone have any info?

  21. Cee L. on March 13, 2016 at 12:48 am said:

    Sorry – that last bit about her family members being murdered was an error – not correct – but I still would like to know how Jennifer Rardin passed at 45. I would want people to be a little curious if I passed that early too.

    • JayeWells on March 14, 2016 at 8:56 am said:

      Cee,

      If details are not readily available, I think it’s safe to assume there is a reason. I don’t know what happened, but I intend to respect Jennifer’s family’s privacy and not add to their loss by speculating or spreading theories. Jennifer was a very talent and kind lady, and she is greatly missed. I hope that whatever happened, she is now at peace.

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