Donna Kauffman, who was known for her uplifting romance novels, has recently passed away. According to a statement from her publisher, Kensington Books, Kauffman died on April 9 of pancreatic cancer.
"Donna had a special gift for telling tender, uplifting stories while offering a uniquely insightful glimpse at the human condition," Kauffman's book editor, Alicia Condon, said in the statement. "She made a world where every character was important and where love always wins the day."
Kauffman had written more than 70 books and was published in 26 countries. Her most recent work, Under a Firefly Moon, was published on January 28.
Kauffman had also recently worked on a book box set with fellow romance author Sonali Dev, whose newest novel A Recipe for Persuasion releases on May 26.
"Her last message to us was one of hope about how much better she was feeling. I was not prepared for this at all," said Dev. "She was the most upbeat, relentless, tireless cheerleader of our little group, with nothing but words of wisdom, support, and sometimes plain blind faith in us no matter how defeated we felt by this business and our private lives."
Dev also wrote about the loss on Twitter, joining many of Kauffman's loved ones and fans in expressing their grief.
I'm heartbroken over the loss of my friend and writing sister, Donna Kauffman. Possibly the most upbeat and optimistic person I've met in this business. You will be missed more than words can say, Donna, thank you for all you left us with.https://t.co/0YPgAneSPq— So-cially-distancing Dev (@Sonali_Dev) April 16, 2020
[via USA Today]
Featured photo via Donna Kauffman / Facebook