Carolyn Hougan passed away Sunday, January 25, at University Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
I loved Carolyn like an older sister. In the three years I knew her, I went
from fan to friend.
Carolyn wrote the kind of complicated, intelligent, unputdownable books
that I aspire to write. The Genesis Code is my all-time favorite, and the book that inspired me to begin writing thrillers in the first place.
For the past year, she had been acting as a mentor to me, advising and
nurturing my writing career. Jim tells me she learned of my first novel sale while she was in the hospital, and I'm grateful for that, but I was so looking foward to continuing to share my progress with her, hanging out with her at ThrillerFest again this summer, and just generally leaning on her as she encouraged and cheered. Like an older sister, I thought she'd always be there.
Washington Post obituary.
Carolyn was warm, witty, and wise. She is sorely missed.