With Great Sadness

Charlotte Lobb

Author Charlotte Lobb, who wrote more than fifty books for Harlequin, passed away on June 2, 2013 after a brief illness. Charlotte most recently wrote seven titles for Love Inspired under the name Charlotte Carter. She also wrote for Harlequin American Romance, Silhouette Romance, Harlequin Duets and Harlequin Love & Laughter as Charlotte Maclay and Charlotte Moore.

 

Over her long career, Charlotte had many editors at Harlequin, and every one that I’ve talked to spoke highly of her. She was a consummate professional and a joy to work with. She knew what made a great book, but always added a little something unique. I could always count on her to deliver an emotional story with a dash of humor. Which isn’t surprising, considering she taught classes on humor in her spare time.

 

In the several years that we worked together, she stood out to me as a warm, generous woman who was always willing to give back to the romance writing community. She was active in her Orange County chapter of Romance Writers of America group and was a mentor to many aspiring authors on the Harlequin message boards, always popping in to encourage new writers and offer advice, even dedicating her books to readers and writers she met online.

 

In her last email to me, Charlotte said she was optimistic about the future and that she had many stories left to tell. I’m sad she didn’t get to tell those stories, but grateful to have been able to share in seven of the ones that she did, two of which (MONTANA WRANGLER and TAIL OF TWO HEARTS) will be published this year.

 

Charlotte is survived by her husband of 51 years, two daughters and five grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all of us who worked with her.

 

Emily Rodmell

Editor, Love Inspired Books

 

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