Beverly Barton

Barbara Vey -- April 25th, 2011
Beverly Barton

Beverly Barton

I apologize for the lateness of this article.  The PW website was down last week when Beverly Barton passed away, but I didn’t want that event to come in the way of paying tribute to a woman I thought so highly of.

I first met Beverly Barton when I took the Author’s At Sea Cruise in 2006.  She was absolutely delightful and so southern that it tickled the heck out of the Yankee in me.  Beverly brought along her husband but I often found her in the company of Sharon Sala.

I was strictly a reader on the cruise and they were so gracious.  We would sit on deck and they would tell me the most marvelous stories.  I was in awe that two such famous authors would take the time to talk to a lowly reader like me (I’ve since learned how much most authors appreciate their readers).

Beverly Barton, Linda Winstead Jones, Linda Howard

Beverly Barton, Linda Winstead Jones, Linda Howard

After I started the blog, Beverly was a great supporter.  I looked forward to going to conferences and seeing her with her close buddies Linda Howard and Linda Winstead Jones.  It seemed I was always snapping their picture as they returned from a shopping trip.     Beverly, Linda and Linda were known as the Mavens and were often in the role of mentors to the authors of The Writing Playground.

I’ve been a big fan of Beverly’s for many years and I counted 75 books on her website.  Incredible.  There’s even a new one coming out tomorrow.  She was beautiful inside and out and loved by many.

The Maven with the Writing Playground

The Mavens with the Writing Playground

Friday I’ll be in Alabama for the Heart of Dixie Luncheon and when I contacted the group, Kimberly Lang said, “Heart of Dixie has a huge hole in it now.  She was a vibrant and vital part of us, and she’s helped so many find their way in this crazy business.  Beverly mentored everyone in one way or another (she nagged me until I finished my first book and submitted it), and we all loved her.  She had a big spirit and a big heart and we’re going to miss her greatly.”
Harlequin has put up an In Memoriam page for people to leave messages.

Bottom Line: What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. – Helen Keller

Today I am guest blogging at Danger: Women Writing (Lisa Renee Jones, Cynthia Eden, Caridad Pineiro, Donna Grant and Jennifer HaymoreDawn Halliday).  They’ve pulled out all the stops to welcome me and are offering autographed books and gifts to commenters.  Hope you have time to stop by.

114 thoughts on “Beverly Barton

  1. Laura Wisniewski AKA Loves 2 Read Romance

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories. I don’t know if I have ever read one of Beverly’s books but I know she will be missed!

  2. Christine

    Thank you so much for your wonderful and loving tribute to a grand woman in my local writing chapter. The Heart of Dixie will miss Beverly. She was always kind, gracious, fun, and generous.

  3. Trish Milburn

    Lovely tribute, Barbara. And everything you said was so true. Beverly was one of the most full-of-life people you’d ever want to meet. My heart goes out to those who were close to her.

  4. Vicki Lewis Thompson

    What a wonderful tribute, Barbara. I’ll be at the Heart of Dixie Readers Luncheon, and I’ll look for you to give you a hug and thank you in person. Beverly was important to so many writers and readers, me included.

  5. Mz Betty

    I was crushed when I got the news last week, but no one could tell me what happened. Was it a heart attack.

    She will be missed by so many avid readers, like me, who have followed her since day one. Thank you for the lovely tribute Barbara.

  6. Chelsea Rafferty

    I have never read her books or actually heard of her but I think your tribute to her was beautiful. I like how you include how she loved her readers and how she was a mentor for many, I always think that people who take the time for that are incredibly generous and loving authors and I’ll have to check some of her books out to see if I can find some new favorites too.

  7. Debby Giusti

    I’ve been so sad since hearing of her passing. Beverly was a lovely lady and always so warm and welcoming to me. I’ll miss her! Can’t imagine the HOD luncheon without her. I know we’ll feel her spirit with us this Sat!

  8. Rosemary Potter

    I first met Beverly in 2002 when I took my first road trip to the US. She very kindly met me in town and after lunch we toured the town, we both took great delight in visiting the home of Helen Keller.
    We kept in touch and in 2008 she introduced me to Linda Howard in the bathrooms at the RWA conference, something we laughed about every time we caught up.
    A lovely Southern lady who will be greatly missed. RIP

  9. Denise McDonald

    Ms. Barton will be missed by her many fans and friends. I remember starting out reading her books. She was always one of the first authors I would look for every month. She was such an awesome lady!

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    Hi i am jeckee from Singapore, i had just started reading Beverly’s books and very shock that she had passed away. She had a series of interesting books for me to follow through and even need to reserve with the library to get those. We had lost a great aurthor

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