The romance world lost a shining star on Wednesday with the passing of Francis Ray. Francis was the author of over 50 books. Besides romance, Francis also wrote mainstream and Christian fiction. Her family sagas were loved by her many fans.
Francis Ray’s books have hit the bestseller lists on the New York Times, USA Today and Essence Magazine. Her awards include Romantic Times Career Achievement, EMMA, The Golden Pen, The Atlantic Choice, and Borders 2008 Romance Award for Bestselling Multicultural Romance. In May 2001, she established The Turning Point Legal Fund to assist women of domestic violence to help restructure their lives. Her novel Incognito holds the distinction of being the first BET made for tv movie. This year alone will see five books released by her.
I’m always on the lookout for what readers are reading and many times I ask if I can take their picture and send it to the author. Here’s a reader I caught entranced by Francis Ray’s book.
Sheila Clover English, Circle of Seven Productions remembered Francis, “I love Francis. We met in 2007 and started working together. She impressed me on every level. She was pure talent, but she was so much more than that. Her beautiful heart, kindness and caring struck me as being so sincere I became a fan of the woman before I became a fan of the author.”
Her editor at St. Martin’s Press, Monique Patterson said, “I’ve had the extreme pleasure of working with Francis Ray for thirteen years. Francis was passionate, loving, feisty, funny, serious about her craft and about the people in her life. She touched them with her presence and with the stories she shared with all of us—and those stories were emotional and powerful. I think it’s safe to say that Francis paved the way for a lot of writers, especially in romance. She will be deeply, deeply missed by all of us.”
Francis Ray’s friend, Ella D. Curry, owner EDC Creations Media Group, “Over the years I had come to love this gentle spirit. She was sooo funny, approachable, intelligent, patient and always compassionate! ”
Her family has asked that all communications are done through Francis Ray’s Facebook page where over 700 comments have already been left. The service information is posted there.
Bottom Line: “I write novels about ordinary women who face seemingly insurmountable odds, but through courage and determination find their heart’s desire.” ~ Francis Ray