Francis Ray Passes: A Sad Day for Romance

Barbara Vey -- July 8th, 2013


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.

Reader with Francis Ray book

Reader with Francis Ray book

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.”

Francis Ray

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

23 thoughts on “Francis Ray Passes: A Sad Day for Romance

  1. Sheila

    I was so shocked when I heard the news. So very saddened by it. Francis Ray was an inspiration to so many on so many levels.

  2. Nicole Stevenson

    It had saddened me to hear the passing of another talent, so much that I requested from fellow Authors Zane, Betty Stephen, Fredrick Cooper, Pam Osbey, Rhonda Lawson if I could tag them in the drawing I did of Prayer hands. I wanted her family to know that our literary community respected and admired Francis Ray. Francis and I met via net and I had the chance to interview her. Her work as an Author, who has honed in on her craft is to be respected. When you can hold the attention of a reader, you’ve done your job. She had thousands of fans. I want to thank you, Francis Ray for taking time out, to talk to me. You’ll be missed. Author of” Broken Promises” and upcoming book” Beyond The Pulpit” Nicole M. Stevenson and Founder of Profile Magazine

  3. #1 basketball mom

    Truely sadden by the passing of Francis Ray I the chance to speak with Francis she was going to visit Little Rock Arkansas and i suggested hotels in the area for her very down to earthand easy to talj with i enjoyed all of her books. Praying that her family finds peace during this sad time.

  4. Beverly

    This is sad news. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet this very gracious lady. Her books have provided me with many hours of reading pleasure. Her legacy will lives on.

  5. 'cilla

    Though we could never work out the details for her to visit Baltimore for a book signing, I enjoyed talking and chatting with Ms. Ray on the phone or through email. When I finally met her in Little Rock during the RSJ, it was truely amazing. Her daughter Michelle is just as beautiful as her mom. Sending Prayers of comfort to her family and fans

  6. juanita ervin

    It saddens me to hear that my favorite reader had passed. My prayer goes out to her family.God bless and keep them

  7. Lareeta

    Francis was one of my favorite authors and a friend to me. She never hesitated to visit our bookclub and always made it a point to share a hug at Slam Jam. She and her books will be missed.

  8. Tram Nguyen

    It was such a shock to hear about her passing. I love her books and suggest her stories to many of my friends. I wasn’t fortunate enough to be able to meet her but her memory will live on through her amazing stories.

  9. Mary Johnson

    My thoughts and prayers are with Francis’s family. I am sorry for the loss of such a good friend Sherri! Hugs!

  10. samantha jensen

    So sad to hear we have lost another beloved storyteller. RIP. Prayers to her family and friends while their hearts are hurting.

  11. Melinda Perry

    I will miss reading Ms. Ray’s books. I did not have the chance to meet her personally… But she shared herself through her books. She was a true talent!! My condolences to her family.

  12. Mitzi Dunn

    She was one of my favorite authors and a very gifted story teller. I will miss her kind spirit! I was saddened by the news. May God comfort her family and close friends.

  13. Sylvia Rodriguez

    I was sadden to hear of Frances Ray’s passing. I have read all 50 of her books and have kept them in order to read again and again, she was just a great writer. I will miss her and all she could have continued to contribute to the writing of Romance.

  14. Lisa

    I still can’t believe she’s gone, I have loved her books for years and I have collected just about all of them, I send blessings and prayers out to her family. She will be greatly missed and the romance world have truly lost an awesome writer.

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