Sad News

Kay RogalIt is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of one of our very own Crimson authors. Brenda Longstreth, who wrote as Kay Rogal, was the author of the Crimson Romance novels Sweet Revenge and Full Circle. She was not only a talented writer but a warm and amazing person as well.

Her obituary can be read here.

Kay remembered by Julie Sturgeon, Imprint Manager of Crimson Romance:

I was her editor for Full Circle, and in that role you are always concerned how an author will take it when you have to tell them something isn’t working in their book. Kay was not only not upset, she took it a step farther and said, “Well, if this isn’t working, I know this isn’t, either. ” She completely rewrote that book from scratch and was as positive and happy about that as if we’d told her every word was perfect. She always ended every email with a note wishing me joy or asking about my family. 
Full CircleShe was one of the most nurturing folks I’ve met. 
And from author Juli Page Morgan:
I wasn’t fortunate enough to meet Kay in person, but she was one of the first Crimson authors to welcome me to the fold. My Facebook posts on both my profile and my author page always had a “like” and a “share” from Kay along with words of congratulations, encouragement and support. She was the very definition of a kind, caring, supportive woman, and she will be sorely missed.

We are honored to have Kay as part of the Crimson family, and we would like to express our deepest condolences to her family and friends at this difficult time.

3 thoughts on “Sad News

  1. Deborah O'Neill Cordes

    Kay/Brenda was a wonderful person. She never judged, she never put herself above others, and she always had a kind word to brighten up the day. In addition to Crimson Romance, she and I were members of another writing group, a band of sisters, and it was through that association our friendship grew. May her soul be at peace, may her words live on, and may we all live better lives through her fine example. Farewell, my sweet friend. I will never forget you.

  2. M.J. Schiller

    We were all so sad to hear of Kay’s passing. I can’t add much more to what others have said other than she touched me, too, and the world is a lesser place without her. As a Crimson Sister, as we like to call ourselves, she was so supportive of others, as has been said. She had an extremely optimistic viewpoint, whether talking to you about business or something more personal. When she would share the struggles and successes of her life you really just had to root for her. Even though we have never met in person, I will miss hearing about her life and miss her encouragement in mine. I’m glad that writing brought us together.

  3. Lisa Weseman

    Kay was a great friend to so many of her fellow writers. Even when she was in the trenches with her own life, she was upbeat and encouraging to the rest of us. Thank you for this tribute, Crimson, and for sharing her words with the world. We will miss her.

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