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Hoping to help a friend in need

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A writer friend of mine, someone I've written books with, has hit hard times and could use a little help. Times are hard everywhere, I understand, but I know there are a lot of readers among us, so I thought I'd mention this here. I know not all of you use facebook, but you can see a post I left about this on my page here: https://www.facebook.com/kathleen.omalley.1460

Here's what I wrote on facebook:

I've known Jeanne Kalogridis since Ann Crispin introduced her to me some time in the '80's. Jeanne has written over 30 novels, some under her pseudo, J. M. Dillard, and others under Kalogridis. Jeanne's written numerous historical, science, and horror novels, including her vampire series, The Diaries of the Family Dracul, and historical intrigue novels such as I, Mona Lisa, The Borgia Bride, and others. I co-authored two books with her, and loved every minute of it. While in California for Surcon, I had a lovely lunch with Jeanne. She was excited about selling a new book and felt that after getting through a particularly rough stretch, she was finally seeing the light at the end of a long tunnel.

You would think with a backlog of work like this, a writer would be pretty comfortable. But successful and prolific writers like Jeanne often struggle financially, especially when they are in-between books. Add an unexpected illness, a family tragedy, and the financial crash of 2008, and suddenly you aren't struggling, you're actually drowning. Jeanne, currently working on a new book due soon, cannot expect an income until it is delivered, sometime this summer. I know Jeanne; she lives a frugal, uncluttered life in a rented apartment with her dog, Django, a young Lab. And right now she needs a hand to get her through the upcoming months until her book is done. (She is actively looking for work as well.) I know money is tight everywhere, but if you've ever read one of Jeanne's books and enjoyed it, consider sending a small donation to her site on Indiegogo: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-a-published-author-finish-her-book. Every penny will be going to help Jeanne with basic living expenses: shelter, medication, food.
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