Dear Rachel Caine: A Thank You and Goodbye

 

On the 1st Nov., YA author Roxanne Conrad, aka Rachel Caine, passed away after a long battle with cancer. She was 58.

Dear Rachel Caine,

I first discovered you around 2010 when I saw the first few Morganville books in an offer I couldn’t refuse. From page one, I was hooked, and probably read the first nine books back-to-back. I was a lot younger than Claire at the time, but diving into her world captivated me for hours.

By 2012, I was a huge fan, and had the good fortune to meet you in person during your Black Dawn UK tour. Even now, I admire the tote bag — complete with a dragon drawn by your husband — given to everyone in the huge queue of people you gave up your time to meet. I used that bag every day until the straps fell apart.

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Meeting you was incredible, and you were kind enough to not only sign a copy for myself, but also for my best friend at the time.

Meeting you was incredible, and you were kind enough to not only sign a copy for myself, but also for my best friend at the time. To this day, I’m sure that signed book is the best gift I have ever given.

Soon enough, however, Morganville had to come to an end. To say I was sad to say goodbye to Claire, Shane, Michael, Eve, Myrnin and, yes, even Oliver, was an understatement. They had become a huge part of my life … But I am so grateful for that series. I am grateful for every page, every single word you gifted to your readers. It is a series I will never stop recommending, and one I know will stand as a testament to the richness the vampire genre has to offer.

And yet, luckily for me, you weren’t done with YA. It wasn’t long before Jess Brightwell waltzed into my life with his ink-stained fingers and soul-deep passion for books — and I haven’t been the same since. The Great Library series filled a hole inside me that I hadn’t known existed. It weaves together everything I find fascinating: the Ancient Library of Alexandria, alternate realities, the power of books and, of course, a powerful, flawed, beautiful band of teenagers determined to make things right with the world. And let’s not forget their aloof yet loveable mentor.

Reading The Great Library became an annual tradition, often serendipitously coinciding with a summer holiday which gave me the perfect excuse for sitting by the pool and reading all day. Needless to say, it quickly became a favourite of mine.

Soon enough, I’ll need an entire bookshelf dedicated to your work, and the thought couldn’t make me happier.

I am lucky that, having grown up with two of your YA series, there are so many more of your books for me to discover. Soon enough, I’ll need an entire bookshelf dedicated to your work, and the thought couldn’t make me happier. You will always be a favourite writer of mine.

My life has changed so much since I first picked up Glass Houses. The world itself has changed dramatically. It is with a heavy heart that I say this goodbye to you — that I acknowledge this final change you have created in the world. But your books will remain, and for that, I will always be grateful. We, your readers, will always keep a little piece of you with us — you will live on in us.

You touched so many people with your words. I know that each and every one of them thanks you for all the hard work and determination you threw into every novel. I sit here today, sending all the love I can across the miles to your family and friends that have cared for you and loved you. I hope that your pain has eased, I hope that you have found comfort. Thank you, thank you.

Yours forever,

Eleanor


On the 1st November 2020, Roxanne Conrad, aka Rachel Caine, passed away after a long battle with cancer. She was 58. Her family has issued a statement to fans that can be read here.

Caine was a bestselling author of over 50 books, with millions of copies sold. Best known on Bookstacked for her Great Library series, she also wrote the bestselling Morganville Vampires series.

Aside from her Young Adult works, Rachel Caine also authored the popular Stillhouse Lake series, the fifth installment of which is due for publication in March 2021.

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Eleanor is an English graduate and Medieval Studies student looking to use her skills to help save the planet. She adores reading and knows books will always be at the heart of her life, no matter where her career takes her.

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  • Renee Sawyer • 12 months ago

    I love the Stillhouse Lake series.. so sad to hear of the passing of one of my favorite authors. My heartfelt condolences go out to her family, and thank you Rachel Caine for letting us into your imagination!

  • Rachelle Knapp • 4 months ago

    I could not have written that any better myself! When I read that she had passed away I cried as if I knew her in person for my entire life. I am like you, since the day I picked up glass house I never read a book in the same way. Her writing is amazing and then here comes the Stillhouse Lake series. She did it again! Another amazing series! And the day I got the package in the mail that consisted of an autographed book and bookmark Of the first still house lake installment I was just flabbergasted. Not many Arthur’s would do that. And there’s not many authors that I’ve actually written to let them know just how much I love their work because there is only one Rachelle Caine! And no one Well ever fill her shoes! If you can hear me from heaven I just want to thank you for all the years and countless hours of being in another place and making the hard times in life so much easier by going someplace else in my mind! You will be missed!!!!
    Rachelle Knapp
    Collinsville Illinois