I just found out Lucy Hampson passed away on April 15th. She was the Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI-NM from 2007-2009. She organized and ran a wonderful regional conference, Handsprings, for children’s writers here in NM.
She was a witty caring person, and fine writer. After retirement from teaching, she pursued writing for publication. Not long ago she sold an article to Highlights for Children. She was on her way as a writer.
Cancer killed her before she achieved her dream of selling a picture book manuscript to a NYC publisher. But I know she was close, because she told me she’d been getting personalized rejection letters from editors.
She just ran out of time.
If anyone out there has a dream to pursue writing for publication, DON’T wait until retirement. Start right now. It can take 5-10 years to gather up speed and begin selling on a regular basis.
I wish life were fair. Lucy just needed another year or two to reach her goal.
UPDATE: Lucy’s memorial service will be at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Albuquerque on Sunday, May 30 at 1:30PM.
UPDATE2: Lucy is an amazing person who made a tremendous impact on the lives of many, especially children and writers. I heard so many wonderful stories about her at the memorial service.