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Regency Writer and RWA member, Carol Quinto died on March 26,1998 after a long and brave battle with cancer. Carol's husband, Michael, died in January 1998, also of cancer. Carol was the author of 16 Regency Romances for Zebra, Harlequin, and Fawcett under her own name and her pen names, Jeanne Carmichael and Carol Michaels. Carol's most recent book was the novella "The Virtues of Patience" in the Zebra anthology For Mother with Love, one of her most charming and heart-warming contributions to the genre.
After recovering from her first bout with cancer in 1993, Carol founded the Volusia County Romance Writers. Under her leadership as our first president, she conceived of the Laurel Wreath Award for published authors, one of the few contests which includes a category dedicated exclusively to Regencies.
Carol loved writers and writing. Over the years, she served as mentor to many authors, inspiring them through her classes, her critiques, and her always supportive and optimistic friendship. She was a champion of the Regency genre. Even at her most ill she was always eager to hear news of a fellow writer's signing a new contract or making the best-seller list. She was as thrilled as if the successes were her own and, as anyone who knew Carol realizes, she always put others before herself.
Carol was a devoted wife, loving daughter and sister, loyal and supportive friend. She died at home in the gentle care of family and friends. Those of us who knew and loved Carol will remember her for her charming and prize-winning Regencies, filled with lively humor and delightful romance. But, even more, we will cherish the clear, glowing light of her spirit, never stronger than when she faced this last difficult part of her life. During the years that Carol and Mike suffered from cancer, they never let the disease conquer them. They faced each day with optimism and hope. They never gave into despair, but filled each moment with joy and anticipation. They taught us how to be better, finer people. Good-bye, Carol, our dear friend. We'll miss you.
Memorial for a Friend - Ruth Owen
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