By Samantha.Burnett On Mar 10 2014, 3:33 pm
With great sadness, the Samhain family has learned that beloved romance author Jane Toombs has passed away. We are proud to have been a part of Jane’s writing legacy, as she has published three books through our Retro Romance® Line, with six books to follow, both as Jane Toombs and under the pen name Fortune Kent.
A Michigan native with more than 70 published books, Jane was a lifelong writer. Her biography at Harlequin.com shares a little of her world:
Jane began writing as a child, encouraged by her father, who was a published non-fiction author. He was a marvelous editor, praising what was good before pointing out the flaws needing correction, giving her confidence in her ability.
He became totally deaf at the age of 35 and, since Jane wasn’t born until he was 40, his deafness also helped her as a budding writer. The only way to communicate with her father was in writing. In order to encourage her—and others—to talk to him, he became adept at asking questions that made people want to take the trouble to scribble on the yellow legal pad he always had at hand.
For example, she remembers him asking her what she’d seen while walking to school. This caused her to take notice of what she did see in order to be able to have something to tell him. So at an early age she learned specific observation, a necessary tool for any writer.
Jane grew up in a small town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on the shore of Lake Superior, one she’s recently returned to after many years away. She has five children by her first husband and collected two stepchildren when she married her second husband. These seven have produced seven grandchildren.
Arrangements are pending with Cane Funeral Home in Ontonagon and an obituary and guest book will be posted at their site. You can also visit her website atwww.janetoombs.com, as the family may have additional announcements there.