Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Aimée Thurlo: R.I.P.

Just learned from Sara Sue Hoklotubbe that Aimee Thurlo has passed away from cancer. My heart and sympathy goes out to David, family, and friends.

From Aimee's editor at Harlequin, Denise Zaza:

Aimée Thurlo was an internationally known bestselling author of mystery and romantic suspense novels. She was the winner of a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews, a New Mexico Book Award in contemporary fiction and a Willa Cather Award in the same category.

Aimée was born in Havana, Cuba, and lived with her husband and writing partner David in Corrales, New Mexico, in a rural neighborhood filled with horses, alpacas, camels and other assorted livestock. David, was raised on the Navajo Indian Nation. His background and cultural knowledge inspired many of the Aimee Thurlo stories for Harlequin Intrigue.

We at Harlequin Books are saddened by the loss of Aimee and collectively we send our deepest condolences to David. Aimee was a genuine and lovely woman who we, along with her many fans, will miss greatly.

Aimee Thurlo's last book for Intrigue will be published in late 2014, The title is EAGLE’S LAST STAND.

David and Aimee Thurlo have, together and separately, written more than seventy novels in a variety of genres. The Thurlos writing career began when Aimee was inspired to write a novel while David was teaching middle school. She sat down with legal pad and pencil, began a romantic intrigue, and soon found David looking over her shoulder whenever class was out. They quickly discovered that they could write with one voice, and their combined efforts resulted in books characterized by the unique stamp that defined their partnership in life and work.

In addition to many romantic suspense novels, the Thurlos have written three different mystery series, each featuring a very different primary investigator. In the Sister Agatha series, mysteries are solved by a nun; the Lee Nez series features a partnership between a Navajo vampire and an FBI agent. Their flagship series of Ella Clah police procedurals is set on the Navajo Reservation; Ella Clah is a Special Investigator for the Navajo Police Department.

The Thurlos have sold over one million Harlequins to date, and their novels have been translated and sold worldwide in more than 18 countries. The Thurlos have received the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, a Willa Cather Award for Contemporary Fiction, and the New Mexico Book Award for Mystery and Suspense. Their Lee Nez vampire series has been optioned by a Hollywood production company.

1 comment:

Joe Barone said...

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