UPDATE: On August 20th 2014, at 11:20pm, P.G. Holyfield — author of Murder at Avedon Hill — lost his very short battle with cancer. Rest in peace, Patrick. http://www.gofundme.com/pgfund -----
A couple days ago we were told our friend, author and podcaster, P.G. Holyfield was fighting an extremely aggressive form of cancer. As in, please hurry up and send him your messages, time may be terribly limited to do so. It happened incredibly fast, from him not feeling well in July, to, well, this.
I write this as we are visiting the UK for the second time. The first time my mother was fighting cancer, and unbeknownst to us, only had a couple more months. I only mention this because memory is so tied to place. Where were you when... This is such a terrible disease that needs a cure. Scratch that, all terrible diseases need cures.
Patrick is a wonderful author, and if you haven't read his novel, "Murder at Avedon Hill" (also available as an audiobook) I highly recommend this brilliant fantasy mystery that truly and delightfully surprised me at the end. It has, and will remain, in a place of honor on my bookshelf. Thank you, Patrick, for such a great story. I know I've told you before, but it deserves repeating.
I'm honored that Patrick had chosen me to illustrate so many of his creative endeavors, and to call him a friend. Thank you, Patrick. I'm glad I was able to work with you. It's always pleasure, even with the color thing. :)
If you'd like to help out Patrick's family with the inevitable piles of hospital bills for Patrick to be as comfortable as possible for the time he has, and to help out his three girls, a fund is available here: http://www.gofundme.com/pgfund