It’s been an challenging month so far, filled with the highs of catching up with great friends at two romance writing conferences and, sadly, the low of losing one of those friends, author Sandra Hyatt, to a brain hemmorhage during the Romance Writers of New Zealand conference. I’m blogging about these highs and lows on eHarlequin. Please, feel free to join the discussion there and post your comments and memories of this very special woman, or if you want to share your thoughts about Sandra here, you are most welcome.
This is the official announcement, from Romance Writers of New Zealand, regarding Sandra’s sudden death:
Sandra Hyatt (Hyde), 1965-2011
It is with deep sadness that I announce that longtime RWNZ member, Sandra Hyde (published as Sandra Hyatt), died in hospital yesterday – Sunday August 21 – after being taken suddenly ill while attending RWNZ’s conference in Auckland.
Those of you who saw her at the conference cocktail party on Friday night, her usual bubbly self, will find this news hard to believe. However, as we understand it, Sandra had an undetected cerebral arteriovenous malformation (AVM), which would have been present since birth. This weekend, the AVM caused a bleed in her brain. Its location and severity made it inoperable.
As an organisation, we mourn the loss of an RWNZ member renowned for her warmth and generosity, and of a talented writer. As individuals, we mourn the loss of the best kind of friend. Even more, our hearts go out to Sandra’s husband Scott Hyde, and their teenagers Sarah and Matthew.
Sandra’s funeral will be held this Thursday August 25, at 1pm, at Clevedon Presbyterian Church, 3 Papakura-Clevedon Road (at the roundabout in the middle of Clevedon).
Cards and messages of condolence can be sent to Scott and the kids at:
191 McNicol Road
RWNZ would like to put together an album of photos of Sandra for her family – this may be an electronic album, given that many of us will have photos taken on digital cameras and cell phones at resolutions too low for decent printing. If you have any photos, or any questions, please email them to abby at abbygaines dot com (please substitute @ and .)
If you have any photos taken on the weekend, those might of use for Sandra’s funeral. We would love to receive them as soon as possible – again, please email to abby at abbygaines dot com (please substitute @ and .)
Thank you and kind regards
President, RWNZ Inc.