My dear friend CJ Snyder, Jan to her friends, passed from this world night before last and took her bright, shining light with her. She was much too young, only 57. She was an accomplished and brilliant writer with three books published, DEAD TO RIGHT, the much anticipated finale of her Black Fire trilogy, coming soon and so many more in her mind. Her thrilling, romantic suspense novels, WHILE YOU WERE DEAD, DEAD RECKONING and MAVERICK are some of the best books you’ll ever read. Her covers and the buy links follow. I hope you’ll take advantage and read her legacy.

I’m going to miss my friend and critique partner. I already do. I miss her smile and laugh. Her quick wit and thoughtful comments. The void she has left in our lives is huge and cannot be filled. She bravely fought and won the battle against breast cancer all the while, unknown to anyone, pancreatic cancer was growing inside. The only blessing in this is that she did not linger and now she will join her beloved husband Hal, who preceded her in death.

Jan leaves behind four children and nine grandchildren, her mother, sister, two brothers and many grateful friends. We will all miss her dearly.


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19 thoughts on “IN MEMORY OF CJ SNYDER

  1. So sorry to hear about CJ. 🙁 A great loss. She was a fantastic author. Thank you for the great post, Cindy. My thoughts and prayers are with CJ’s children, family and friends.

  2. I didn’t get to see Jan very much, and I didn’t get to be in her critique group, but I thought she was a special person. When she laughed, everything was better. Bob and I are very sad she couldn’t be with us all a lot longer. Our love goes to her family, especially Jessie and Christopher.

  3. Oh wow, I’m stunned and saddened to hear this. i first discovered CJ’s books last year and loved them. So young! My prayers go out to you, and to her family and friends.

  4. I am very saddened to hear of Jan’s passing. What a wonderful tribute to her. My deepest sympathies to you as her friend, and to the wonderful family she leaves behind. She was a wonderful writer. She will be missed.

  5. Cindy,
    I’m just so saddened by this news. Jan was so sweet and I enjoyed being around her. She was a supportive and gracious lady.

    This is a lovely tribute, and I know you’ll miss her deeply.

  6. I didn’t know Jan, but she must have been a lovely person with all these tributes to her.
    I’m sorry I missed getting to know her.
    My heart goes out to you and her family. Yes, much too young to leave us.

  7. Cynthia, I am so sorry for your lose, for CJ’s family and friends. This is just heartbreaking. I can’t imagine losing my critique partners, best friends and really they are my sisters. I talk to them almost every day and when I am not talking to them, they are always on my mind. They kept me sane when my mom passed away a few years ago.

    CJ is among the stars now. Definitely gone too soon but what she leaves behind are her brilliant words forever etched in the literary world.

  8. I sure will miss her. I loved her books and she was a good friend to me on Facebook. She we will so loved him Heaven too.

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