Friday, August 20, 2010

Remembering Kathleen Winters

I am deeply saddened to report the news of the passing of a TZC client, Kathleen Winters, author of ANNE MORROW LINDBERGH, and the forthcoming AMELIA EARHART.

A licensed pilot in airplanes and gliders and a former flight instructor, Kathleen was deeply immersed in the subject of women and flight.  Her first work received a starred review from KIRKUS, an honor not often given, as those who in the business know.  Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of Anne and Charles, praised the work and appreciated Kathleen’s efforts to show her mother not just as the wife of a pilot, but a groundbreaking participant in the early days of flight herself.

Kathleen, like so many authors, seemed to have a bit of a love/hate relationship with research, but she brought a pilot’s exacting level of detail to the process, digging out facts about her subjects that were heretofore unknown.

As her agent, I always appreciated Kathleen’s professionalism and ambition, as well as her loyalty and feistiness.  I remember how riled up she would get when we were negotiating with her publisher, yet how practical she was when needed.  I remember her thoughtfulness when my son was born and her inquiries about our forthcoming child.

I will miss Kathleen, and can but take small comfort that she leaves behind a literary legacy of which she and her family can be proud.  Those of us interested in the history of flight and women in flight will be missing out now that Kathleen will not be writing more.

My deepest sympathies go out to Kathleen’s entire family.

Best wishes,

1 comment:

Richard Weil said...

I had the honor to know Kathleen through our glider club, and later she let me read the Earhart book as it evolved from manuscript to finished product. Her delightfully witty, sensitive personality will be missed by many. Fly high, lady.

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