Joan was an incredibly intelligent lady, who could be brusque in manner at times, but still had a heart of gold. She also had an eye for detail, and carried out proof-reading for the Oxford University Press on occasion. Multilingual and well traveled, she used the knowledge she'd gained to help others and stood up for what she felt was important. She supported charities through her volunteer work, and always went that 'extra mile' for those she cared for. She was truly a lady with 'hidden depths'.
I will miss her... and I'm pleased that the last book that Joan worked on, 'Chemical Light', is dedicated to such a special lady. Cancer is a terrible disease, and 63 years is no age at all. Rest In Peace, my friend, and 'Thank You' for enjoying my stories.