Goodbye to a Friend, and a Message to my Readers

Red RoseOne of the first things I do when I get up in the morning, electronics junkie that I am, is check email and Facebook, my two primary social media links. Today is Dominique Espinosa McCusker’s birthday, Facebook told me, and then when I went to wish her well, I began to see tributes and disbelief that she had died suddenly last night. I feel tearful and sad, because I felt like I had lost a friend.

Dom and I had never met face-to-face, but had corresponded on Facebook for a few years. She had a radio show in New Orleans that I’d had a fun hour talking books and New Orleans with her. She had a warm heart and a big spirit. We shared a love of New Orleans and its culture and books and music.

She was a lot like you guys.

None of us ever know how long we have in this life, so I wanted to stop talking books this morning to say to the regular readers of this blog and of my Facebook pages and my stories: thank you. I consider many of you friends, even good friends, whether or not we’ve ever met in person. I appreciate you and your humor and warmth and willingness to give me time out of your busy lives. You are the ones who make writing books worthwhile.

A light has gone out in the world. Hug someone you love today.

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

24 thoughts on “Goodbye to a Friend, and a Message to my Readers

    • Thank you, Carien! It really hit me this morning that there are so many people I’ve “met” online that I would truly miss. Not “customers” but friends. I feel blessed by that. 🙂

      • I know the feeling. There are people I’ve never met in person, but who I consider friends as well.
        I appreciate all my online friends. It’s so much easier to find kindred souls than it was without the internet

  1. So sorry for the loss. There are quite a few people I am friends with that I have never met face-to-face, but I rejoice in their triumphs and am saddened by their losses. I consider them true friends, even though we have never actually met. You can have those kinds of friends and it is not superficial.
    Sending you a big hug!

    • You’re so, so right, and I’d never really thought about it until today. It’s a true loss and, as you say, not a superficial one. Sending you a big hug back!

  2. So sorry to hear about the death of your friend. May you have many happy memories to bring you comfort.

  3. I am sorry for your loss, and I understand completely. Sometimes the people you “meet” online are more real and caring than the people in your daily life.

  4. So sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute – thank you for the reminder to reach out to those who impact our lives, whether in person or virtually. And long-distance hugs to you!

  5. I, too, am sad about the loss of Dominique, she was an extraordinary person. But knowing Dominique, I think she would be pleased I think of Heaven as celebrating her arrival, truly the Life of the Party.

  6. What an awesome tribute to your friend, Suzanne. Funny how our world has changed and *mostly* been enhanced by our social media friends.

    Cyberhugs for your loss, and thanks for the awesome post.

  7. i’m really sorry for your loss. It’s true that sometimes people we have never met in real life know us better than those with who we live day after day. We chose those friendship ( or we choose to continue them when they came over us by suprise) which can make then deeper and truer that other relationship


    thank you as well for reminding us of what is important

  8. Thanks so much for all the kind words, and I know Dom and her family would appreciate them as well.

    Steph, I’m the same way–when “in person” friends ask me who all those FB friends are, I say they’re my online friends. But friends are friends; the Internet has changed the shape and tenor of friendships, maybe, but they’re still friends and that’s always a wonderful thing.