On January 20 of this year, Steph Bowe passed away at the
age of twenty-five. She had lymphoma. It’s always tempting to describe illness
as a war – ‘the battle with cancer’ – but struggling with terminal illness is just
that, a daily struggle. Steph described a lot of it on her Facebook page, and
then one day the updates stopped.
We heard the news of Steph’s passing from her mum. The Australian
writing community was devastated. Steph was one of us. She started out as a
talented blogger and young writer, who was shocked and delighted to receive her
first publishing deal for GIRL SAVES BOY at only fifteen.