In Memoriam – Mary Rosenblum

Photo by Cat Sparks

Mary Rosenblum (b.1952) was killed on March 11 when the small plane she was piloting crashed near Battle Ground, Washington.

Rosenblum’s debut novel, The Drylands, received the Compton Crook Award and was followed up by novels Chimera, The Stone Garden, Water Rites, and Horizons. Beginning in 1999, she also began publishing mysteries under her maiden name, Mary Freeman.

In 2009, he short story “Sacrifice” received the Sidewise Award for Alternate History.  She has also been nominated for the Nebula, Hugo, Tiptree, Endeavour, and Sturgeon Awards.

Rosenblum published a collection of her short fiction, Synthesis and Other Realities in 1996.

President Cat Rambo had this to say in remembrance:

Rosenblum was one of the vital components of our Pacific Northwest Community writing community. Self-reliant, pragmatic, and incisive, she could butcher a sheep or make cheese as easily as she could write a story that showed a depth of human understanding many of us work a lifetime to achieve. She will be deeply, dearly, heartbreakingly missed.

11 Responses

  1. Susie Lankford

    Former classmate in Allison Park (Hampton High class of 1970) – sweet and wonderful person. Will be greatly missed.

  2. M. Kay Kleven

    I am stunned by Mary’s death. She was my instructor for a novel writing course I took at Long Ridge Writer’s Group, now the Institute for Writers. She became a friend and mentor, helping me in every way she could. I remember communicating with her about our love of science and her love of flying. I live in Minnesota and she had a son living in Wisconsin, so I felt like she’s be flying over my house on her way to see her son. She will truly be missed. I will miss you, Mary! Still can’t believe what I’ve learned this morning. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. Rest in Peace!

  3. Linda Allison

    I accidently learned of Mary’s death on Facebook. To say I am shocked, stunned, saddened is an understatement. I too was a breaking into print student of hers at Longridge Writer’s Group and then a student of her Novel course. She was a kind caring instructor, a helpful mentor and I will miss her. I missed the chance to meet her years ago when she was in my neck of the woods at a writer’s conference.

    Words cannot express my sadness.
    My her family find peace and solace in this difficult time.

    Linda Allison
    Aka Gothic Queen

  4. Bill Ellis

    Mary was my instructor/mentor starting in 2006. I never met her, never talked to her on the phone but I considered her not only my instructor but a dear friend. After only a few lessons I felt as if she could read my mind. Her analysis of not only my writing but thought process was amazing. As a former pilot we often discussed flying and I knew how much it meant to her.

    Today is March 19, 2018 and I found out about her death while I was in the process of contacting her to renew a project. This is a sad time and my prayers go out to her family and friends. May her soul rest in peace.

    Bill Ellis

  5. Marjolyn Winkel

    March 24 2018
    I had Mary Rosenblum on my list to send a book I have just published. She was my consigned tutor when I enrolled in the correspondence course of the Long Ridge Writers Group. She was the person that was so encouraging and positive in her critique of the stories I sent her that I started dreaming of writing a book about our hobby farm. I am in shock and can hardly believe the fact that I cannot send her a copy and thank her in person for her warm and encouraging tutoring.

  6. Sylvia Frost

    I am so deeply sad to hear of Mary’s passing. We were in the middle of relaunching a series. I was re-doing her covers, and found her an awesome client and friend. If there is anyone who was noted in her will who would like to continue the relaunching of her books, please contact me. I have book covers she’s already paid for.


  7. Mary Franceschini

    Only this afternoon, I found out that Mary Rosenblum has died. She was my instructor in Breaking into Print of the Long Ridge Writers Group and now was helping me to publish my first novel. I am at a loss for words. She was so dedicated, encouraging, and really helped me to put out the best in my writing.
    Inasmuch as I am in total shock and saddened, I am going to continue writing in her memory.
    My heartfelt condolences to her family and friends and to all those who, like me, had the gift of having her as editor.

  8. Margaret Leary

    I just found out about Mary’s sudden passing and am still in shock. She just helped me publish my novel, Dead Roses. I am a pancreatic cancer survivor and the book would not have been published without her help. She was an amazing person!

  9. Janet Hartman

    I just learned of Mary’s death today. I attended her online sessions while she worked at Long Ridge and contributed to the weekly email newsletter they sent out. I had planned to have her help polish my novel.

    Her loss will be felt by many.

  10. Agatha Hinman

    I came across this by accident, and am so sorry to learn about her death. I enrolled in the Long Ridge Writers Group in the 90s and she was my first writing teacher. I picked her out because I liked her face! It was such a good choice — her encouragement and advice on writing has always stayed with me, and I learned then she had many other talents as well. My condolences to her family.

    Agatha Hinman


    Mary and I were both students at the 1997 Clarion West Workshop. She was one of the class stars from the beginning. After about 3 weeks, most people just started critiquing her work by writing “Another good Mary story” across the first page. I’m sorry to hear of her loss.