A Deep Loss: Author Carolyn Kaufman Passes Away

Becca and I would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Carolyn Kaufman, who passed away suddenly this weekend of a brain aneurysm. Carolyn was a very giving, kind person, sharing her wisdom at her blog, Archetype Writing and also at QueryTracker & Psychology Today. She is also the author of the excellent resource, A Writer’s Guide to Psychology.

We worked closely with Carolyn this summer as she helped us with the content of our upcoming book, The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Flaws. Carolyn aided us with some of the psychology aspects of the book, and very generously took the time to write the foreword for us.

It was such a terrible shock to hear the news. Carolyn was so supportive, and her confidence and enthusiasm for our book boosted Becca and I up in so many ways. We are both so grateful to have known her. She will be greatly missed.

When I started writing and seriously working to improve my craft, Archetype Writing was one of the first blogs I found. I continually returned to it to soak of Carolyn’s wisdom and over the years have learned so much from her, as have many others.

You can read her full obituary here and Querytracker has also posted about Carolyn’s passing.



Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, an online library packed with powerful tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.
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16 Responses to A Deep Loss: Author Carolyn Kaufman Passes Away

  1. dianacastle says:

    Very, very sad to hear this. I visited her website often and found it very useful. She will be greatly missed.

  2. Beautiful tribute. Carolyn will surely be missed by the writing community. Deepest condolences to all her family and friends. So tragic and heartbreaking.

  3. Carolyn was so eager to share her knowledge, in a way that showed her love for the truth. I feel more blessed than ever to include her words in one of our books.

  4. Thanks everyone for the comments. I appreciate the hugs and sending them back at you all. <3

  5. Doree DePew says:

    I was shocked to hear of her unexpected death. So young, so talented. I’ve been soaking in her words of wisdom on her website and Query Tracker for a while. She’s inspiration plus! Sleep well, friend.

  6. Lydia Sharp says:

    oh my goodness, I am heartbroken. And in shock. I keep Carolyn’s book right by my laptop–it has helped me SO much. What a terrible loss, but thank you for posting this. Condolences to her family and close friends and to everyone who had the pleasure of working with her. ~hugs hugs a million HUGS~

  7. Thank you for posting this, Angela and Becca. Carolyn was a wonderful friend and will be greatly missed by her friends and family.

  8. Gypsy Writer says:

    Condolences to Carolyn’s family, I’m so sorry to hear the news 🙁 I’m sure that now she’s a beautiful Angel…

  9. I haven’t had the pleasure of reading her book but a true loss. My thoughts are with her family

  10. What a shock! And so sad! My condolences to Carolyn’s family and to you at the loss of such a great talent and friend.

  11. This is so sad. And a shock. She will definitely be missed.

  12. That’s so sad. My condolences on the loss of a good friend.

  13. Beth says:

    What a terrible tragedy. She will be missed.

  14. So sorry to hear this sad news, Angela. Condolences to Carolyn’s family.

  15. Patti says:

    That’s really sad. Condolences to her family.

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