"I don't think I've ever had another reader as instantly and thoroughly supportive," Barrett told The Associated Press in an email message Monday. "Whether a book did well in the market, or poorly, won nice prizes or got no attention at all, Wendy always made me feel like she loved it, and was thrilled I'd written it. When I was discouraged, I wrote for her."
"The reason her office is so crowded isn't just because her writers' manuscripts and published books pack the shelves and the tables," Barrett added. "It's because they fight for space with the pillows and knickknacks and orchids and photos and stuffed creatures we have all sent her over the years."