“From the beginning, she was one of those writers who was a complete natural,” she said. “She had a wonderful writing style and a wonderful gift for character. You were completely invested in her characters and her stories. She never said a bad word about anyone or anything, yet had this wicked sense of humour as well. I loved working with her. It’s just not fair.”
Bowe was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic lymphoma in April last year and underwent a bone marrow transplant earlier this month.
YA author Lili Wilkinson said Bowe was a “great writer” who had many more stories to tell.
“I’m sad we won’t get to read them,” she wrote on social media. “But I’m grateful for the ones we have.”
Fellow YA author Gabrielle Tozer said she was “heartbroken” after learning of Bowe’s death.
“What a beautiful human, what a talent,” she wrote. “I’m grateful for the times we shared and I’m relieved she knew how much her family, friends and the book community adored her.
“She was so loved and never stopped fighting. Devastated.”
In December, more than eight months after her diagnosis, Bowe told family and friends she was grateful for the support she had received – particularly from doctors, nurses and other hospital staff.
“It is at times like this that you realise how good people are,” she wrote.
“You can really connect with people in a much more genuine way when life gets serious and it’s something I’m glad to have experienced.
“In a way, it’s the really terrible stuff that makes life feel all the more enriched. Every positive moment is such a source of joy.”
Broede Carmody is a culture reporter at The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald