Author Maureen Lee, who wrote more than 20 novels in her hometown Liverpool, has passed away at the age of 88.

Her son, DJ and electronic music producer Dave Lee, said she passed away on December 31, after a short illness, in the family.

Lee was born in Bootle, Merseyside, and later relocated her family to Colchester, Essex.

Our life will now be more empty and you will miss the unconditional love that you have provided usDave Lee

Between 1983 and 2013, she published 24 love and thriller novels, including the Pearl Street series, and wrote more than 150 short stories.

In 2000, her book Taniec w Darkności was recognized as Novel of the Year by the Society of Romantic Novelists.

Her work has also appeared regularly on the Sunday Times bestseller lists, with many appearing in Spain, Poland and Russia.

Almost all of their stories happened in and around Liverpool, and they followed childhood-inspired characters there.

Lee has been married to her husband Richard for more than 50 years and they have three children: Paul, Patrick, and Dave.

When her children were young, she left her writing aside and worked as a writer for local companies.

Lee found success later in her life after resuming writing as her children got older.

House DJ Dave, 56, told the Palestinian News Agency, “My mom was a very nice person. I shared all the money with my brothers and I always gave it to the homeless and charities.”

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“ She was always responding directly to fans or aspiring writers who emailed her and even met up with them.

“She was so humble, you wouldn’t know she was a successful writer if you met her. She wasn’t really talking about her accomplishments.

“Our life will now be more empty and you will miss the unconditional love that you gave us.”