Joan Delano Aiken MBE (4 September 1924 – 4 January 2004) was an English writer specialising in supernatural fiction and children’s alternate history novels. In 1999 she was awarded an MBE for her services to children’s literature. For The Whispering Mountain, published by Jonathan Cape in 1968, she won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, a once-in-a-lifetime book award judged by a panel of British children’s writers, and she was a commended runner-up for the Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year’s best children’s book by a British subject. She won an Edgar Allan Poe Award (1972) for Night Fall.
I could give some examples of Joan Aiken’s writing or writing advice, however instead I would rather direct readers to a fantastic source right here on wordpress:-
I have spent what seems like hours on this site now and the tales are fascinating. I particularly love the story of the Spanish shoes & the fondness of ghosts, but there is a lot of interesting reading on this blog and would urge readers to check it out.
Did You Know?..
Joan’s stepfather Martin Armstrong, wrote regularly for the BBC’s Children’s Hour, and urged Joan to submit her own stories; “Yes, But Today Is Tuesday” was read on air in 1941.
I’m quite pleased to see that google have also chosen to commemorate Joan Aiken in todays Google Doodle