Farewell, Diana Wynne Jones
I’m back! Well, more or less. See, I DID finish my manuscript on time (I know, it’s pretty much a miracle), but I forgot to factor in that I would then get it back from my editor and have to revise it for yet another deadline which is now galloping up on me. HEAVENS. And I have a feeling the whole rest of the year might be like this…ruh-roh.
But I wanted to check back in a bit early this week (or maybe very late for last week) so I could post something about Diana Wynne Jones, one of my very favorite authors in the world, who died on Friday after a long life (but we wish it had been longer!) and a whole lot of wonderful books (but we wish there were more!). If you’ve never read anything by her, you really should – especially if you like my writing, because hers is sort of the transcendent ideal of storytelling I aspire to. Her books are smart, funny, deep, curious, and complex, with completely believable characters whose ordinary lives intersect with weird fantasy in the most imaginative, surprising ways. And did I mention they’re funny?
I think I’ve read almost all of her books by now. I started years ago with Howl’s Moving Castle (which was later turned into a Miyazaki movie, also terrific, and intriguingly different from the book) and Castle in the Air, which are still my favorites.
But all the Chrestomanci books are amazing, too.
That’s just to get you started—there are oodles more, and they’re all thought-provoking and clever and wonderful. And the good news is there’s at least one more still to be published: Earwig and the Witch, coming sometime this year, it looks like.
Plus she apparently had a fascinating life:
Her own mini-autobiography
Barnes & Noble book club blog tribute
My goodness. Well, they all said it better than I could. We’re so lucky to have all the books we do have of hers, and I hope you’ll all get a chance to try them. We’ll miss you, Diana Wynne Jones!
I’ll be back again soon with more, particularly Erin Hunter tour info – yes, Vicky is coming! The one with all the answers! Warriors fans must rush out and see her if you can! So more on that soon… 🙂
Quote of the Day: “A book for children is first of all to enjoy, and after that it can be full of all the other things books can do for children — mostly, I believe, to encourage them to think for themselves.” – Diana Wynne Jones