In Memoriam: Diana Wynne Jones (1934-2011)

British author Diana Wynne Jones (1934-2011) died on March 26 after being diagnosed with lung cancer in mid-2009.  Jones is perhaps best known for her novel Howl’s Moving Castle, which was turned into an animated film by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli.  Jones began publishing in 1970 with the novel Changeover, aimed at the adult market.  She quickly found a niche for herself writing young adult fantasies, including the Chrestomanci series, the Dalemark Quartet, and the Derkholm series.  Despite the young-adult marketing category, Jones’s works appealed to readers of all ages. In 1996, Jones published The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, a satirical look at the clichés of fantasy conceived as a tour book.  The volume earned Jones a Hugo nomination for Best Related Work. Jones won the Mythopoeic Award for The Crown of Dalemark in 1993 and Dark Lord of Derkholm in 1998, as well as the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.