Novelist Phyllis A. Whitney passed away on February 8 at the age of 104. She had begun writing as a teenager, and soon after finishing high school she was publishing short stories. She was 38 years old when she published her first book, a novel for young adults. Two years later, she published her first adult novel, Red is for Murder. In all, she penned more than 75 books, including three textbooks.
She was in her nineties when she published her last novel, Amethyst Dreams (1997), but she was still writing when she died: she left behind an unfinished autobiography.
I am sure her readers and admirers wish she'd had a little more time. But isn't it wonderful that she kept writing for as long as she did?
"It's hard to come up with a 'quote' about myself. Perhaps I could say that most of my writing has been concerned with understanding between people. Whether of different races, or religions, or even in the same family I tried in my books... to deal with the subject of understanding the other fellow."
-- Phyllis A. Whitney
You can read more at Phyllis A. Whitney's official website.