Eve Bunting is one of today's most prolific and versatile writers of children's literature. Although she did not begin writing until she was in her forties, she has since written more than one hundred books that span the spectrum from preschool to young adult. Her young adult books address sensitive contemporary issues such as alcoholism, sexual relationships, and teenage suicide. Frequently hidden within her story lines are covert messages of traditional morality.
Bunting was born Anne Evelyn Bolton in 1928 in Maghera, County Derry, Northern Ireland, where her parents were also born. Her father was a postmaster and merchant and was regarded as well-to-do by village standards. She was sent to boarding school in Belfast at the age of nine and there developed a lifelong love of books and reading. She graduated from Methodist College in Belfast in 1945 and followed this with two years additional study at Queens University. It was while at Queens that she met Edward Bunting, and the two were married in 1951.
In 1960 Bunting, her husband, and their three children, two sons and one daughter, uprooted and moved to the United States. They settled first in San Francisco, but later moved to Pasadena where they continue to live.
Although Bunting manages to produce a steady stream of books, she eschews the modern word processor and writes the old-fashioned way, with pencil and notebook. She writes four to five hours every day in the library of...
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