Maureen Mollie Hunter was born on June 30, 1922, in East Lothian, Scotland. She married Thomas McIlwraith in 1940, but continued to write under the pen name Mollie Hunter. Her books were published throughout the English-speaking countries and she was asked to deliver the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture in 1975.
She is well-known for her book about writing for children, Talent is Not Enough.
In 1972, Hunter received the New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year Award for The Haunted Mountain and A Sound of Chariots. The Carnegie Medal was awarded to Hunter’s The Stronghold in 1975. A Stranger Came Ashore received the Boston Globe Horn Book Award in 1976. In 1992, the Children’s Literature Association presented its Phoenix Award to A Sound of Chariots.
She wrote fantasy, historical novels, and realistic fiction.
Mollie Hunter died on July 31, 2012.