(born February 1953 - ) - Canada, now Newport-on-Tay, Fife
Joan Lennon grew up in Canada and arrived in Scotland in 1978. After a year on a Hebridean island, she knew she'd come to the right place. She used to think she'd travelled quite a lot in her cool youth, but now that her children have started going off on fabulously exciting gap years to exotic places like China and Madagascar and Tanzania and South Africa and Borneo, she's gone a bit quiet on that. She has had the mandatory quirky low-paid jobs - ice-cream sundae constructor, putz frau at the Munich Olympics, ballet-class pianist, a computer operator in the days when they needed a whole separate room ...
These days, she divides her time between a husband, four sons, a cat, a collection of piano pupils - and writing. Her first big fat fantasy Questors was published in 2007. The Seventh Tide starts with the land- and seascape of the west coast of Scotland and then adds shape-shifters, soul-sucking kelpies, talking ferrets and an underwater Glasgow of the 24th century. A different landscape inspired The Wickit Chronicles - that of the vast swampy fens of medieval England. Ely Plot, Fen Gold, Ice Road and Witch Bell tell the adventures of the orphan Pip and the living, breathing, swimming stone gargoyle, Perfect. And for younger readers, there is the series Tales from the Keep, the first of which is titled The Ferret Princess, introducing a feisty heroine and a crowd of overexcited four-legged assistants.
Joan lives in Fife and has never reconsidered her decision all those years ago.
- Add to BasketThe Case Of The Glasgow Ghoul - Paperback
There's been a series of thefts from the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow. Despite maximum security measures, the thief is yet to be caught and the stolen objects appear to vanish into thin air, never to be seen again. But Slightly Jones isn't daunted by the lack of clues. She's more concerned about the stories of ghosts in a nearby graveyard.
- The Ely Plot - Paperback
Pip and Perfect, a small stone gargoyle with a life of her own, find themselves in the midst of an assassination attempt against the new king. Escaping into the cold dark night, they are chased across the fens by a man bent on killing them.
- Fen Gold - Paperback
The hot summer has brought several kinds of trouble to the monastry at Wickit, and Pip the orphan and Perfect the stone gargoyle find themselves up to their eyebrows in it all.
- Add to BasketIce Road - Paperback
It's the harshest winter anyone can remember, and the vast waterways of the Fens are frozen solid - ideal conditions for a surprise invasion by young King Arnald's banished uncle. How can the orphan Pip, and Perfect, the stone gargoyle, save the country?
- Wag And The King - Paperback
Wag's master is an apprentice minstrel. That's a nice job to have so long as you can sing in tune, and be nice about people. Unfortunately, this boy finds not telling the truth really hard, and it ends up getting him, his boss, and even Wag in trouble!
Pip the orphan and Perfect the stone gargoyle meet up with a mysterious stranger - a man who has actually heard the ghostly sound of a witch bell. Hot on his trail is the Holy Hunter, sniffing out demons and devils. By accident, Pip becomes his quarry. Can Perfect, some red ribbons and a handful of pepper save the day?
Joan Lennon's Bibliography
- Questors - 2007
- Ely Plot (The Wickit Chronicles) - 2007
- Fen Gold (The Wickit Chronicles) - 2007
- The Seventh Tide - 2008
- Ice Road (The Wickit Chronicles) - 2008
- The Ferret Princess (Tales from the Keep) - 2008
- Wow! 366 - 2008
- Witch Bell (The Wickit Chronicles) - 2008
- Wag and the King - 2009
- The Case of the Glasgow Ghoul - 2011