Not strictly fairy tale related but she brought fantasy into the lives of many young (and older) readers. From Tributes to children's author Eva Ibbotson by Andy Hughes:
NORTH East children’s author Eva Ibbotson, whose fans include US President Barack Obama, has died at the age of 85.
The award-winning writer, known for her amusing and magical tales, passed away at her home in Newcastle on Wednesday.
My favorite part:
While working as a teacher in the North East, Mrs Ibbotson began her writing career in 1965 when she penned television drama Linda Came Today. Ten years later, aged 50, she published her first novel, The Great Ghost Rescue. She went on to write 16 children’s novels and seven romance novels for adults.
Her most acclaimed book, adventure story Journey to the River Sea, was published in 2001 and went on to win the Nestlé Children’s Gold Award and was shortlisted for the Carnegie medal.
I didn't realize she wasn't published until she was 50. Now I am inspired by another successful woman who didn't give up her dreams or followed new ones, perhaps...