Our school library was an interesting one. It had a whole lot of wonderful reads and for some reason I remember it as a dark room?! One day my wonderful mother got me a Library card. My very first one! The library was small but the wonders it held! The library being next to her work place, she would drop me there in the mornings on holidays and I would spend a good amount of time among the books.
I devoured all the Nancy Drew books I could get hold of. I was hooked. I loved Nancy Drew and her independent nature, her instincts which resulted in her solving mysteries. Nancy Drew was perfection in my eyes. Everything about her screamed: GIRL POWER!
Nancy Drew was my Harry Potter.. if that makes any sense. Ofcourse back then internet was not really a common thing. I'm a 90s child. I couldn't just look up on the internet for Carolyn Keene, the mastermind behind The Nancy Drew mysteries. I had no idea how she looked like. I had to rely on my imagination.
I imagined a big haired, blonde, middle aged woman with makeup on, wearing a flashy double breasted blazer sitting in front of her typewriter somewhere far & exotic, typing away pure gold.. which kids like me would later read in awe. Get our ears bitten off by our parents for bringing the book to the dining table and barely touching the food. Get caught reading them under the pretext of studying. Aaah childhood!
Recently, I was browsing through Goodreads when it struck me, I should look up for Carolyn Keene. Why hadn't I thought about it till now?! What I found out was not something I had dreamed of ever in my life. Carolyn Keene is a pen name: used by a team of ghostwriters appointed by the company(creator) of Nancy Drew series. The company was called Stratemeyer Syndicate. There were so many authors who were behind this one entity Nancy Drew. One of the prominent writers being Mildred Benson who is known to have 'wrote 23 of the original 30 novels.
I don't know whether to feel happy or absolutely disappointed. Its a bittersweet feeling! So today, as an adult I would like to thank all those unsung authors. My childhood was so much more wondrous because of you all!