The pen name of Alice Mary Norton, Andre Norton was the first woman awarded the Grand Master of Fantasy Award (Gandalf) in 1977. In 1984, she was awarded the Nebula Grand Master Award.
A prolific single author, she also produced a large number of books in collabration with other authors such as C.J. Cherryh, Anne McCaffrey and Mercedes Lackey.
Ms. Norton's most well known series is the Witch World series, which branched out to include 35 books. Many of the storylines involve young people, most who are faced with great obstacles but overcome by remaining true to their core values and principles.
A great cat lover, Ms, Norton often included cats in her stories and even edited a series of anthologies titled Catfantastic.
Prior to her death, one of Ms. Norton's endeavors was the High Halleck Library. A tax exempt, non-profit facility designed to provide writers of so called popular literature with a peaceful place for research and reference study. With Ms. Norton's increased health issues, High Halleck was closed in 2004 and the books sold at auction.
Ms. Norton died at her home in Murfreesboro, TN on March 17, 2005.