November 3, 1925
“I find writing is a very lonely business,” Monica Hughes said in Canadian Children's Literature, “even writing for children, which should be, of course, and is, at the same time very joyful.…
“I've always known … that magic lay between the covers of books, and all that was necessary to do to partake of the treasures was to open the covers and plunge in. All the time I was growing up I was reading: The Wind in the Willows, Black Beauty, Coral Island, The Children of the New Forest, Arthur Ransome, all the books of E. Nesbit.”
Monica Ince, whose father was a mathematician and amateur astronomer, grew up in Egypt and was educated privately in England and Scotland. In 1957, she married Glen Hughes, with whom she has two children.
She served with the Women's Royal Naval Service from 1943 to 1946. She worked as a dress designer in England and Rhodesia. From 1952 to 1957, she was a laboratory technician for the National Research Council in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
A resident of Alberta, Canada, she has been a full-time writer since 1975. Most of her books are set in Canada or—as she specializes in science fiction—in an alien world resembling Canada.
The author's Isis Trilogy is an ambitious work. Set on an isolated planet, it looks at social evolution over three generations. The main character is Olwen Pendennis, sixteen, an orphan raised in isolation by a kind-hearted robot.