She loved to write about the supernatural but Margaret Mahy probably never expected she could continue winning book awards from beyond the grave.
Or that she could be posthumously honoured with her own award.
But later this year that could become reality after the top prize at the annual New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards was renamed the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award and Ms Mahy was nominated as a finalist.
Ms Mahy, who died in July last year aged 76, wrote more than 100 picture books and 40 novels and became one of New Zealand's most loved children's writers.
Her latest book, Mister Whistler, is in the running to take out this year's picture book category, putting it in the mix to also take out the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award.
Ms Mahy's daughter, Bridget Mahy says her mother was a spirited and generous person who loved encouraging other writers.
"She would be the first to stand up and cheer for nominees who had worked so hard at successfully crafting their work for a young audience," she said.
The New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards will be held in Christchurch on June 24.