Scarborough-born novelist Susan Hill has been awarded a CBE for services to literature in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
The 70-year-old writer, best known for the ghost story The Woman In Black, said she was delighted by the honour, joking her CBE meant she had “caught up” with her husband who was given the same honour five years ago.
Ms Hill, who was a special guest at Scarborough Literature Festival in April, said: “I was in France and the letter was forwarded in a lot of post. It was lovely.
“If you take it as being given by the Queen, which it sort of is, then it’s a wonderful honour and what a year to get one.”
Ms Hill has published a stream of novels as well as working as a journalist and contributing scripts to long-running rural radio saga The Archers.
Her husband, Shakespearean scholar Professor Stanley Wells, was made a CBE in 2007 and one of their children, Jessica Ruston, is also a published novelist.
The writer said she was looking forward to her visit to Buckingham Palace after missing her husband’s investiture because she was ill.
The Woman In Black has inspired a long-running West End play and a TV movie version, and was recently made into a hit film starring Daniel Radcliffe.
The stage version will play at the Futurist Theatre from Monday November 19 to Saturday November 24.
Ms Hill once said writing is “one thing I could do”.