She doesn’t exist. So who wrote the popular Nancy Drew mystery books? According to Wikipedia, Carolyn Keene is the pseudonym of the authors of the Nancy Drew mystery series, published by the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Stratemeyer hired writers, including Mildred Benson, to write the novels in this series, who initially were paid only $125 for each book and were required by their contract to give up all rights to the work and to maintain confidentiality. Edward Stratemeyer’s daughter, Harriet Adams, also wrote books in the Nancy Drew series under the pseudonym.
Just as there isn’t any Carolyn Keene, there’s no Franklin W. Dixon. It is a pseudonym for the authors of The Hardy Boys. This series is also the creation of the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Various ghostwriters were employed to pen the stories but the first author was Leslie McFarlane who went on to write 21 of the books.
Edward Stratemeyer, the founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate was a genius. He hit the jackpot, didn’t he? Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys are still widely read today.