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Hello, I’m Annie. I am 5 foot 8 and was born in Sidcup, which is either just inside Kent or just outside London depending on your mood.
At the age of eight I received my Brownies writer’s badge and I never looked back, although I did look left and right when I crossed the road.
As a child I was a keen diary writer and every holiday I would catalogue the minute details of the weather, menu and daily excursions. I am confident that ‘Two Weeks in the Swiss Alps’ will be made into a film one day, probably starring Dame Judi Dench.
My love for writing continued as I grew older and at the age of eighteen, I entered the Cosmopolitan Young Journalist’s competition with the absolute conviction that my ‘Day in the life of Student’ would wow the judges and set me on the path to fame, fortune and probably a Pulitzer (when I settled in Manhattan working for the New York Times). I can only assume that my entry was lost in the post as the prize failed to materialise.
It took a German degree, a failed attempt to become a diplomat, a short career as a bookseller, marriage, a longer career in children’s publishing and the birth of my children to set me on the creative writing path. I took a course, I wrote a lot, I entered short story competitions without success and wrote some more. I read a lot of ‘how to’ books and even more fiction, and I wrote and wrote and wrote. One day I found I’d written a whole book. I read what I’d written and tweaked, edited and moulded it into something that I liked.
Three years later I found a publisher who also liked that book and six months since then I’ve found that quite a lot of readers like it too. Now, I’m writing another one, hoping that they will enjoy it as much as the first.
In a quirky twist of fate, I live in a different town just inside Kent or just outside London depending on your mood with my husband and two children, all of whom enjoy telling me that the dinner/their day/my hair is ‘not quite perfect.’ I am very grounded with a mild caffeine addiction.
Read ‘On Writing’ by Stephen King before you start every novel. If you’re not writing, read; if you’re not reading, sleep.