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I’ve always been a sucker for a happy ending. Even as a child, whether it was Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder or Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe, I preferred books and films with a happy ending. And, if a story I loved didn’t come to the joyous conclusion I wanted, I’d imagine a new ending of my own. I was always a voracious reader too, so discovering romance novels was perfect.

It’s probably no surprise that I had a dream of writing my own romances one day. Busy with my career as a senior Marketing manager for a major multinational company that makes household products, then as a primary school teacher, it was something I imagined in the future, perhaps when I’d retired. In the meantime, I dabbled away, penning scenes and scenarios, plotting stories and listening to the characters who inhabited my head. (yes, I hear voices!)

Who’d have known that my husband’s posting to the US would open the door for me to write? Thanks to a lengthy and torturous immigration process, and no work permit, I had a lot of time on my hands when we moved to New Jersey. My husband came across an online romance writing course on Barnes & Noble’s website, linked to the Gotham Writer’s Workshop in New York, and encouraged me to take it. Through the course, I was introduced to and RWA. I’ve never looked back!

I write heart-warming contemporary romances. A three-time Golden Heart finalist, my work has won or finalled in a number of prestigious writing contests. In December 2012, I sold my first book to Harlequin Super Romance. A Perfect Distraction will be released in September 2013.

When I’m not writing, I enjoy watching/going to hockey and football (both soccer and American football) games, collecting autographs, movie and TV memorabilia, and penguins. I love travelling too, and enjoy finding ways to combine writers’ conferences with new places to visit.

I’m lucky enough to have had a happy ending - or rather a happy beginning as the story continues - in my own life. I’m married to a wonderful man, my very own romantic hero, who supports me in everything I do and who makes me believe dreams can come true. We share our home, in a village near Cambridge, England, with two spoiled cats. To find out more - check out my website,

Anna's Fun Facts

  • As well as loving penguins, I adore kookaburras. I was thrilled to see some for real on our recent trip to Australia. We even heard one laugh!
  • My favourite children's book characters are the Moomins (by Tove Jansson).
  • I once had tea with the Queen Mother, at St James' Palace.
  • The only podcast on my iPod is The Puck Podcast - a fab weekly hockey podcast. Doug and Eddie rock!

A Perfect Farewell – Prizes!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and took part in the fun – you all really are the best! And remember you can keep in touch via my website, my newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and the Romance Bandits RSS Feed. As it was such a special occasion, I’ve decided to raid the give-away cupboard! So the following people have won their choice of A Perfect Trade or A Perfect Catch: Ki Pha Pissenlit The following have won an exclusive New Jersey Ice Cats notebook: Colleen Amy Conley Don’t forget that if you’d like a signed copy of my limited
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Farewell Quick Five Fun

It’s been a bittersweet month, here in the Lair, as many of us post the last of our regular blogs. On the one hand, it’s great that we’ll be busy writing more books, but on the other hand it will be sad not to pop in here and chat with you all. Today is my turn. Most of you are already friends or followers of my pages on FB and Twitter (thank you!). For those who aren’t, the details are below. You can find me there, as well as via the Romance Bandits FB page, on Pinterest and on my
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A Perfect Catch Prize Winners!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the launch party for A Perfect Catch and joined in the fun! I think the pesky bird was well and truly scared into behaving – though I won’t mention the golden feathers I found in the Cadbury’s chocolate cupboard in my writing cave! Jersey Girl and CC have done their duty as prize selectors (using the patented Kate Walker method of cat treats on slips of paper!) and chosen: Laurie G and Shannon! Congratulations! Please send me your snail mail addresses to anna at and I’ll get your prizes out to you!