I was born in Hertford, England and brought
up in Bexleyheath, which was then in Kent but is now
part of Greater London. I have always loved books;
my childhood favourites were the Narnia stories by C
S Lewis and Kipling’s Jungle Books. By the age of ten
I had decided I wanted to be a writer. Paper always
seemed to be scarce in those days, but I used to write
stories on the unused pages left in old school exercise
books, or even on the backs of opened-out envelopes.
In my early teens two things happened that helped me
to feel like a real writer: my parents bought me my
first typewriter – a second-hand Underwood - and I went
in for a short story competition and won a place at
the Writers’ Summer School at Swanwick in Derbyshire.
After leaving school I worked as a secretary for
many years. Later I began training as a teacher, but
decided teaching was not for me. However I read
children’s novels as part of my course and was
inspired to try writing one myself. My first novel
was published in 1974, and since then I have written
more than thirty books
for children and young people of all ages.
I love reading, dancing, singing, and walking in the countryside. I am married, with two
grown-up children, and now live in Shropshire.
We have a black cat named Harley. Here she is, playing on the stairs.
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Photo of Ann: Dave Hancock