Ann Elizabeth Cree wrote her first books when she was five years old. She would dictate her stories (usually involving little girls who finally got a horse!) to her mother and after that would spend many hours doing the illustrations. She took a break from her budding writing career to attend grade school and high school, and then college. Her favorite form of day dreaming during that time was weaving exciting and romantic stories in her head. With the encouragement of a friend, she finally started putting those stories to paper nearly thirty years after she wrote her first books!
Before writing Historical Romances for Mills & Boon she worked as a nutritionist and then as an auditor for the State of Idaho. She started writing before the birth of her first child and finished her first book during her maternity leave. She joined Romance Writers of America and her local chapter, Coeur du Bois in 1994 and in 1995 won the RWA’s Golden Heart Award for her unpublished manuscript, A BARGAIN WITH FATE. The manuscript caught the attention of a literary agent who went on to sell the manuscript to Mills and Boon.
Ann Elizabeth lives in Boise, Idaho, with her husband and two lively school age sons. Their family also includes two eccentric cats and a house rabbit. In addition to writing, she loves to garden and plays the piano and oboe. And of course, reads as much as she can.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Devilâ€™s Cub by Georgette Heyer
Something Wicked by Jo Beverly
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Gone With the Wind
Mendelsohnâ€™s â€˜Overture to a Mid-Summerâ€™s Nightâ€™s Dream
Author Writing Tip:
Finish a book no matter how hard or horrible you feel the book is. You learn so much by that first book-much more than youâ€™ll ever learn by reading about writing techniques or from writing classes. Books on writing and classes will actually be more useful after you do that first book!
Author Romantic Tip:
Helped by her mother, this author started writing books at five years old!