Anna Cleary has always loved stories. From an early age she enjoyed fairy tales, poems and songs, and stories made up by her older sisters to terrify and enchant her. She was lucky to be the youngest of a large family, so her home in Newcastle, Australia was brimming with books old and new.
Reading became Anna’s great passion, and with it the desire to write stories of her own.
She cried over Jane Eyre, suffered with Heathcliffe and Cathy, loved Jane Austen and adored Georgette Heyer’s lords and ladies. The world of literature opened to her, and she plunged right in.
As an adult she studied education and worked as a teacher, though she never forgot her dream to write books. When a friend suggested they both start writing a romance novel, she accepted the challenge with enthusiasm. She enjoyed it so much she eventually gave up teaching to write full time.
She now lives in Queensland with her daughter and a complex and sensitive cat. When not engaged with the people of her imagination she likes meeting friends, listening to music, dining out, discussing politics, going to movies and concerts, or gazing at gardens.
'The Sea, The Sea' by Iris Murdoch.
'The Idiot' Fyodor Dostoevsky
'Hating Alison Ashley' Robin Klein.
'Regency Buck' by Georgette Heyer
All of 'The Lymond Chronicles' by Dorothy Dunnett. (sorry, can't choose one).
There are so many. 'Breakfast at Tiffany's', 'Bridget Jones' Diary', 'Emma', the BBC TV series of 'Pride and Prejudice', and the movie that broke my heart four times, 'Brokeback Mountain'...Â¦
Stardust, Moon River, Rach's Piano Concerto No 2, Dionne Warwick's version of 'Walk on By', 'Your Song', Bach's concerto for Violin and Oboe BWV 1060.