Me and my Mom
brought up in the rich Irish culture, promoted by my parents and the strong Irish community in which I was reared and I grew up thinking of myself as an Irish Brummie –
there lots of us about.
We were eventually moved under slum clearance to a large council estate on the north side of the city called Pype Hayes in December 1956 and I attended the Abbey Primary School in Erdington as our parish of SS Peter Peter and Paul did not have a school of their own. At St Peter and
Hi my name now is Anne Bennett, but I was born in1949 in a back-to-back house, near the Horse Fair area of inner ring Birmingham, as Anne Marie Flanagan. I was the second child of Roman Catholic, Irish parents, my mother coming from Donegal and my father from Fermanagh. I was
Our home in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham was no longer suitable for us and so we moved to North Wales in July 1993 with our two youngest children. I began to write, something else I’d always yearned to do, but a dream I thought I never would achieve.
I wrote first for children, before beginning an adult novel in 1996. placing it in the city I’d been born and brought up in. Many of the characters and situations were drawn from places I knew, the culture in which I’d been reared, the colourful characters in the neighbourhood and the stories my parents told me, sprinkled with a large dose of imagination. Everyone they say, has a story to tell.
I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) as they run a critique service and when they suggested that I send my second submission to Headline, I was astounded, but did as they said. Headline’s response was to give me a two book contract and my first book with them, “A Little Learning” was published in 1998 and I was stunned that it had all seemed to happen so easily. I had three other books published with Headline:
“Love Me Tender”
“A Strong Hand to Hold”
“Pack up Your Troubles”.
In 2001, we parted company and I was offered a contract with Harper Collins. I am now a firmly
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