Writing for young people everywhere
So, you want to know something about me…
I was born in America, but I’ve lived and worked just about everywhere in the world.
Things I’ve done:
Kayaked with dolphins
Run in the mountains of Colorado
Swum in the ice-cold waters off Prince Edward Island
Conducted the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Biked in the mountains above Salzburg
Read hundreds of spy stories and action/adventures
Circumnavigated the globe by sailboat…
Well, actually, I haven’t done the last one, but I’d like to.
I grew up with a series of dogs and cats, occasional chickens, two African quail, parakeets, hamsters, rabbits and very accomodating parents. I spent lots of time outdoors: hiking mountains, mowing lawns, fishing, sledding, snowshoeing, and swimming in ponds, lakes and the ocean.
I started writing when I was really little. My first story was called "Good Fox and Bad Fox"... but I got better at titles later on. I wrote all the time - stories and novels, poetry, 'newspaper' articles, and loads of letters to my friends.
Now I'm grown up, I have two boys and a small dog called Snowy, who does occasional detective work, mainly food-related. My sons read everything I write and are kind enough to tell me everything that’s wrong with it. I like to go on adventures with them in the wild, or just hang out, laughing hard at my own jokes.
I live in London, but dream about the coast of Maine, and I like to pretend I can look out my window and see gulls smashing shellfish on the rocks.
I have a Masters in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University, and I just won PaperBound Magazine's Writing Prize for my short story, Winter. (And yes, I'm the same Anne Manson who conducts orchestras and operas...)