After gaining a B.A. Honours degree in History at Manchester University and a Masters degree in education at Hull, Anne O'Brien lived in Yorkshire as a teacher of history. Always a prolific reader, she enjoyed historical fiction and was encouraged to try her hand at writing. Leaving teaching - but not her love of history - she wrote her first historical romance, a Mills & Boon Regency novel published in 2005. Anne now lives with her husband in an eighteenth century timber-framed cottage in the depths of Herefordshire, a wild, beautiful place on the borders between England and Wales, renowned for its black and white timbered houses, ruined castles, priories and magnificent churches.