By profession Anne Allen was a psychotherapist but has long had creative ‘itches’, learning to mosaic, paint furniture, interior design and sculpt. Although she often thought about being a writer, life had always seemed to get in the way. Bringing up three children on her own didn’t make it any easier! Then, a few years ago, she won a true-life story competition run by Prima magazine, which was featured in a two-page spread when published. A real boost to her writer’s ego!