Anne Allen lives in Devon, by her beloved sea. She has three children and her daughter and two grandchildren live nearby. She was born in Rugby, to an English mother and Welsh father. As a result she spent many summers with her Welsh grandparents in Anglesey and learnt to love the sea.
Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people. She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns. Another son is in London which proves handy for City breaks.
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!
About this time Anne ran out of excuses for not writing a novel and the story for Dangerous Waters came unbidden after reading Joanne Harris’s Coastliners, set on a small French island. It reminded her of Guernsey and she was drawn to write a novel that was both about love and loss – central to everyone’s lives – and family secrets going back many years. Her experience as a psychotherapist helped her enormously, having spent many years helping people to deal with serious issues like the loss of loved ones. She also drew on her own life experiences! But the novel is not based on anyone’s real story, it is fiction. At the time she didn’t appreciate how much work it would take to bring it up to a publishable standard so it’s not been a quick journey. But very worthwhile ☺
If you enjoy fascinating stories set against the backdrop of a beautiful island – then you will love The Guernsey Novels.
I am a huge fan of Anne Allen’s Guernsey series in which various locations are lovingly described
The Guernsey Novels are a mix of mystery, family drama, and love story and influenced by the author’s love of the island where she spent many happy years.
I highly recommend the entire series of The Guernsey Novels
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Anne Allen is the award-winning author of The Guernsey Novels. By profession she was a psychotherapist, however, is now retired from the day job to concentrate on writing. Anne has a restless soul and has lived in many fascinating places, including the beautiful island of Guernsey where she lived for fourteen years.