Born in Fiji, daughter of a diplomat, I was christened Anna Louise Campbell. I'm Lou to my family and many of my friends, but after several years of being teased by my older siblings (called Pooey Louey!), when I started boarding school at the age of seven, I insisted on being called Anna. A career in the military (Captain Campbell), PR and then education followed, until when I married, I became Anna Greene. I'm still very happily married and living on the Mornington Peninsula in Australia, a truly wonderful corner of the world!
When I began writing fiction, I wanted to separate it from my teaching (I still tutor and mentor as Anna Greene), but unfortunately the obvious choice of pen name, my maiden name (Anna Campbell), was already taken by another very successful and well-known historical fiction author. I have always loved reading historical novels and have an MA in history, my father was a historical novelist, and historical fiction was what I wanted to write! I had some initial successes writing as Lou - winning the HNSA (Historical Novels Society of Australasia) First Pages competition and having an HNSA short story shortlisted and published; I was also longlisted for the Hachette Richell prize; and won an ASA mentorship in 2018- ... but then came Covid. And I also had a stroke - unfortunately not the touchy feely variety.
As a result, at the tail end of 2020 and into 202I, I decided all I wanted to write was uplifting, fun stories that made me (and hopefully my readers) happy.
So in 2020 author, Anna Foxkirk (my grandparents' surname) was born...Of course, I answer to both Anna or Lou, and don't mind either name. And being a writer, I often have to juggle a whole family of personalities (and their friends) in my creative headspace ...
I've loved writing 'uplit' as it is sometimes dubbed, but after a very shaky couple of years, I'm finally feeling on more solid ground, and want to get my teeth back into historical fiction.
Globe trotting ...
Yup, I've definitely got the travel bug! Born in Fiji, I've lived in a lot of different countries during my lifetime, which is great because it's provided me with plenty of fuel for my stories. Right now I live on the Mornington Peninsula in Australia, but I was educated in the UK and, to give you an idea of my travels, I've also lived (not just holidayed) in France, Germany, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Indonesia, Kiribati, Bosnia and New Zealand. And then are places I've just visited - Italy, Spain, Majorca, Menorca, Madeira, Greece, Canada, America, Russia, Serbia, Croatia, Belgium, Switzerland, the UAE and maybe a few others along the way ! I love living in Australia, but I think I'd give my right arm at the moment for a trip to Europe, or more specifically the Imperial War Museum, The National Archives, London to do some roaming, oh and maybe a trip to the south of France...
Desperate to do another research road trip!
This goes without saying really, so why have I put it here? Books have always been a huge part of my life. One of the first books I fell in love with was 'Huff the Hedgehog' by Ruth Ainsworth and Ronald Ridout. As a kid I used to love shouting out those lines! Both my parents encouraged me to read and my father was also an author - his great passion was historical novels, and I still love to be swept away into the world of the past. I went to boarding school in Yorkshire at the age of seven and reading allowed me to escape the confines of my dormitory and travel to other places at least in my head (thanks Enid Blyton). I read every day without fail. Books entertain me, guide me, soothe me and inspire me. A world without books, in my humble opinion would not be a world worth living in. Seriously, I should write a blog about this, I could go on and on about how essential books are ...
This is our dog, Truffle. She's a bit bigger and older, and undoubtedly stinkier, than this nowadays, but we all fiercely love our family pooch - she's such a character. I also love the other variety of truffles too - not so much the ones unearthed from the ground, but the chocolate variety!
You cannot live on the Mornington Peninsula and not imbibe in the odd glass (or two) of wine. Where I live, we're surrounded my vineyards and wineries (poor me!). I'm more at home in the smaller, relaxed wineries and I like nothing better than sharing a bottle of chilled chardonnay with my husband (well, I might give him a small glass!).