Who am I?

Though christened Anna Louise, I very soon became Lou to my family and friends (Don't ask ... Okay, Pooey Louey). After several years of being teased by my older siblings, when I started school I insisted I had to be called Anna. In those days I was Anna Campbell. A career in the military (Captain Campbell), PR and then education followed, until I became Anna Greene when I married.

 

When I finally came to focus seriously on my writing career, I wanted it to be separate from my teaching name, but unfortunately for me, my maiden name (Anna Campbell) was already taken by another very successful author. I started writing as Lou Greene and, to begin with, I thought that historical fiction would be my thing (I love reading historical novels, I have an MA in history, and my father was also a historical novelist). I had some 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 longlisted for the Hachette Richell prize; and won an ASA mentorship in 2018) ... But by this time, I'd spent a gruelling four years writing my first full length dual timeline manuscript - The Book Lovers - only to realise, when 2020 came along that I wasn't really doing what I wanted to do which was write 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 still answer to both Anna or Lou, anddon'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 ...

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've a whole series of stories set in a variety of countries up currently baking in the creative oven and cannot wait to share more with you!

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Black and White Library
Bookaholic

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 ...

Truffle mad

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!

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Two Wine Cups
Winey wife!

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!).