Anne McAllister's Biography
RITA award-winner Anne McAllister was born in California, spent formative summer vacations on the beach near her home and on her grandparents’ small ranch in Colorado and visiting relatives in Montana. Studying the cowboys, the surfers and the beach volleyball players, she spent long hours developing her concept of "the perfect hero." Every once in a while a hard-driving type A businessman sneaks in (Dominic in THE INCONVENIENT BRIDE, for example!), but as along as she can fall in love with him, Anne is happy to have him stick around. Early on she developed a weakness for lean, dark-haired, handsome lone wolf type guys. When she finally found one, he was in the university library where she was working at the time. It didn’t matter. She knew a good man when she saw one. And they’ve now been sharing "happily ever afters" for over thirty years. They presently have four children who have scattered to various parts of the US, and three dogs who have moved in to take their places!
Quite a few years ago Anne and her husband moved to the midwest, but they spend more and more time in Montana. And as Anne says, she lives there in her head most of the time anyway. She wishes a small town like her very own Elmer, Montana existed. She’d move there in a minute.
Before she started writing romances, Anne taught Spanish, capped deodorant bottles copyedited textbooks, got a master’s degree in theology, and ghostwrote sermons. It all became grist for the fictional mill – as has the family history she likes to learn more about every chance she gets. She might have to try her hand at that historical, after all – especially now that she’s learned more about that second great-grandfather who claims to have shot 40 men!
In the meantime, though, she is planning more contemporary series
books. as well as writing another single title since THE GREAT MONTANA COWBOY AUCTION whetted her appetite. Her most recent book is part of a series for Harlequin Presents about the McGillivrays of Pelican Cay.
To learn more about Anne's current and upcoming books as well as to read excerpts and catch up on the latest in her "writing diary," stop by her website at
www.annemcallister.com. She's always happy to have visitors.
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