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Anne O'Brien was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire. After gaining a B.A. Honours degree in History at Manchester University and a Masters in Education at Hull, she lived in the East Riding for many years as a teacher of history.
She now lives with her husband in an eighteenth century timber-framed cottage in the depths of the Welsh Marches in Herefordshire. It is a wild, beautiful place on the borders between England and Wales, renowned for its black and white timbered houses, ruined castles and priories and magnificent churches. It is steeped in history, famous people and bloody deeds as well as ghosts and folk lore, all providing inspiration.
She wrote her first historical romance, a Regency, for Harlequin Mills and Boon in 2005, followed by ten historical novels and a novella, ranging from medieval, through the English Civil War and Restoration and back to Regency. She has been published in the UK, North America and Australia as well as in translation throughout Europe and in Japan.
She is now writing novels based on the lives of historical characters.
Virgin Widow is the story of Anne Neville, wife of Richard III. It was long-listed by the RNA for the Romantic Novel of the Year award.
Devil's Consort tells of the early adventures of Eleanor of Aquitaine through marriage, divorce, crusading and taking a new husband who will protect her lands.
The King's Concubine plots the exciting and outrageous life of Alice Perrers and King Edward III can be seen to draw a parallel with modern royalty with it's tale of one marriage and three people; proud king; loving wife and infamous mistress.
The Forbidden Queen: Katherine de Valois, tragic wife of England's hero Henry V. But then came the second marriage to owen Tudor. And look at the consequences ...
The Scandalous Duchess. The iconic love story of Katherine Swynford and the Duke of Lancaster that broke all the rules but still intrigues us today.
The King's Sister. To be released in hard back in November 2014 in the UK. The story of Elizabeth of Lancaster, caught up in dramatic and bloody family politics in the reigns of Richard II and Henry IV.