Ann Patras was born in Burton upon Trent, England quite a while ago.
In 1971 she emigrated to Canada for a year before returning to the UK where, in 1974, she married her boyfriend of five years. In 1980 she and her husband Ziggy rounded up their three small children and headed for Zambia, initially on a 2 year contract. They finally left Zambia in 1989, moving down to South Africa where they lived for 22 years.
Career-wise, on leaving school Ann commenced work as a legal secretary, changing tack to Administration in the brewing industry after she got married. Upon moving to Zambia and not officially being permitted to work there, her time was occupied by voluntary posts with various social or sports organisations. In South Africa her work ranged from the shipping industry, secretary to an insurance loss adjuster through to spending her last nine working years as the Administration Manager of the Watercolour Society of SA. In her spare time she spent several years as a Police Reservist, chiefly in the Mounted Unit in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg.
Always a keen letter writer, Ann entertained numerous family members and friends with tales of their various adventures, calamities and just plain silly activities over the years. She was constantly nagged by them to “write a book about it!”.
Ann bought her first PC in 1987 for the sole purpose of writing the book. Several PCs later the first book, Into Africa: with 3 Kids, 13 Crates and a Husband, was eventually published in 2014. As this only covers their very first year of life in Zambia, Ann has many more crazy experiences to share in her Africa Series.