Born in York, Ann Victoria Roberts now lives in Southampton with her Master Mariner husband. She is the author of five historical novels, inspired by the lives of people as diverse as her great-grandmother, a WW1 soldier, Bram Stoker, and Captain Smith of the Titanic. Love in its many forms, and the effects of the past upon the present, are linking themes.
Inspired by a family diary, Ann’s first two novels, Louisa Elliott and Liam’s Story were published in the UK by Chatto & Windus and Pan – and created national headlines in 1989 when they were sold to a US publisher for what was then a record sum for a debut author. The books were translated into several languages, becoming bestsellers around the world. In 2014, these novels were reissued independently in print and ebook format.
In 1994, Ann went on to write the chilling ghost story, Dagger Lane – set in countryside just north of York – in which a modern historian and his writer wife are haunted by events from the past.
In Moon Rising, 1880s Whitby forms the backdrop to a gripping tale of passion and possession. Amidst storms and shipwrecks, legends and folk tales, the genesis of Bram Stoker’s Dracula – and its aftermath – is gradually revealed.
Ann’s experiences at sea – and a chance encounter – led to the writing of her fifth novel, The Master’s Tale (2011) based on the life of Captain EJ Smith of the Titanic. In the novel, the Captain tells his story from beyond the grave, recalling lost loves and past achievements – and seeking his mistakes. The novel received a Rubery Award for independently-published books in 2012.
When she is not writing, Ann enjoys travelling, painting, and spending time with her family.
Ann Victoria Roberts can be contacted through her website http://annvictoriaroberts.co.uk
her Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/AnnVictoriaRoberts?ref=bookmarks#
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