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Anna was born in Somerset of a Welsh family. She was educated at Cambridge and Bristol universities, has lived and worked around the world in a variety of teaching and volunteer positions and has had many happy years as a secondary English teacher in the UK. Anna continues to teach and also to mentor young people, is a mental health campaigner and advocate, editor, poet and essayist and writes reviews, features and narratuve non-fiction for Writers and Artists, Litro, Review31, Contemporary Small Press, LossLit, Visual Verse and The Shadow Booth (both memoir and flash fiction).
Killing Hapless Ally is her first novel. It's a richly literary black comedy and draws on many episodes in her own life, some of which may startle the reader, who may never look at piano teachers, boiled eggs or caravans in the same way again after reading the book! Importantly, Anna is robust about discussing the mental health challenges she has faced, kid up, because to do to do otherwise does a disservice to those who have yet to recover or find appropriate help. Those challenges are all in the book and, while she hopes the novel entertains, just maybe....it will console, cheer and prove a friend to someone who feels lost or lonely, too.
Anna's second work of long-form fiction, novella The Life of Almost, will be published August 31st 2018; her third, Saving Lucia, by Bluemoose Books in January 2020, and she is writing her fourth novel, The Hollows. She blogs at www.annavaughtwrites.com and you might be or know a young person who would benefit from this: https://annavaughtwrites.com/the-fabian-bursary-announcing/