Anna Belfrage

I was always going to be a writer - or a historian, preferably both. Instead I ended up with a degree in Finance, with very little time to spare for my favourite pursuit. Still, one does as one must, and in between juggling a challenging career I raised my four children on a potent combination of invented stories, historical debates and masses of good food and homemade cakes. They seem to thrive ...

Nowadays, I spend most of my spare time at my writing desk. The children are half grown, the house is at times eerily silent and I slip away into my imaginary world, with my imaginary characters. Every now and then the one and only man in my life pops his head in to ensure I'm still there. I like that - just as I like how he makes me laugh so often I'll probably live to well over a hundred.

I was always going to be a writer. Now I am.