Anne grew up in the Midlands, knowing that she wanted to “learn languages, travel a lot and write a book.” At university she studied German and Russian, spending time at Voronezh State University in the former Soviet Union and working in a German chocolate factory. After completing a postgraduate degree, Anne worked for ten years as a business researcher in various City jobs. This included work at a corporate investigations company where she was responsible for researching and writing reports on businessmen under investigation, whetting her appetite for biography writing.
When Anne saw the Boldini portrait of Lady Colin Campbell in the National Portrait Gallery in late 1994, she was as captivated as the visitors today and decided to do some digging. She soon found out that Lady Colin Campbell was her forerunner as an independent, professional woman, and that they had similar interests in travel, sport and the arts. After initial research at weekends and holidays, Anne decided to take time off work and transfer her investigative skills to telling the story of Lady Colin Campbell's life.
The quest for information took Anne to numerous libraries and archives around the UK and the world. She visited Scotland, Ireland, Italy and India, wandering through graveyards and ruins, castles and churches, and wading through hundreds of letters, books, official papers and dusty tomes.
Anne has become an expert on the life of this fascinating woman. She has written articles for The OScholars and NewsStead, and was invited to write the entry on Lady Colin Campbell for the Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism. She has given talks to local history societies and the Sohemian Society, advised on the portrayal of Lady Colin Campbell in dramatic productions, and assists academics, institutions and other interested parties with their enquiries about her.
When not chasing Lady Colin Campbell, Anne lives in Devon by the sea.