Ann Robson was born and raised in South Africa. As a newspaper columnist, she worked with Donald Woods, whose story was portrayed in the movie, CRY FREEDOM. She now lives in California, but Africa will always be close to her heart.
MARULA RIDGE is her first novel. An excerpt recently won a Writers' Digest Short Story Award, and the online literary magazine, Shelf Unbound, has named it one of the100 most notable independently-published books of 2015.
She is currently working on two new novels, one set in Mexico, and the other in Mozambique. You can find her on the web at AnnRobson-Author.com.
When Barry, the on-again-off-again boyfriend I met when I was fifteen, attended a course in the United States, he asked if I'd like to come along. Well, goodbye newspaper, hello New York. When Barry returned home, I stayed on, sleeping on the floor of a generous friend of a friend.
Out of money and missing home, I flew back to South Africa. First night home, Barry took me to dinner and proposed - again. This time I was ready. We were married a month later. We spent our honeymoon in Mozambique, one of our favorite places, and the setting for my third novel, SEARCHING FOR A SHADOW.
When Barry was offered a job at Scripps Institute of Oceanography in California, we had two children under the age of six. We raised them in San Diego. I worked for a defense contractor, writing, editing and illustrating proposals. We camped every summer across the Western United States and in Baja, Mexico - the setting for my second novel GUADALUPE'S GIFT.
Now retired with two grown children, a daughter-in-law and two grandsons, Barry and I are free to do what we love. We're still traveling. I'm also writing and doing yoga, Barry's painting and swimming, and we're both gardening and babysitting. Life is good. Very good.
I was born in South Africa and grew up during the Apartheid years. I spent many happy summers on my uncle's farm - the setting for my first book, MARULA RIDGE.
At twenty-one, I sailed to England and spent a year hitch-hiking around Britain and the Continent. It was the most exciting and educational year of my life.
Back in South Africa, I got a job on a newspaper. I wrote two weekly columns, surprised that I actually had a talent for writing. The Editor, Donald Woods, was later placed under house arrest for his anti-Government stance. His story was portrayed in the movie, Cry Freedom.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME
Luis Alberto Urrea Hummingbird’s Daughter
Isabel Allende The Island Beneath the Sea, House of Spirits, Daughter of Fortunte
Donna Tartt The Goldfinch, The Little Friend,
Anthony Doerr All the Light We Cannot See
Jess Walter Beautiful Ruins
Richard Russo Empire Falls
E.L. Doctorow The March, Ragtime, Homer and Langley
Henning Menkel The White Lioness, Italian Shoes
Alexandra Fuller Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight
Carolina De Robertis Invisible Mountain
Carlos Luis Zafon The Shadow of the Wind
Erin Morgenstern The Night Circus
Greg Hurwitz The Crime Writer
Ann Tyler Accidental Tourist, Breathing Lessons, A Spool of Blue Thread
Sue Monk Kidd Secret Lives of Bees, The Invention of Wings
Barbara Kingsolver The Lacuna, Poisonwood Bible, Pigs in Heaven, Animal Dreams, The Bean Trees
Tana French In the Woods, Faithful Place, Broken Harbor, The Likeness
Ann Patchett Bel Canto, The Magician’s Assistant, State of Wonder