Who am I and why do I write?

I’m just a crazy mum, writing and doing the washing!

I live in the South East of England in a lovely little town by the sea and when I’m not battling the never ending pile of washing, I spend my time writing, running around after my kids, and walking our King Charles Spaniel, Wotsit, and our three-legged rescue dog, Skips.

Writing has been a dream of mine since I was little. I wrote my first story about a mermaid when I was 9 and was thoroughly delighted to show it off to my teacher, having written a whopping four whole pages, complete with illustrations.

After a couple of life-changing experiences (redundancy and losing my lovely cousin to cancer at just 25) I rediscovered my passion and knew I had to get serious about making my dreams come true.

I took a chance on Twitter and pitched my novel, and in January 2018, I was lucky enough to secure a deal with HQ Digital part of HarperCollins, ! I couldn’t believe it was happening to me!

My debut novel The Little Theatre on the Seafront was shortlisted for the Katie Fforde Debut Novel of the Year 2019 Award and since then lots more books have followed, including Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage, and my Swallowtail Bay series. 2021 took you to the English countryside and a sweet village called Meadowbank.

I now write as Annabel French for Avon/HarperCollins writing escapist romantic fiction set in dreamy destinations! Check out the Annabel French page to find out more!

And after Queen Elizabeth II died, I took a foray into royal historical fiction and have been writing The Palace Girls series as Emma Royal since 2023.


Do you love funny, feel-good love stories too?

I love writing romantic comedies with all the feels! Uplifting, humourous, escapist fiction with perfect happy ever afters are my specialty, so for more information on the books I’ve written so far, check out my Publications page where you can find the blurbs and buy links or go straight to the Shop!

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‘Fun, funny, intelligent, heartwarming and heartfelt…Absolutely five stars from me!’

Belinda Missen, Author