I have been telling stories since I was a little girl. I would entertain my cousins for hours outside my grandparents' house with ghost tales and funny, long jokes. I've always loved to read and, in college, the two loves merges into my deisre to become a writer. I had to wait a long time to pursue my passion as I had to help support and raise three sons. I taught high school and college, assisted a dermatologist, worked in a jewelry store, counted billboards, and took various other part-time jobs to keep everything together, not to mention writing articles book reviews, ad copy -- anything to keep writing those stories that haunt me. Finally, at thirty-seven, I was able to devote much more time to writing. About fifteen years of hard work later, my first book was published. It's been a long road, but the journey was worth every minute.
Anne Clive Barnhill has published short stories, poetry, a memoir, and hundreds of articles and book reviews over the last twenty years. Barnhill has taught writing in a variety of venues and has been the keynote speaker for numerous events. She lives in North Caroline.
[both notes from At the Queen's Mercy (2012)]