Anne O’Brien gained a BA Hons. in History and an M. Ed., teaching history for a number of years in the East Riding of Yorkshire, before deciding to fulfil her ambition to write historical fiction. She now lives in an eighteenth century timbered cottage with her husband in the Welsh Marches in Herefordshire, a wild, beautiful area renowned for its black and white houses, ruined castles and priories, and magnifcent churches. Steeped in history, famous people and bloody deeds, as well as ghost and folklore, the Marches provide her with inspiration for her interest in medieval England. Her novel Virgin Widow, the story of Anne Neville, wife to Richard III, was long-listed for the 2011 Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the RNA. She is in process of completing a novel of Alice Perrers, notorious mistress of Edward III, which will be published in 2012.