Anna Dean

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Anna Dean (born 1956) is a novelist and short story writer. She is the author of the Dido Kent series of mystery novels.

Biography[edit]

Anna Dean was born in Cumberland (now part of Cumbria) in England in 1956. She moved to the Midlands as a child but as she grew older she became determined to return to the Lake District and, after a few years living in Wales, she moved back to Cumbria in 1984. She lives near Ambleside with her husband. [1]

Dean has worked as an assistant to a psychologist, she has worked for the National Trust, she has taught Creative Writing and worked for the Wordsworth Trust at Grasmere in the Lake District. [1] The one constant throughout her life has been her writing. She says, “I write compulsively. It all started with a mistake. When I was taught to write at the age of five I assumed that I must write books. By the time I realised my mistake and understood that it was not actually compulsory to create stories - the habit was too deeply ingrained to give up.” [2] Anna Dean has an MA in Creative Writing.

Literary Career[edit]

“Anna Dean” is a pen name adopted for the Dido Kent series of historical crime novels set in the Regency period – the time of Jane Austen. [3]

Under her ‘real name’, Marian Veevers, she published an historical novel, ‘Bloodlines’ in 1996. [3] [4] As Marian Veevers she has also written short stories and monologues for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Cumbria. [5]

The Dido Kent mysteries are written partly in the form of letters and Dean has a particular interest in old letters and documents. In 2002-2003, she worked as Writer in Residence for the Cumbria Archive Service where she developed the use of archive material as a source for creative writing. [3] [6]

Bibliography[edit]

As Anna Dean

As Marian Veevers

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Anna Dean". Allison & Busby. 2008. 
  2. ^ "Anna Dean author page". Amazon. 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "Anna Dean". Time to Read. 2010. 
  4. ^ "Marian Veevers". Fantastic Fiction. 2011. 
  5. ^ "BBC Cumbria". BBC. 2008. 
  6. ^ "Official website". Anna Dean. 2011. 

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