The author was born in Comox, British Columbia; raised in Powell River; and now lives in Abbotsford. Anita has always written, beginning with children’s stories when she was a teenager and eventually hosting a personal column for a number of years with the Powell River News. In 2008 Anita was injured in a horrific traffic accident in the jungles of Belize; nearing the end of her almost two year hospitalization, Anita picked up her pen once again. Long divorced with two children, she had remarried and traveled extensively through Mexico, USA, Japan, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Europe. On a cherished month-plus on Crete, she was able to indulge her lifelong passion in history. She was widowed shortly after then later traveled back to Italy and fulfilled a long-held desire to visit Egypt.
A lover of piano and opera, Anita also enjoyed many years with her string bass in a school then community band and continues to enjoy her piano. She has done many things, from being a grocery store clerking to a model and to a night guard at the local lockup to telecommunications representative, but writing remains a constant hobby. The author will sometimes use “big” words in the belief that children need to be exposed to a better usage of English. She carefully researches her stories and attempts to also educate about animals in her writings. Although her stories are all about animals, Anita has owned only two cats in her life, Snowy and DC, both of whom died unnatural deaths. The love and empathy she felt for both pets colour her writing today.