While still in her teens, Anna DePalo began her first novel. She wishes she could say that this early manuscript went on to receive numerous accolades and to bring her fame and fortune. Instead, that first attempt—well, all three pages of it—hit the trash heap, and she understood why many authors throughout history have burned their papers for posterity.
Anna went on to live in Italy and England, graduate from Harvard, earn an advanced degree in political science, practice intellectual property law, and marry the man of her dreams. She and her husband settled down in the middle of Manhattan, not far from her lifelong home in Brooklyn and her extended Italian-American family.
One day, Anna decided to give fiction writing another try, believing that having done some more living would help her tell the truth about life in the pages of made-up stories. This time she didn’t stop at three pages—or even ninety-three. Writing during weekends and evenings, after working long days as an attorney, she finally typed her first “The End.” That first finished manuscript, Having the Tycoon’s Baby, soon sold to Silhouette Books, became a best-seller and award-winner, and has been published in nine countries to date.
These days, Anna has happily traded a lawyer’s navy-blue suits for a full-time writer’s blue jeans and is given to toasting new story beginnings while ensconced in front of her home-office computer. She and her husband and baby son live in Brooklyn.