Anna (which is her real first name) was a bookworm almost since birth and was recognized as a writing PRO by Romance Writers of America in 2002. An active member of Willamette Writers, RWA and the Rose City Romance Writers. Anna grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Philadelphia’s, University of the Arts where she majored in Illustration. She pursued a successful and versatile career in children’s book illustration, graphic arts, publications and public relations in Southern California before being lured to the Oregon wilderness by her desire to write and her former-Navy Seal husband.
Moving to Oregon in 1995 with her spouse and two young children at that time, aged five and eight, she began pursuing her dreams to write professionally while at the same time adjusting to "country" life which is a story unto itself -- to be shared another time (Writings and Musings).
Anna's debut novel, ‘The Songbird with Sapphire Eyes’ first began as a series of dreams that so haunted her they became a personal quest to explore possible past life memories. The journey was both eerie and exciting and the manuscript finaled and won second place in the Women’s Fiction category of the 2006 Tara Awards.
Anna is inspired to write about interesting characters whose lives
take them on journeys we can all enjoy and perhaps learn something meaningful from.
A wife, mother and doting new grandmother of two– Anna's daughter works in the dental profession and is happily married to a wonderful guy who recently served in Iraq and is now back and working towards his college degree. Her son is attending college in California and pursuing his own writing and film-making dreams. This former city girl and her country boy husband live on 45 wooded acres in one of Oregon’s enchanted forests. Their log home contains an interesting collection of Flapper and Prohibition memorabilia inspired by her first novel and an animal menagerie of one pug, one cat, one horse, two wolf-hybrids, a red-tailed hawk named Lucky and a feisty but lovable African grey parrot named Warlock.
Struggling to unravel the secrets of her father’s past while coming to terms with her own, a young woman finds a hidden treasure containing a brooch reputed to have the power to connect the living to the dead. Tying into her debut novel, ‘The Songbird With Sapphire Eyes’ and the sequel, ‘Anthony’s Angel’, Anna Brentwood’s newest historical the ‘Mermaid’s Treasure’ is the unabridged version of a story that first appeared in the Windtree Press Anthology, ‘The Gift of Christmas.’ Truth is expertly woven with fiction into a riveting story about a sunken Russian battleship, a failed mission, a mysterious treasure, family legacies, the holiday season and learning to believe in the magic of love.
Speakeasies! Gangsters! Flappers!
In 1918, Kansas City is Sin City. Forced to leave home at age fourteen, beautiful Hannah Glidden struggles to survive but with help from her childhood friend, Meg, mistress to a wealthy man and the irrepressible, flapper extraordinaire, Rosie, she thrives as a cabaret singer.
The early 20's roared. Fortunes were made or lost in a single night, and criminals mingled with kings. Neither the government nor prohibition could stop the flow of alcohol or the lure of the "good life". Handsome rum runner, Johnny Gallo is part of New York's large growing criminal empire where the sky is the limit. The ruthless Gallo has a knack for knowing the right people, and a single-minded devotion to getting what he wants. And, he wants Hannah.
Hannah goes with Johnny to Al Capone's Chicago and eventually to Brooklyn, New York where she basks in the glamourous shadow world of gangsters and their gals. Johnny becomes a force to be reckoned with but in time the free-spirited Hannah clashes with her controlling lover.
She faces the dark side of her dreams but dares to defy Johnny despite the dangers and unwittingly discovers that for her, dying might be the only true path to freedom after all.