Anne M. Belen went to college to become a Kindergarten teacher and came out a parole officer. A caseload of high-risk offenders left her sufficiently jaded, so she slapped her gun and shield on the desk, and went to find her joy again in writing.

Since then, Anne has snagged awards in contests like the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence, the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s Annual Literary Contest, and the Pikes Peak Zebulon Awards.

She helped organize and run the PNWA’s annual conference from 2007 – 2014, and now spends her non-writing time baking for her daughter’s school fundraisers and offering terrible, unsolicited advice to her eight siblings. She is a fourth-generation Seattlite and refuses to give up her umbrella no matter how much it makes her look like a tourist.

You can find Anne hosting the podcast Your Writing Does Not Suck, which features editor Jessica Petersen and author Tracey Shearer.

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