Anne Broyles grew up in Tuscon, Arizona. As a child, she loved to read, make up stories about her stuffed animals and dolls, ride her bike, and spend time outside. Books were always at the center of her life, and her mother used to joke that even though the family traveled to interesting places in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, Anne never saw any of them because she always had her nose in a book.
After graduating from the University of Arizona, Anne attended the Garret-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Chicago, where she trained to become a United Methodist minister. She served as pastor at churches in Los Angeles and Malibu.
Anne retired from the ministry in 1999 to write for children full time. Anne is the author of many books, including Shy Mama's Halloween (Tilbury House), a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. Anne discovered Priscilla's story while researching the Cherokee Trail of Tears for a young adult novel she was writing.
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