Anne Blankman may have been meant to be a writer because her parents named her for Anne of Green Gables. She grew up in an old house with gables (gray, unfortunately) in upstate New York. When she wasn't writing or reading, she was rowing on the crew team, taking ballet lessons, fencing and swimming. She graduated from Union College with degrees in English and history, which comes in handy when she writes historical fiction.

Photograph by Peter Blankman

After earning a master's degree in information science, Anne began working as a youth services librarian. Currently, she lives in Richmond, Virginia with her family. When she's not writing young adult fiction, she's playing with her daughter, training for races with her husband, working at her amazing library branch, learning to knit (badly), and reading.

Anne Blankman's debut novel, PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG, was named a "Flying Start" by Publishers Weekly and a Sydney Taylor Notable Book by the Association of Jewish Libraries. The sequel, CONSPIRACY OF BLOOD AND SMOKE, was a National Jewish Book Award Finalist and a Romantic Times Top Pick. Her next novel, a YA romantic historical adventure titled TRAITOR ANGELS, will be released on May 3, 2016. Anne is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.