Anna Jones Buttimore was born in Essex, England, and went to University in North Wales (English Literature, 2:1 hons) where she met her first husband, Ioan Jones, who was briefly a Church in Wales Vicar. They had three daughters but divorced in 2004, whereupon Anna moved back to Essex with the girls. She married Roderic Buttimore in August 2006. She has worked for LawCare (www.lawcare.org.uk) since 1998.
Religion-wise, she was raised in a Christian family and became a born-again Christian at the age of 14. She went to a variety of churches, mostly Anglican and/or Evangelical, for the next twenty years or so, but eventually became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Her favorite writers are Kerry Blair, Stephanie Black, Terry Pratchett, Alexander McCall Smith, Stephenie Meyer and Bill Bryson.
Anna enjoys anything to do with science fiction and fantasy. Her favorite film is Galaxy Quest and she loves Stargate, Star Trek, and pretty much anything with aliens in it. She enjoys:
– having long, very hot bubble baths and then sleeping for ten hours or more
– Radio 2, especially Chris Evans and Simon Mayo
– eating – especially curry and chocolate
– Rock music – Muse, Queen, Def Leppard, Magnum and assorted others. The louder, the better.
– staying in nice hotels, preferably with a good pool and spa
– cross-stitch, although she’s not very good at it
– going to the gym
– going to Florida. Planning to be a snowbird one day.
She doesn’t like:
– misplaced apostrophe’s (sic) – she always corrects them, even if it’s technically vandalism
– smoking – should be illegal
– alcohol – ditto
– wasps (see camping)
– British weather (see camping)
Description: Hoping to escape his grief over the loss of his beautiful wife Heather, Michael Boyd leaves behind his New York precinct – and his gun – to embark on a police-exchange program. As a police officer in rural North Wales, he is struck by the tenacity and resourcefulness of Catrin Pritchard, a single mother with a frightening past. It appears that her brother Seth is involved in drug dealing and something much bigger.
After Seth’s sudden death, Michael is forced to overcome Catrin’s hostility and her wariness to trust anyone, especially a man. Michael vows to protect her and her young daughter from the unknown assailants trying to silence them, and he and Catrin must decipher the meaning of the mysterious code etched on the back of a valuable oil painting.
As the threats and terror escalate, Michael finds himself betrayed by those closest to him even the Heather he remembers and realizes Catrin was right not to trust anyone. But when they find themselves trapped in an underground cave with the tide rising, one of those people is their only hope for escape.
After surviving a tumultuous wedding day, all Rodney and Claire Hewlett want is to enjoy a relaxing honeymoon on a luxurious island. But when one of the locals chases them through town and ransacks their hotel room, relaxing is the last thing on the newlyweds’ minds, especially when they discover one of their suitcases has been replaced with a case full of cash. Now on the run, Rodney and Claire have no one to turn to except Claire’s philandering French ex-husband.
In Honeymoon Heist veteran author Anna Jones Buttimore crafts a hilarious and thrilling tale that will take you by plane, train and boat across Europe on an adrenaline-pumping ride that doesn’t slow down until the very last page.
Description: LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND, 1850: When Mr. Wilson, a Mormon missionary, arrives in the rural parish of Easterfield, Catherine Waters finds herself intrigued by both the message he brings and his relationship to her reclusive and aristocratic neighbor. Through Mr. Wilson, Catherine is drawn into the strange world of Easterfield Hall, where both her cousin and sister find forbidden love, and Catherine uncovers secrets that change her entire outlook on their peaceful life. After Mr. Wilson is called back to Utah, the dashing Dr. Davenport is on hand to offer love, security, and help in piecing together Catherine’s fragmenting life. As she experiences gut-wrenching fear, hopeless love, and the loss of all she once thought important, she learns that the things that matter are eternal.
Description: Over the years, Gwen Anderton’s quaint bed and breakfast has served as a vacation spot, an escape, a fortress, a haven. For each guest it is something different, tied to their very personal reasons for being there. Her current guests are no exception.
Anna Jones has written an exciting and thoroughly satisfying novel about a very special place where dreams are renewed, peace is discovered, and where lives are changed—A World Away.
Description: An Enchanting Story of Unexpected Discoveries and New Beginnings.
As a young woman, Gwen Evans turned her parents’ old farmhouse in north Wales into a cozy bed-and-breakfast. As she shares her simple LDS faith with her guests, their lives are touched in lasting ways. Megan and Charlotte are her first LDS guests, who come to do genealogy even though their comfortable lives at home in Utah are threatening to dissolve.
Gwen’s other guests include a small English family, whose father has suffered a devastating loss, and three young cousins who are hiking through Europe together despite their long-held mutual animosity.
Then there is Edward Anderton, a widower who has returned to Haven many times over the years, drawn to Gwen’s warmth and cheer. But can she return his affections when she is determined only to marry a man who shares her faith?
Author Anna Jones has created an exquisite and tender first novel, about one woman’s ability to reach out to others-and the gifts of love she receives in return.
Projects Anna is currently working on:
– Christmas at Haven is the third and final book in the Haven trilogy, and tells of Gwen’s last Christmas at her beloved Welsh cottage, and the challenges brought over the festive season by a new set of guests, including a Hollywood star and Edward’s antagonistic son Ian.
[To be published by Walnut Springs Press; date not yet decided.]
– Emon and the Emperor is Anna’s first foray into fantasy, and tells of a misfit young man who discovers that he has been bred for a special purpose.
[Completed, submitted to agent.]
– The Saved Saint tells the story of a mother and son and how their relationship changes and develops when the formerly LDS son is “saved” in an evangelical church. [Undergoing editing, to be published Autumn 2012.]
– Finders Keepers is a comedy about four single friends in competition to find the perfect guy. [7,000 words written.]
– Blackwood is a gothic horror novel for older children and tells of orphaned sisters Prudence, Patience, Temperance and Chastity who run an unusual antique shop. [14,000 words written.]