Anna Crowley Redding has wanted to be a writer since elementary school. From poems to journals to made-up tales about quirky characters on crazy adventures, she always had a story going. Tucked away in an unmarked box in her garage, Anna still has her diary from age 12. (But the diary is locked and she lost the tiny key long ago.)
When Anna wasn’t writing, she was busy asking people lots and lots and lots of questions. She could usually be found sniffing out trouble, drama, and interesting tidbits—so she could then tell everyone what she’d discovered.
These tendencies (some say curious, others say nosy) led her straight to the nearest newsroom—a place full of other prying, question-asking, chatty writers. As an investigative TV reporter, Anna reported on consumer scams, forest fires, crime, protests, crazy weather and much, much more. She even got to meet President Jimmy Carter (who she voted for in her Weekly Reader at age 5). Anna received multiple Edward R. Murrow awards and was recognized by the Associated Press. An Emmy award brought the chance to walk a real red carpet and thank her Dad for putting up with her!
Then she became a mom to two boys (who are also chatty, inquisitive fellas). And one day while encouraging them to follow their dreams… she felt the unmistakable tug of her own long-forgotten dream: becoming a children’s writer.
And so Anna set out on a new adventure—using her stealthy detective skills to dig up stories for young people. From history to technology to current events and super cool science (including how you can make power from poop), Anna’s days are spent in writer heaven, writing for young readers.
Anna and her family live outside of Portland, Maine. Anna is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.
COMING SOON! Anna’s debut young adult nonfiction GOOGLE IT! is headed to a bookstore near you Spring 2018! Two other picture books will hit the shelves in 2019, both featuring amazing unsung heroes.