This portrait is Julia Anne Welter taken at three years of age, a child with a child’s love for fantasy and life. This captures the love of life that the woman, Anne Parent, at age 61 still holds close to her heart.
During the intervening years, she married her soul mate and they raised three glorious children. She now has grandchildren, the twins and an 18-year-old son of her newest daughter-in-law. In addition, Anne’s son’s have had sons, Thomas and Aaron. She comes from a background of vital women, including a beloved grandmother, the last of the true Southern ladies. And, she stays in touch with her Southern roots through her best friend, Wanda, who happens to be the daughter of her mother’s best friend.
Anne now lives in Racine, Wisconsin and embraces the Midwestern culture. Her life experiences include banking and secretarial work from law offices in South Carolina to administrative levels at a private university in Indianapolis. She also taught English and American history at a private college preparatory school in Wisconsin. Anne began her journey into higher education at the age of 18 at the University of South Carolina (nursing, math, and journalism) before finally deciding she needed life lessons in order to decide on a career. She pursued engineering at Greenville Technical College, before figuring out this wasn’t the direction either, and studied at Butler University (couldn’t decide between English and journalism). She took some time to build more life lessons in raising children before deciding on her path, finally a degree in English from Indiana University – Indianapolis with a minor in American Studies, at the age of 45. A true late bloomer!
She is now a member of RWA (Romance Writers of America), RWA-WF (Romance Writers of America Women’s Fiction), and WisRWA (Wisconsin chapter of RWA), where she served as president. Currently, she is re-inventing her writing career with a move into contemporary fiction with a small Southern town. She is currently writing a series located in the imaginary town of Greyson, Tennessee.