Anna Ciddor was brought up in a house without television so she and her two younger sisters were very creative. They loved reading, writing, drawing and making up plays. One of their favourite activities was drawing pictures of characters on cards and acting out stories about them. Anna was fascinated by the past and when she was about ten years old, she started writing a novel about a boy in ancient Roman times…
Skip forward 50 years. Anna is now an award-winning author of almost 60 books covering topics as diverse as history, travel, fantasy, biography, and family history. And in her newest novel, The Boy Who Stepped Through Time (Allen and Unwin 2021) she finally finished her story about ancient Romans! It immediately hit the best-seller lists and was longlisted for the 2021 ARA HNSA Historical Novel Prize. In 2021 Anna also won the Nance Donkin Literary Award.
Anna’s meticulous work has been recognised by a grant from the Literature Board of the Australia Council, and three of her novels have been selected as Notable Books by the CBCA as well as being shortlisted for numerous other awards. They have been made into audio books and translated and published around the world.
Anna Ciddor is an inspiring presenter and loves sharing her knowledge of research, planning, drafts and editing.