Anne Brooker James was born in Tampa, Florida, to pioneer families. She began writing when she was six and never stopped. She raised two daughters, worked as a journalist and food columnist, and opened the highly successful Anna’s Deli on Siesta Key Beach, Florida. She and her husband, Robert Camp Ray, lived for a few years on Spring Island, near Beaufort, South Carolina, where the incredible beauty of the Lowcountry, the Gullah Geechee, and their culture spoke to her heart. After her husband’s death, she began writing The Marsh Bird. She has enjoyed an interesting life and still thrives in nature. THE MARSH BIRD is her first novel.