About Anne

Born in Hawaii, author Anne Bustard is still a beach girl at heart. If she could, she would walk by the ocean every day, wear flip-flops, and eat nothing but fresh pineapple, macadamia nuts and chocolate. Growing up, Anne took years of hula lessons and spent many happy hours wearing a facemask and breathing through a snorkel. Her small sea glass collection from childhood is one of her most treasured possessions.

Anne loves school. And she has a lot of degrees to prove it. Three came from the University of Texas at Austin (BS, MLIS, PhD). Her most recent one, and she believes her last, is an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Children’s books have always been central to her life. When she taught in elementary schools and universities, she always used literature. Anne co-owned Toad Hall Children’s Bookstore in Austin, Texas, too. As a bookseller, she loved opening up new boxes of books, telling others about them and running a summer writing program for children.

Anne is the author of non-fiction works for young readers including the award-winning Buddy: The Story of Buddy Holly (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers).

catHer debut middle grade historical novel Anywhere but Paradise (Egmont USA), set in Hawaii in 1960, was published in April 2015.

Anne lives in Austin, Texas, where she is a part of the vibrant writing community. She shares her writing space with her feral cat, Sweet Baby James.