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Anna Mason

  • Northern Promise Award, 2005
Anna Mason

Born in Carlisle, Anna Mason finished university in Sheffield with a plan to travel while paying off student debts. She taught English in state schools in Taiwan, and signed up to a glamour modelling agency in London upon her return to the UK. For a couple of years she divided her time between London and Paris, where she was a dancer at Stringfellows nightclub. In 2003, Anna moved to the French Alps to run a mountain biking company with a partner. She trained in massage therapy, treating skiers and bikers and working in an Alpine spa.

Anna returned to Darlington in 2004. In 2005 she won a Northern Promise Award for a story she had written about the often funny and dramatic experiences she had living in Montmartre, Paris, with a group of other dancers. Also that year, she had a son, Charlie. Her job as a massage therapist for an agency specialising in the entertainments industry took her to music venues in the North East. After periods living in Mallorca and California, they currently live in Darlington, where Anna works as a spa therapist and is training to be a journalist.

The last novel she attempted was a real-life crime memoir of Marvin Herbert, an ex-armed robber who was shot five times in the street in Marbella in 2009, and survived.

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