Anneli Lort lived with a charming cast of characters in her head for a number of years before she found the time to sit down and bring them to life in the Appleton Vale series. Once she put pen to paper her imagination was free to create a character driven world of contemporary romance that is both heartwarming and engaging.
In a public relations career that spanned more than two decades Anneli worked for some of the world’s biggest sporting companies. With this came an access-all-areas pass to some of the greatest sports events on the planet where she saw for herself the tension, drama and emotions that were played out behind the scenes.
While TV audiences around the world watched the sporting excitement unfold, she was there to witness first-hand what really happened before and afterwards – the untold stories the rest of the world never got to see. Using this unique insight into the tangled lives and loves of professional athletes Anneli developed the idea that eventually became The Sweet Spot.
Anneli lives in a village much like her fictional creation - Appleton Vale - that is nestled against the foothills of the South Downs. She spends her days working in brand communications, writing, walking the dogs – Hector and Milo – and riding her New Forest Pony Henry. The dogs share the house; the horse has his own rather spacious accommodation.
She is currently using her wealth of experience to write the follow-up books to The Sweet Spot.