ANNE MARIE DUQUETTE - AUTHOR & PHOTOGRAPHER
The granddaughter of two coal miners, Anne Marie Duquette was raised all over the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, with a healthy appreciation for the richness of the land, wildlife, and its beauty. Her love of the earth’s treasures grew during her many travels as the daughter of a U.S. Air Force pilot and Air Force nurse, the wife of a now-retired career Navy Chief Petty Officer Hospital Corpsman, and as a Navy veteran herself. Different landscapes and people sparked her interest in the arts, especially writing and photography, as a way of keeping track of her varied experiences as a “military brat.”
She obtained a degree in Mass Communications (Journalism, TV, Film) from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and set out for Hollywood. But apart from an un-produced treatment sale to Paramount Studios for Star Trek – The Next Generation, her fate seemed to lie in the books she so loved to read. In 1987 she made her first sale to Harlequin Romances, her primary publisher of 25 books.
As her children grew, she went back to school to obtain her Associate of Arts degree in Silversmithing at Palomar College in San Marcos, California, and discovered that the creative process for writing works for jewelry making as well. But it's writing about the great outdoors and photography that keeps her in touch with the land she loves.
An animal lover and past/present owner of horses, dogs, a cat, birds, guinea pigs and chinchillas, she is now "mom" to a rescued dachshund. She works to blend all the varied experiences of her life with her fictional stories. Anne Marie is still married to her Navy Corpsman, the long ago stranger who first put a cast on her broken leg. They have two grown children and three grandchildren, all residing in Southern California.
She's also married to her annual pass for Disneyland! And dog lover that she is, PLUTO is her favorite character!
Her MiniGems site is full of free complete dog-centered fiction as a thank-you to her many loyal readers. Anne Marie hopes you enjoy reading her stories as much as she enjoys writing them.