The Shorter Version
Anitha Rao-Robinson is a children’s author. Her debut picture book, A Family For Faru, was released in 2020. She has also written a young adult trilogy. Broken Worlds, was published in 2014, followed by Broken Promises (2017) and Broken Dreams (2019). Anitha graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, with a Bachelor of Commerce, and then went on to become a Chartered Accountant. Accounting satisfies her strange attraction to numbers and organization, while writing allows her imagination to soar! She lives on a farm in Ontario with her husband, two children, and their many wonderful animals. Anitha is represented by Tanusri Prasanna.
The Longer Version
I was born in Toronto, Ontario and lived there until I was seven, when my family moved to a nearby suburb.
The greatest gift my parents gave me was instilling a love for all animals. Just before I turned six, a beautiful persian cat joined our family.
And since then, animals have always been a part of my life—dogs, cats, horses (there was even an incident with a squirrel coming inside one day to feast on some nuts).
I now live in the country with my family which includes many wonderful animals. I’m really lucky my husband reacts like this (excited and happy) whenever I find another four-legged friend to take in.
Which he did when Poppy and Roo joined our family!
One of my greatest joys is seeing my children share my love of animals. It’s no wonder that my daughter plans to turn our country property into an animal sanctuary one day.
As far back as I can remember, I’ve also loved writing. Short stories, poems, and now novels. A highlight was when my son took one of my poems, transformed it into a song, and performed it!
Though I became a Chartered Accountant, I’m thrilled I get to spend part of most days writing stories for children about animals and the environment. I love creating stories where readers step inside the paws of endangered animals, so they can see, feel, and touch the world as these animals do.