About Anne

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Anne Nicholls began writing as Anne Gay. She changed the name after marrying  author Stan Nicholls. Her first published work of speculative fiction was the story Wishbone,which appeared in the Gollanz/Sunday Times Anthology of SF Competition Stories.  A slew of other stories was followed by her novel Mindsail.  This ran to four editions and reached the Sunday Times best-sellers list just above Dick Francis.  He was at #65 on the way down from #1, though. Other novels, The Brooch of Azure Midnight, Dancing on the Volcano and To Bathe in Lightning followed, receiving wonderful reviews including in the Daily Telegraph.

At the dawning of the age of connectivity Anne was lured into the web. Internet Service Provider LineOne hired her to edit The SciFi Zone, which she did for four years, relishing the privilege of interviewing luminaries such as Terry Pratchett.  She was delighted to present the Karl Edward Wagner Lifetime Achievement Award to Anne McCaffrey, who revealed that she always ordered signed copies of Anne Gay’s books.

LineOne became Tiscali.  Now Anne, with her degree-level training in counselling, became their agony aunt.  As TalkTalk they’re still using her problem pages fifteen years later. The Department for Education, Schools and Families invited her to be their online agony aunttoo.

Between well over 150 radio and TV appearances and dozens of features in the British and American press, Anne has also found time to write two self-help books.  The print editions of Make Love Work For You have sold in English, Spanish, Swedish and Chinese.  The e-book editions of this and Is Your Family Driving You Mad? came out in July 2015. Her collection of short stories Music from the Fifth Planet was launched at the wonderful Novacon 45, where she was joint Guest of Honour with Stan.

For the last seven years Anne has been active in the David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy(where the prize-winners are chosen by international vote).

Anne has had two exhibitions of her paintings on the subject of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and has begun to sell some of her art and ceramics.

Anne Nicholls began writing as Anne Gay. She changed the name after marrying  author Stan Nicholls. Her first published SF work was the story Wishbone, which appeared in theGollanz/Sunday Times Anthology of SF Competition Stories.  A slew of other stories was followed by her novel Mindsail.  This ran to four editions and reached the Sunday Times best-sellers list just above Dick Francis.  He was at #65 on the way down from #1, though. Other novels, The Brooch of Azure Midnight, Dancing on the Volcano and To Bathe in Lightning followed, receiving wonderful reviews including in the Daily Telegraph.

At the dawning of the age of connectivity Anne was lured into the web. Internet Service Provider LineOne hired her to edit The SciFi Zone, which she did for four years, relishing the privilege of interviewing luminaries such as Terry Pratchett.  She was delighted to present the Karl Edward Wagner Lifetime Achievement Award to Anne McCaffrey, who revealed that she always ordered signed copies of Anne Gay’s books.

During her many years as an online agony aunt Anne continued to write science fiction, though with more emphasis on soft rather than hard science. She also spoke at the Sci-Fi London Film Festival in its first couple of years.

Between well over 150 radio and TV appearances and dozens of features in the British and American press, Anne has also found time to write two self-help books which have been published in four continents.

For the last seven years Anne has been active in the David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy(www.gemmellawards.com), where the prize-winners are chosen by international vote. She has had two exhibitions of her paintings and poetry on the subject of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and continues to enjoy writing. Her collection of short stories Music From the Fifth Planet was published by Alchemy Press last year to coincide with her being joint Guest of Honour (with Stan Nicholls) at Novacon 45.