Anna Stothard was born in 1983. At the age of 16 she was writing novellas and a regular column called 'Teenage Kicks' for The Observer. That summer she worked on Tina Brown's Talk Magazine in New York for a month; it was at this time that she started to write Isabel and Rocco. At the age of eighteen Anna closed her first publishing deal for Isabel and Rocco.
Anna is the daughter of Peter Stothard, ex-editor of The Times and currently editor of the TLS. Her mother is the critically acclaimed novelist Sally Emerson. She is currently spending her gap year in Italy and China before going up to Oxford in autumn 2003.