Annie Murray was born in 1961 in Berkshire, and took her degree in English at St John's College, Oxford. Her first job took her to Birmingham where she met and married her husband, John. They have four children.
In 1991 she won a SHE-Granada TV Short Story competition and was taken on by an agent. Her first novel, Birmingham Rose was published in 1995. This has been followed by several other bestselling Birmingham sagas including, most recently, The Narrowboat Girl, Chocolate Girls and Water Gypsies.