Anja Fröhlich was born in 1964 and spent half of her childhood in sunny Rome and the other half in chilly Sauerland, Germany. After finishing school with her Abitur (A levels) in her pocket, she studied film, history of art and psychology in Cologne. She was employed as a film editor and advertising copywriter until her son, Leon, released her from all firm commitments when he was born in 1995. Anja Fröhlich has been working as a freelance copywriter, journalist and author ever since. She published her first novel in 2001.