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Anne Weale  [Edit]
Associated Names
Andrea Blake
Jay Blakeney
Name (in native language)
Birth Place
England, UK
Birth Date
June 20, 1929
Last Updated
April 28th, 11:10pm PST
Jay Blakeney was born on June 20, 1929. Her great-grandfather was a well-known writer on moral theology, so perhaps she inherited her writing gene from him. She was "talking stories" to herself long before she could read. When she was still at school, she sold her first short stories to a woman's magazine and she feels she was destined to write. Deciding to became a writer, she started writing for newspapers and magazines.
At 21, Jay was a newspaper reporter with a career plan, but the man she was wildly in love with announced that he was off to the other side of the world. He thought they should either marry or say goodbye. She always believed that true love could last a lifetime, and she felt that wonderful men were much harder to find than good jobs, so she put her career on hold. What a wise decision it was!
Together they traveled the world. If she hadn't spent part of her bridal year living on the edge of a jungle in Malaysia, she might never have become a romance writer. That isolated house, and the perils of the state of emergency that existed in the country at that time, gave her a background and plot ideally suited to a genre she had never read until she came across some romances in the library of a country club they sometimes visited. She can write about love with the even stronger conviction that comes from experience.
When they returned to Europe, Jay resumed her career as a journalist, writing her first romance in her spare time. She sold her first novel as Anne Weale to Mills and Boon in 1955 at the age of 24. At 30, with seven books published, she "retired" to have a baby and become a full-time writer. She raised a delightful son, David, who is as adventurous as his father.
She was a founding member of the The Romantic Novelists' Association. In 2002, she published her last novel, in total, she wrote 88 novels. She also wrote under the pseudonym Andrea Blake. She loved setting her novels in exotic parts of the world, but specially in The Caribbean and in her beloved Spain. She loved walking, reading, sketching, sewing (curtains and slipcovers) and doing needlepoint, gardening, entertaining friends, visiting art galleries and museums, writing letters, surfing the Net, traveling in search of exciting locations for future books, eating delicious food and drinking good wine, cataloguing her books.
Passed away October 24th, 2007.
Blood Type
Josei(6)  Romance(6) 
Official Website
Series Title (Click for series info)   Genre   Year
Ai no Request   Josei, Romance   1998
Ai wa Tsumi yori mo Fukaku   Josei, Romance   2014
Ima wa Otona no Koi   Josei, Romance   2014
Koi ni Koishita Ato wa   Josei, Romance   2007
Maou kara no Dengon   Josei, Romance   2016
Venezia no Hikari no Naka de   Josei, Romance   2015
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