Annabelle Steele is a primary school teacher. She lives in Manchester with her husband and son. She’s been writing poetry and YA and children’s fiction since her own primary school days. Her books explore mental health, relationships, and the realities of being part of a minority group living in the UK. Her writing includes Black protagonists. Annabelle recognises that there are still not enough positive Black characters in bookshops for children and teens to relate to.
She’s passionate about supporting those struggling with mental health and in 2017 she published an adult colouring book called Positivity Ink with all proceeds from sales going to MIND charity.
In 2020, Annabelle got a book deal with Hashtag Blak, a publishing company that aims to showcase the best under-represented voices. Hashtag Blak aims to make publishing fair, inclusive, representative, and equal.
Her debut novel Being Amani will be released in 2021.