Anne McAllister was born in California, but spent time on her grandparents' ranch in Colorado and visiting relatives in Montana. McAllister met her husband through her job at a university library, and they have now been married for over thirty years. The couple have four children.
McAllister holds a master's degree in theology. Before she began writing, she held jobs as a Spanish teacher, copyediting texbooks, and ghostwriting sermons. McAllister's novels have been published in the Harlequin Presents, Silhouette Desire, Special Edition, and Harlequin American category romance lines. McAllister has twice won the Romance Writers of America RITA Award, and has been a finalist an additional seven times. In 2000, she was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award as Series Author of the Year. McAllister has also been awarded several Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards.
McAllister found her hero and they had four children. They live in Iowa but spends much time in Montana.