Born in 1877, in Thirsk, Yorkshire, Annie Kathleen Rhodes was the daughter of brewer Quintin Rhodes, and his wife Sarah Annie. She was educated at home by a governess, and then at a school in Old Southgate, North London, and at Gordon House, Scarborough. After the death of her father in 1896, Rhodes' family moved to Scarborough, where her mother died, in 1907. Following the bombardment of Scarborough in 1914, Rhodes and her sister May moved to Staines, to be near their elder sister Hilda, living there (with the exception of a time in Kendal, during WWII) for the rest of their lives. Rhodes died in 1962.Rhodes' first novel was privately published in 1899, but it was only around 1906 that her real writing career took off. She wrote fiction for both children and adults, the latter being mostly romantic fiction inspired by her 1908 trip to Egypt. Her children's books largely fall into the girls' school story genre.