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Ann H. Howell has had several short stories published. “Just My Eight O’Clock and Me,”; “April,” WNC Woman; and in the book Hungry for Home, Stories of Food From Across The Carolinas,” a compilation of stories and recipes featuring many of her favorite authors, including Lee Smith.

THE RED TIN CHOCOLATE BOX is her debut novel. The first chapter was a Top Ten Finalist in the North Carolina Writers Network 2017 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize judged by Wiley Cash. The manuscript was a Semi-Finalist in the 2017 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition in the Novel Category sponsored by Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society in New Orleans, LA. Her sequel, NEWFOUND VALLEY, was selected as a Finalist in the 2018 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. Ann is a member of the Historical Novel Society and Western North Carolina Historical Association.

Ann lives with her husband and rescue dog by the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, North Carolina, a place they dubbed Hummingbird Hill, near the rural community where she was born and raised. She graduated from a local high school and received an Associate Degree from St. Genevieve-of-the-Pines Secretarial School in Asheville (now closed). Ann has been an Administrative Assistant, taken creative writing classes at the local community college and university, belonged to a critique writing group for twenty+ years, a home maker, raised two sons, welcomed a daughter-in-law into the family, and two young grandchildren.

Fun fact:  Asheville is on a lot of radars. So, when Ann meets someone new to town and they inquire where she is from, she never ceases to be amazed they are shocked her family has been here for several generations.

Silly fact:  Ann played the lead in her eighth-grade class production of Cinderella, but soon learned women are so much more than princesses and that there were few job openings for the position.

Fact:  Ann has always loved history and a love of reading since time out of mind. Historical fiction is her favorite and covers many eras but mostly 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. The Civil War became of particular interest upon learning her great-great grandfather was in the NC 25th Regiment.

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