Ann wrote her first story, a short one, in high school and never forgot the thrill. But it wasn't until years later that she put aside her clay and paint brushes to pick up the pen again. On a cold, rainy day in her cabin in North Carolina, she put down the book she'd finished reading with the thought she could do better. Picking up a yellow legal pad and pen, she began to write. Years and many revisions later those scribbles became her first published book, The Highlander.