drey: Welcome to drey's library, Ann! Thank you for taking the time to stop by as my Featured Author this month.Thank you so much for visiting us this month, Ann!
Let's do a quick intro: Tell us about yourself in 10 sentences or so...
Ann: I always say, if you want to know who I am just check out my hair. I have a full head of unruly, unorganized, happy hair that has a lot of trouble with authority. That's me. I'm interested in so many things that I tend to take too much on. I like to be productive but only I get to judge what that productivity can be. I think everything is funny and is so inappropriate at times that my friends have to be hard to offend. I don't have much of a temper or a memory. If I blow it's fast and furious but dissipates just as quickly. I'm tenacious and impatient and a total sap where kids and dogs are concerned and if I could eradicate something it would be human trafficking in all forms.
drey: When did you find out you wanted to be a writer? What was your first story?
Ann: I always wanted to write but couldn't get out of my own way to write anything down. My first story was called Daydream Believer about a 16-year-old girl working in a drive in theater with dreams for a bigger life and had to tell her boyfriend she was leaving for college without him in 24hours.
drey: What did you do with that story?
Ann: I wrote that story as a submission for the Wisconsin Book Festival contest in 2004 and won. It was my first story and when I won, no one was more surprised than I was.
drey: Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
Ann: In characters that I meet and funny phrases I read. Sometimes in dreams I have for the future or difficulties I see my friends struggling with.
drey: Tell us a bit about On Maggie's Watch...
Ann: Maggie in On Maggie's Watch is your best friend who's gone a little nutty. She is the "us" that wants so badly to take control and then, against all better judgment, goes for it. She's vulnerable, funny, quirky, and sad. She is all of us. She wants her neighborhood to be perfect for her family and unborn child and when she discovers a less than perfect thing she goes to clean it up. She gets side-tracked but has people who love her and get her back on track.
drey: Where were you when you found out On Maggie's Watch was getting published? How did you celebrate?
Ann: It was on my birthday. I was in my bedroom looking out the window when the phone rang. I spoke to Jackie Cantor from Penguin and she told me. I celebrated by having dinner with my friend Terri Osgood. She brought dinner to my house and a gift and my kids and I sat and basked in the news. Then, I replayed that call 1001 times.
drey: Smackdown: Your number one literary hero faces off in the ring--who's the opponent, who wins, and why?
Ann: Olive Kitterage faces off with the killer in No Country For Old Men. Olive wins because she is the ultimate no nonsense survivor. She probably strangles him with her bare hands because he was coming after her son. Go Olive!
drey: What (if any) TV shows are you hooked on?
Ann: Mad Men and Damages (Glenn Close as prosecutor Patty Hewes). Can't turn away from either.
drey: How do you recharge your batteries?
Ann: Shopping at GoodWill. Watching movies. Working out. Sleeping.
drey: And last (but not least!), the quickie-5:
1. Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte? Austen
2. Banana splits or strawberry sundae? (can you tell it's HOT here?) Banana Splits
3. Madonna or Lady Gaga? Lady Gaga
4. Broadway musical or movie theater? Broadway musical
5. Your favorite swear word is? I hate to admit it but it's fuck
Everyone--you can find Ann online at her website www.annwertzgarvin.com, on facebook, and twitter.
Ann has a copy of On Maggie's Watch for you, if you live in the US! To enter, fill out the form below before 6pm CST August 30th. Good luck!