We were delighted to meet the author, Ann Hood, and share her incredibly personal life journey. Ann was a precocious reader as a child, in fact, she even taught herself to read before kindergarten! She was one of those kids with her nose in a book at all times.
Several of Ann's books come from her personal story.
Like many adoptive parents, Ann wondered about the brave woman who gave up her child, enabling she and her husband to become parents. In The Red Thread, she turned her feelings into a riveting story about adoption. When her daughter suddenly died, Ann was paralyzed by her grief. She was unable to read or write for three years. Ann turned that frightful experience into another book, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief.
During that grief journey, a friend suggested she learn to knit. She wrote about it in The Knitting Circle. Ann said that after a while she enjoyed knitting and began to think about creating a day balanced between knitting, reading and exercising. Gradually she began to move on with her life.
Because she’s an incredible writer, we were all able to learn from her experience. Those who attended the event left with an extraordinary view into the life and career of an inspired author.