Welcome Author Ann Morris
Ann (Ana for Spanish books) Morris has a deep interest in education. She knows that children have vivid imaginations and an insatiable love of learning. Morris developed an interest in writing children’s stories with the intention of recording memorable experiences with young family members sprinkled with memories of her own youth.
As a teacher and as a community worker, Morris has collaborated with and served people from many cultures new to our country, including our Latino friends. She speaks and writes Spanish as well as English. Her hopes are to encourage children and parents learning to read their native language, as well as to motivate language learners. She includes a positive adult role model, a curious child and a unique learning experience in each story.
1.What is your mental health issue?
I am depressive and suffer from anxiety. I have been as long as I can remember (now that I know how to recognize the symptoms), and my paternal grandmother was as well.
2. How long have you been writing fiction? Tell us about your career so far.
I have been writing ever since I can remember. I’ve always loved writing. Although most of my fiction is based on actual events, I started writing long before I decided to publish. My first book pair (English and Spanish) was published in 2011, but it was republished in 2014. I have received many accolades for my work.
3. How has mental ill health helped your writing?
I have needed to leave two long-time jobs (11-12 years each) due to my emotional instability and have taken to writing as therapy and constructive activity during those times when I could not work.
4. How has it not?
I’m not as prolific as I could be. If I had no barriers, I would be able to write more stories, promote more actively, and participate in more events.
5. What advice do you have for other writers with mental health issues.
Mental health issues are not deficiencies in a person. They are personal conditions that many others suffer yet are afraid to reveal. Get professional help, but continue to do what you can when you can. Seeing your own progress will give you joy. Don’t set your goals too high. Don’t be afraid to explore and express what you feel.
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Auntie (the author, Ann Morris) and her niece Erin both love flowers. Auntie is proud of her flower garden, and Erin likes to be with her among the flowers. One day Erin finds a funny kind of “worm” in the garden and calls Auntie over to see it. They call it Mr. Clown because of his colorful stripes. To learn what it is, they study and discover what kind of caterpillar it is and watch it’s progress in Auntie’s garden. Erin learns a valuable lesson in nature. Book Trailer
Surprise in Auntie’s Garden! is a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient and received an Honorable Mention from Children’s Literature Independently Published Principals’ Award (CLIPPA) 2014
Contact Ann Morris
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