Ann V.

Event Organizer


Round Rock, TX
Hometown: Round Rock

Member since:

February 15, 2014

Who is your favorite author / screenwriter / director / etc?

My favorite authors are David L. Lindsey, Ellis Peters, Dennis Lehane, Batya Gur, and Kathy Reichs. I also confess to being somewhat partial to Lowell/Abbot series by Jen J. Danna and Ann Vanderlaan, and am about to become fond of Sara Driscoll.

Are you involved in any writing (or writing-related) activities you'd like to mention?

I write with a partner, Jen J. Danna. Our first series -- the Abbott and Lowell Forensic Mysteries -- is published by Five Star / Cengage: DEAD WITHOUT A STONE TO TELL IT (June 2013), A FLAME IN THE WIND OF DEATH (April 2014), and TWO PARTS BLOODY MURDER hit bookstore shelves in February 2015. Our self-published novella--NO ONE SEES ME TIL I FALL (November 2013)-- is available in KINDLE and ePUB formats. Our newest publishing deal was announced in Publisher's Marketplace. March 2, 2015 - LONE WOLF by Jen Danna and Ann Vanderlaan Fiction: Thriller Jen Danna and Ann Vanderlaan writing as Sara Driscoll’s new suspense series, beginning with LONE WOLF ... to Peter Senftleben at Kensington, in a three-book deal for publication in Spring 2016, by Nicole Resciniti at The Seymour Agency. Personally, I also edit for several other authors and various 501c3 non-profit organizations.

What genres / forms do you enjoy writing; Reading?; what would you like to try?

I enjoy writing forensic crime fiction, as well as assisting various animal rescue groups and other non-profits with writing and editing their grant proposals. I enjoy reading history (particularly the American Civil War and the campaigns of the Roman Empire), and both historical and forensic crime fiction.

How did you hear about the Round Rock Writers Guild?

Via a Meetup notice digest email. I have been considering joining one or more Central Texas writers' groups previously.

OH, Yes -- and your favorite Treat? (any kind) Have a Goal you'd like to share?

My favorite treat for myself is fresh raspberries layered with toasted Irish steel-cut oats, creme fraiche, and Drambuie. My favorite treat for my dogs is homemade sweet potato jerky. I have two current goals -- (1) write a complete novel by myself, and (2) train a second therapy dog.


Before deciding to write/volunteer full-time, I was a faculty member (veterinary and medical schools), and worked 30+ years in software development (oil field instrumentation and analytics). I am a handler of a certified Pit Bull therapy dog.

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