Today I am pleased to have the award-winning author of The Henderson County Curb Market, Ann Wirtz, as my guest. She has also authored Sorrow Answered, over a hundred stories and articles for the Times News and Pulse, and her work has been published in Chicken Soup for The Soul.
Her various writings, as well as her life, reflect her love of people as well as her love of the Lord. Welcome, Ann.
Thank you, Carol for having me. I am pleased to be here today.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I revere the old ways, simplicity, and the small joys of life. I believe in prayer and faith. My first husband died from cancer in 2004, and I married Patrick Wirtz two years later. We live in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Our great happiness includes two adorable grandchildren and their wonderful parents, my son and his dear wife.
How and when did you begin to write?
A love of reading led to my youthful endeavor to write poetry, short stories, and then nonfiction, which was especially satisfying. This niche led to numerous newspaper articles and my two books, Sorrow Answered and The Henderson County Curb Market.
Can you give our readers a short description of Sorrow Answered?
Sorrow Answered is my journey through grief and the uplifting, true answers I found in Scripture for handling the loneliness and sorrow.
What led you to write it?
After my husband died, I felt a calling from the Lord to write our story which, ironically, became one of the happiest things I ever did. Ultimately I published Sorrow Answered, the “sequel” to our journey with cancer. This book is a simple account about faith and widowhood and how the Bible provides answers for coping with the deep sadness.
What are you working on now?
A Double Encounter, mercy in the 11th hour is a true story revealing God’s merciful hand upon a family, but especially upon the 80 year old atheist father who dies twice after being hit by a car, yet who lives to tell his experiences with Hell and the mercy he receives through the dreams which accompany his deaths.
Do you have any advice for beginning writers?
“Good writing is rewriting” is the advice I received from Leonard Goss, former LifeWay editor, and I have found that to be absolutely true.
How can my readers find out more about you and your work?
Author: Sorrow Answered; The Henderson County Curb Market; A Chicken Soup for the Soul Christmas, “Memories of a Christmas Doll”
Books Availability: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, local independent bookstores
Freelance Writer: Over 100 articles and stories for the Times-News and The Pulse newspapers
Guest Speaker: Topics concerning faith and life; Power point presentation on the Henderson County Curb Market
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