Ann’s hometown is Ann Arbor, Michigan, which, at one time, she believed was named after her. She graduated (eventually) from the University of Michigan, spent ten years as a reporter for Michigan dailies and married a fellow journalist so she could write a column about that first year of wedded bliss. It was called I Did, I Did. She’s written “participation” stories for the Washington Post, chronicling her experiences as a substitute teacher and little league umpire. She lives in Northern Virginia with her journalist husband and golden retriever, Lucy, and spends her non-writing time meddling in the lives of her adult children.