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Ann Kathleen Otto


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About Ann

I love reading about and experiencing history.  My mother's family always talked about my grandfather, great aunt and famous great Uncle who died in one of the first aeroplane crashes. They left rural Ohio, heading west in around 1909. As I started investigating them, I found that they had the potential for very interesting stories. 

My first book, Yours in a Hurry, is a story about strong women and men who embrace change ahead of their time. At the beginning of the last century, everything was changing so fast –and everyone was in such a hurry! 

Interested in changes going on in America and abroad at the time of the story (1908-12), I used actual historical situations they experienced and people they met and created others from coincidences I found along the way.

I was born in Marion, Ohio but grew up in Akron. I married my high school sweetheart and has two grown children. A Ph.D. in organization development provides me with a lot of experience in the behavioral sciences arena, which gives me the desire to write about people, and an undergraduate degree in English and history influences my desire to write, especially about history. She has published articles in academic and professional journals. In addition to community volunteerism, my interests include reading, history, films, and travel.