Ann Garrett was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and grew up playing in the gully behind her family’s house, hiking in the Rockies, riding horses, raising animals and skiing. At the age of fourteen she began to work with children who were emotionally disturbed. She has never stopped.
Ann attended the University of Utah where she received Bachelor of Science degrees in sociology and social work. During her junior year in college Ann lived in Switzerland and traveled throughout Europe receiving an AA degree.
For over thirty-eight years Ann has lived in the Los Angeles area, working in a residential treatment center and therapeutic school for severely emotionally disturbed children who were physically and sexually abused. She worked as a child care worker, crisis counselor, and unit program director.
Ann has worked with severely emotionally disturbed, MMR, and high functioning autistic and Asperger’s children. She was a children’s librarian, directed a literacy program, in addition to being a Special Ed. substitute teacher. These programs gave her an intense “hands on” venue to work with the “frazzled” child.
As an author for children, Ann has written several picture books, both individually and in collaboration with the late Gene-Michael Higney. She is the author of Keeper of the Swamp (which was also published in Spanish as Guardian Del Pantano). She collaborated with Gene-Michael Higney on Fins and Flippers, Scales and Nippers, Miss Hiss is Missing, Peanut Butter BBQ, Practical Yoke, Stardusters, What’s for Lunch?, What’s for Dinner?,and Tales of Tails.
Ann co-authored with Nancy Goodell TLC for FrazzledKids, Helping Grownups Help Kids and Help For Frazzled Moms. This is the methodology that Ann has used for over the past thirty plus years.
Now retired from that field, Ann spends her time writing, traveling and having adventures. She loves kids, animals (especially dogs), writing, and a great conversation over a cup of coffee.
Happily married, she lives and writes in Southern California.