Ann Howell has had several short stories published: “Just My Eight O’clock and Me,” www.coffeebeanshop.com, “April,” WNC Woman, and in the book Hungry for Home — Stories of Food from Across the Carolinas, a compilation of stories and recipes featuring many of her favorite authors, including Lee Smith. The Red Tin Chocolate Box is her debut novel. The first chapter was a Top Ten Finalist in the North Carolina Writers Network 2017 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize judged by Wiley Cash. The manuscript was a Semi-Finalist in the 2017 William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition in the Novel Category sponsored by Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society in New Orleans, LA. Newfound Valley (contract pending), the sequel to The Red Tin Chocolate Box (Black Opal Books, 2020), was a finalist in the 2018 Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society Wisdom Competition! 2018 Faulkner – Wisdom Competition Winners, Finalists – Faulkner Society faulknersociety.org Ann lives with her husband, part feral cat, and rescue dog by the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, North Carolina, near the rural community where she was born and raised.
The Red Tin Chocolate Box (2020)
Published by Black Opal Books
In order to survive the Irish Famine of 1847, the O’Clanahan family flees starvation in their beloved homeland. Life gradually improves in Charleston, South Carolina, but Fiona must not only adjust to the customs of a new country but to the rift that death and circumstances bring to her marriage. Fiona and her husband, Rory, find themselves at odds over almost everything, especially the issue of slavery in the Antebellum South. Complications arise when Rory’s brother visits and Fiona is torn by her love for him. She must also hide her involvement in the Underground Railroad or risk losing what is left of her family; this time not to starvation but from her own actions. Her deeds could bring about her arrest and prosecution or maybe even cost her her life.
Newfound Valley (contract pending)
The O’Clanahan family saga that began with The Red Tin Chocolate Box continues in Newfound Valley, the second book in The Celtic Knowing Series.
For years Fiona O’Clanahan stifled her love for her brother-in-law. More so after both families’ move together to an isolated cove in Newfound Valley near Asheville, North Carolina. When the forbidden happens, Fiona is racked with guilt. She fears her seven year-old daughter, with her gift of Knowing, suspects the truth. Secrets, lies, tragedy, and the disappearance of a loved one take a toll on the families. The Civil War brings more tragedy. Out of disaster a new-found family rises up, discovering forgiveness for the past, renewed love, and the determination to survive the chaos of a country in the midst of war.
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