From high anxiety, the birth of a book, and chronic illness to sharing love notes and starting a career in writing at age 52
Ann Peck’s resilience proves anything is possible, no matter what hand life deals you. Clawing her way out of debilitating anxiety Ann Peck is a best-selling non-fiction author, a freelance journalist, and a land-locked ocean-loving writer based on the shores of a lake near Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Her articles and essays have appeared in The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and multiple corporate newsletters and blogs.
Ann’s first book, Smiling on the Outside: Secrets, Sex, Shame and the Search for Self-Love garnered her an invitation for a book signing and speaking engagement at Barnes & Noble Union Square in New York City for the book’s release, as well as a review from Publisher’s Weekly.
She has received six national and international book awards, including a gold medal from The Living Now Awards in addition to a writing grant from the Good Samaritan Foundation. Her short film, Journey out of Abuse, was selected for inclusion in Stories of Survival and the internationally best-selling Silence Speaks.
Shortly after the release of Smiling on the Outside, Ann received a diagnosis of severe Rheumatoid Arthritis along with a myriad of other conditions. Living with daily chronic pain and unable to anticipate how she would feel, Ann left her speaking, coaching, and consulting career to focus on her health. And her writing.
Ann’s essays and blog posts attracted a broad audience with whom she began sharing her weekly love notes through email. These little love notes of inspiration were precisely the words Ann needed to hear, and based upon the overwhelming response from her readers; they wanted the messages too.
In addition to her free weekly love notes, Ann has created a series of gift books containing inspirational messages and beautiful black and white photography. Released in 2019, Love Notes for the Bride and Love Notes for the Graduate have sold more than 1,000 copies. Forthcoming titles in the series include Love Notes for New Parents and Love Notes for Animal Lovers.
Living with daily chronic pain and a disease with no known cure challenged Ann in ways she could never have imagined. From her daily battle with depression, a return of her anxiety, and deteriorating physical health, connecting with others through her writing kept her going.
It’s no surprise once Ann discovered the underlying cause for much of her health challenges and removed it, her commitment to a career in writing grew even stronger.
Living with daily chronic pain and the belief that I would die young, and soon, rocked me to my core. Now that I’m back to about 80% good health, at age 52, I’ve got a second chance at life. My desire is to experience more meaning in my life, so I’m focusing on Big D (the love of my life), my children, friends, travel, and pursuing my lifelong dream to be a working writer, columnist, and freelance journalist. –-Ann Peck
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