Ann Hellewell

Biography

Born into a conservative middle class community along the shores of Lake Erie, the author attended university during the tumultuous 60's. After marching on Washington in Peace Protests, she meets and marries a Saudi- when interracial marriages were extremely rare.
After graduation the couple and their young son move to Saudi Arabia, where she gives birth to another son. This period from 1970 to 1977...before, during, and after the discovery of oil...is documented in Arabia - Age of Innocence, written by the author.
Moving back to Southern California (during the Beach Boy era), she divorces her Saudi husband of 20 years and buries her oldest son at age 32. She then begins a new adventure. She moves to a 15-acre homestead in the hills of Northern Idaho, where she still lives with Ben...her husband and soul mate.
A student of life, the author challenges Anna with the lessons she's learned. Imprinting the pages with provocative scenarios, the author spins Anna's Journey into an insightful tale. The pages are full of intrigue, mystery and self-discovery...with a sprinkle of romance.

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
I am working on "Arabia: Age of innocence," which is about my seven years in Saudi Arabia from 1970 to 1977. While living within the Arab society as an American wife married to a Saud husband - I witnessed history in the making. While I cooked, cleaned and tended our two small sons, the Moslem culture wrestled with the influences of the expanding modern world. These innocent souls were ruled by hospitality rites handed down through time. Honor was not a word but a lifestyle. Their lives were uncluttered by TV or phones. and their world revolved around their family and village. Slowly, I watched their ancient culture begin to crack.
I was also privileged to experience the effects the discovery of oil had on the Kingdom. I lived within this cloaked society before, during and after black gold began filtering through the Arabian lifestyle. Change on all levels began corroding the patina of the Arabian peninsula, and I was there to experience and record the "journey."
Who are your favorite authors?
I have Sooo many favorite authors because I love to read a wide variety of books. To mention a few...William Young (The Shack), Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love), James Redfield (The Celestine Prophecy), Sara Young (Jesus Calling) Maeve Binchy, Deepak Chopra, James A. Michener, Sara Roberts and many, many more.
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Books

Anna's Journey
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,730. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Anna's Journey is written for the seekers of life. Those who are constantly compelled to unravel inspirational mysteries, have an intense emotional empathy and curiosity about the human journey, and are always pursuing "home" or a place of belonging. This thrilling and romantic story unwraps delightful adventures and is brimming with suspense. Enjoy

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