Frances Patterson Harper Ann

Biography

Just call me Ann. I am shown on my books as Frances Patterson Harper Ann; because any and every variation of my name is shared by other authors, ironic but true. I am a southern girl, born, educated and have lived in Georgia all my life. Even though many other authors share my name, I embrace my uniqueness in all that I am and do which is reflected in the thoughts that make up all my books. I love the arts. all of them! I am a singer, I play piano, and I have been writing all my life. My philosophy of life is to be better today than I was yesterday. My must haves in life are love, respect and kindness. I am a positive individual who believes in being genuine yet tactful. My life is all about uplifting, inspiring and loving people. My favorite past times are learning, connecting with others through positive expressions-(singing, writing, conversations and empowering social events), What makes my spirit smile is lots of sunshine, sandy beaches and family. Add to that chocolates, flower gardening, nature in general, and I am a happy camper!! What puts a smile on my face is my daily morning quiet moments of meditation and gratitude to God for loving me and keeping me. It is then, and often many times during the day, that I express my gratitude for the blessings of family and all that is good in the world. Listen, my writing is a healing and instrument of growth for me. It is my hope that it does the same for you in some way. Journey with me on my website: fdharper22.wixsite.com/harperbooks and accept the inspiration through my writings. GET TO KNOW ME... Read my books. Blessings~.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm from Georgia, small southern town, not far yet worlds from Atlanta. As any author, my environment, experiences, real and imagined, influences my writings. The world and people around me provided a wealth of experiences from which to observe and learn.. My first love and focus was music. I sing, play piano and performed quite a bit over the years. Singing is still my passion. I enjoy writing and arranging songs that move people, songs that makes you feel. My parents were excellent at defining the parameters of their discipline model of which I respected highly. They also encouraged us to aspire to a better life using our academic abilities and talents. So, I set out to find, polish and develop my skills. One common thread and purpose of everything and anything I write is to inspire and provide a different perspective from my life's lessons. I learned early on that clarity comes to emotions, feelings and thoughts when you can put them into words. Writing gives me the satisfaction of a better understanding of myself and allows me to share with others to uplift and inspire. What better reason is there to write than to uplift, share knowledge and inspire?
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in high school. I wrote our senior play that we performed. I continued writing plays in college that were performed each quarter by a production company. I developed a love of poetry early on prior to writing plays, My oldest brother, an excellent orator, chose me to be his audience as he practiced recitations of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allen Poe, and Langston Hughes for competitions. He was unbelievably talented and inspired a deep love of poetry within me. Many of the poems in my book, "When My Heart Speaks" are from high school, college, and a few from more recent times. Writing is one of my treasured therapies and instruments of expression. My poetry is
merely written to express what I feel, not within the realm of those guys I mentioned earlier...just my honest me, hence, the title 'When My Heart Speaks."
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Where to buy in print

Series

"Otobe's Drums Book 1 and Otobe's Big Day Book 2" Teachable Moments
This is a 2 story set of storybooks about a young boy named Otobe. In book 1. Otobe's Drums," Otobe's ultimate lesson is about forgiveness and sharing. Even though these are short stories, to be read to young readers, or by readers ages 8-12, there are many subtle lessons to enjoy. In book 2, Otobe's Big Day," his ultimate lesson is that of commitment, keeping a promise,and perseverance. In book 2 his main realization is that as he grows older his school work becomes more challenging and his other responsibilities also have increased. Otobe learns to problem solve in book 2, "Otobe's Big Day,"by making better choices
"Otobe's Big Day"
Price: $16.79 USD.
"Otobe's Drums"
Price: $13.49 USD.

Books

"Fix Your Own Plate" A Manual For Love, Relationships, Marriage, and Parenting
Price: $20.69 USD. Words: 16,640. Language: American English. Published: July 24, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Absentee parents, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Parenting
Need to laugh, love and live better but there's something between you and your joy, "Fix Your Own Plate," is your solution. It's a manual on love, relationships, marriage and parenting. This is the book that will pull the curtains back on the fact that you already have the solutions you have been searching for! It's short, reads like a conversation with a true friend. Perfect just for you!
"Otobe's Big Day"
Series: "Otobe's Drums Book 1 and Otobe's Big Day Book 2" Teachable Moments. Price: $16.79 USD. Words: 5,740. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play, Fiction » Inspirational
This is an intriguing story about Otobe learning that as he grows older, he gets more responsibilities and chores. In addtion, he has learned that he also have more homework from school which is not quite as easy as it used to be. Journey in your imagination to this small faraway African village to learn from Otobe and find out all about his big day! Enjoy!!
"Otobe's Drums"
Series: "Otobe's Drums Book 1 and Otobe's Big Day Book 2" Teachable Moments. Price: $13.49 USD. Words: 3,730. Language: Simple English. Published: September 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
After saying goodbye to friends on the last day of school, Otobe heads down the path that leads to his village. The faint sound of drums gets louder as he approaches the clearing near the river. Fascinated and intrigued, Otobe perches on a rock to watch the four talented men playing their instruments. Never before had he heard such wonderful music! When the men discover Otobe, his story begins.
"When My Heart Speaks"
Price: $14.39 USD. Words: 5,710. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
"I love you!" Doesn't it sound good to hear, feel and to know? This is a genuine statement for me, I don't take it lightly, nor do I use it frivilously. It comes from such an intimate place in the heart, it's value should never be trivialized. We, no matter who we are or where we are in life, all need an "I love you" from time to time. It's here for you in "When My Heart Speaks." Enjoy! Ann
God Knows My Name
Price: $20.79 USD. Words: 35,390. Language: American English. Published: May 10, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Life stages / general
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God Knows My Name is written as a tribute to a woman's wisdom, commitment, and genuine love. It is an invitation to look into the journeys, relationships, and experiences of a family. We are today all the experiences, relationships and all things wittnessed thus far. It is how we perceive, process and catergorize these things that makes a difference. Read this book on your journey to be better.