People and food are what Anna did best, and writing was only a hobby. During her childhood, Anna began writing poems and short stories about war. The Vietnam war was raging when she was ten. Anna was engrossed with the war and the ridiculousness of it, so she wrote stories as a way to express her feelings.
In 2005, they found out that their father, who lived in Des Moines, Iowa, was diagnosed with dementia. Iowa is where they grew up. Anna and her sister moved him to Grand Marais, caring for him until he died in 2007. Anna said that experience was one that she would not wish on anyone, but at the same time, it was one that she would never replace. For Anna, this was an eye opening experience about life, death, and what is truly important - the three F's (family, friendship and faith). Anna believes that these three things will save a person, if they allow it.
Anna's latest book, "Boy", is a sweet story that she loved to write. As she wrote the book, she both cried and laughed out loud at times. Everything in it is from her life at one point or another, but the story itself is fiction. The true version that she started when her dad died was too painful to return to, so she didn't. For Anna, fiction was easier because it allowed her to be on the outside of a story, rather than on the inside fighting her way out.
Currently, Anna is in the process of selling her restaurant, Hughie's. This is a process to sell which she started ten years ago. Anna states that she is familiar with, and fond of, every crack in the floor of her restaurant, but that it is time to move on. She is currently working on two other books. One is titled "The Poor Philanthropist", something that Anna and her sister call themselves. The other is "The Whores Daughter", a memoir about her mother's childhood.
Anna's future goal is to build homes for the working class people, the ones who keep this town operating as a tourist destination. Most of the proceeds from the sale of her book, "Boy" will go towards that project. She is in the process of forming her own non-profit for this, which she hopes will be a community project. Many people have already stepped forward to help her with this dream.
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