Ann B. Ross
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Ann B. Ross

Ann is the mother of two daughters and one son, and the grandmother of four grandsons (including twin boys) and two granddaughters, both of whom are her namesakes. When her children were in college, she decided to complete her own education, enrolling in the University of North Carolina at Asheville where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Literature. Reluctant to return to an empty nest, she continued her education by enrolling in the English Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned both the Master's and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Afterwards, she taught Literature and the Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Ann's writing career began in the early eighties when two mysteries were published as original paperbacks: THE MURDER CURE and THE MURDER STROKE. A few years later, her first hardcover book was published: THE PILGRIMAGE, an adventure story set in the nineteenth century. All three books are now out of print, but occasionally a used copy of THE PILGRIMAGE appears on Amazon.com for sale.

The publication of the first Miss Julia book, MISS JULIA SPEAKS HER MIND in 1999, set Ann on a full-time writing career. This book went through six reprintings in less than a year, and was ranked #9 on the Independent Booksellers' seventy-six most highly recommended books for 1999. In addition, the book was named to the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers list. The paperback edition of the same book was listed in The Best Books of the First Five Years by BookSense, as one of the titles independent booksellers most enjoyed handselling. The book was also published by Readers Digest Condensed Books, appearing in twelve foreign languages.

MISS JULIA TAKES OVER was one of seven nominees for the Book of the Year Award (2001) by the Southeastern Booksellers Association.

All of the books in the series are available on audiotape and in large-print editions, and are also available through The Literary Guild/Doubleday Book Club. All of the books, except the newest one each year, can be found in paperback editions.

MISS JULIA THROWS A WEDDING, MISS JULIA HITS THE ROAD, MISS JULIA MEETS HER MATCH, and MISS JULIA'S SCHOOL OF BEAUTY have all appeared on the New York Times Extended Bestseller List.

All of the books in the series will be published in German, Japanese, and Croatian editions, as well as on audiotape (in English) and in large print editions.

Inspiration for the escapades of Ann's much-loved character, Miss Julia, comes in all manner of ways -- a chance remark by a friend or family member, an incident she happens to see, in a dream, or by being reminded of something in her past experiences. It is always deeply satisfying to her when scenes in the book she is working on suddenly seem to fit together to make a good story. She does not outline or make detailed plans before starting a story. She does, however, have a general plot in mind before beginning to write, but this usually entails only the conflict and the final resolution, with few ideas of how they will be worked out. So, with just the beginning and the end of a book decided on, Ann relies on the characters themselves to fill in the middle with first one subplot after another. This, she says, is the joy of writing -- when a character suddenly does or says something unexpectedly, leading her to funny and surprising 'mini-scenes' that seem to delight readers.

Ann was once asked by an interviewer how she knew when something she'd written was good. She replied, "I know it's good when I fall off my chair laughing." From that response, we can be sure that she enjoys writing about her characters as much as we enjoy reading about them.

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    • Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind

    • By: Ann B. Ross
    • Narrated by: Karen White
    • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 388
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 344
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 345

    Miss Julia, a recently bereaved and newly wealthy widow, is only slightly bemused when one Hazel Marie Puckett appears at her door with a youngster in tow....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best series ever!!!

    • By jill doboszenski on 10-14-16

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Miss Julia Takes the Wheel

    • By: Ann B. Ross
    • Narrated by: Cynthia Darlow
    • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104

    When Miss Julia's regular doctor goes on vacation with his wife, leaving a replacement in his stead, Miss Julia is immediately concerned....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Oh Miss Julia

    • By Annie Girl on 04-04-19

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Miss Julia Raises the Roof

    • By: Ann B. Ross
    • Narrated by: Cynthia Darlow
    • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 177
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 176

    With her husband, Sam, off on a trip to Europe, Miss Julia takes a pause to reflect on the past few decades - realizing how the comforts and joys of her life can sometimes give way to boredom....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • So disappointing

    • By Kcosper on 04-30-18

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Miss Julia Inherits a Mess

    • By: Ann B. Ross
    • Narrated by: Cynthia Darlow
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 202
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 176

    When Miss Julia hears that Miss Mattie Freeman has taken a fall and is in the hospital, she wishes she'd spent more time getting to know the woman....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Fun Miss Julia Adventure

    • By sharon on 04-14-16

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Miss Julia's School of Beauty

    • By: Ann B. Ross
    • Narrated by: Cynthia Darlow
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 185
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 132

    Hazel Marie, former lover of Miss Julia's late husband, needs assitance in staging a beauty contest to determine who will reign as Miss Abbot County Sheriff's Department....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fun Story

    • By C. Cole on 03-19-07

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Miss Julia Paints the Town

    • By: Ann Ross
    • Narrated by: Claudia Hughes
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101

    Abounding in Southern charm, Miss Julia Paints the Town finds the plucky North Carolinian pushed to the limit by a daunting heap of difficulties....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another Delightful Experience

    • By Robin on 01-07-09

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Miss Julia to the Rescue

    • A Miss Julia Novel, Book 13
    • By: Ann B. Ross
    • Narrated by: Cynthia Darlow
    • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162

    This time out, proper Southern lady Miss Julia has a couple doozies on her plate....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Just plain bizarre

    • By John S. on 12-21-12

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Miss Julia Stands Her Ground

    • By: Ann Ross
    • Narrated by: Cynthia Darlow
    • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101

    In this episode, the graceful Southern lady’s impeccable manners are pushed to the brink....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Eeeeewww, the mouth noises

    • By Ladyesquire on 06-26-16

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble

    • Miss Julia, Book 14
    • By: Ann B. Ross
    • Narrated by: Cynthia Darlow
    • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 143
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139

    Best-selling author Ann B. Ross cooks up a batch of fun in this latest novel in her popular series....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not her usual best!

    • By M.K. on 04-12-13

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Miss Julia Strikes Back

    • By: Ann B. Ross
    • Narrated by: Cynthia Darlow
    • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134

    America's favorite senior citizen takes on thieves who've stolen her jewelry....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • WONDERFUL!!!!

    • By Debra on 02-21-08

    Regular price: $24.49

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