Ann Carter lives on a small farm in the Flint Hills of north central Kansas. Her first (and hopefully not last) book, Spiders from Heaven, recounts through journal entries, emails, and poetry the adoption and single parenting of her two daughters. Her favorite writing exercise is blogging a monthly essay. Among many possible future projects, she wants to finish a children’s book featuring Frannie, a girls who dreams of riding a pinto pony across the prairie while rescuing animals in distress. Ann has loved to make art since she was a small child and currently does encaustic bird images. Encaustic because she attended a workshop to learn about it and, after much frustration, decided it was fun. Birds because she believes these small courageous creatures bring messages of grace. To see more about her art and book, read her blog, and watch a short documentary about her family, visit annlcarter.com.