Ann Brophy was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her father was a noted educator, research scientist and medical doctor. He was an officer in World War I where he pioneered in the invention of radio research. Her mother was an honored nurse and teacher. Her father died when Ann was 3 months old.
She and her mother then moved to Muncie, Indiana where they lived with her maternal grandmother in an extended family atmosphere, and she attended elementary and high school there. The only unusual influence during that time was her paternal grandmother, Harriet Bell Anthony, who gained much fame as a dazzling dresser, collector of artifacts and jewelry, world traveler and "jet-setter". She was definitely out-of-place in the then small Indiana town. She was known around the world as the "Muncie Sunburst" and wore diamonds in the heels of her shoes, gold and diamond serpentine bands on her arms, as well as broaches, necklaces and earrings. She was a vivid source of embarrassment to her only grandchild. She died when Ann was ten years old, after thoroughly enjoying her husband's money.
Ann graduated from Western College For Women in Oxford, Ohio with a BA degree in Creative Writing and English Literature. She then moved to New York City and worked with Broadway playwrights for 10 years and gained writing experience with such valuable mentors.
She married Charles Brophy, a financial columist for the New York Herald Tribune, later an editor of a leading Bond newspaper and an advisor and speech writer in the public relations field. They moved to Connecticut with their 3 children who are grown now.
Ann began writing seriously when she took a writing course at Fairfield University and had a narrative poem published in Humpty Dumpty magazine for children. Other short stories and poetry followed in children's magazines. Then her first book, a Young Adult novel, "Flash And The Swan", was published. After that a non-fiction book, "John Ericsson And The Inventions Of War", with an introduction by Henry Steele Commager was published as part of a Civil War series from Silver Burdett Press. She also wrote "The Story Of Jennie Wade", a true account for the Jennie Wade Museum in Gettysburg, followed by a historical novel, Summer Storm In Gettysburg", based on Jennie Wade, her family and friends. She also published a memoir about her above mentioned grandmother, "Best Friends Are Better Than Diamonds, A Story of Diamond Heels and Stepped-on Toes", a mystery novel, "To Catch A Ghost" and "When I Moved Upstairs," a novel about life and death. "Novus 3 and Me, Six Short Stories about Friendship" is her latest publication and her first picture book.
Ann taught Writing for Children at Fairfield University and conducted local writing workshops, as well as editing for publishers and private students.
Her advice is to listen to your husband. You don't have to always do what he says, but at least hear him out. Example: When we drove our younger son to a college in Ohio, my husband, who was always a big history buff, wanted to go by way of Gettysburg. "Oh, no," I said. "Not that. I always hated history with all those people and dates and facts to memorize. Please, no." But I finally gave in and agreed to the detour. Instantly, Gettysburg became a wonder to me. Gallant and gregarious ghosts still live there today with all their tragic tales to tell. I had walked into another world and was completely absorbed in it. That was the end of my expressing negative words about history. Think of what I would have missed!
Writing is a hard work hobby. It is both frustrating and sometimes productive. But you have the wonderful advantage of living so many different lives through your characters. It's terrific! You are never bored.