Anne Louise Grimm spoke no English when starting First Grade at Willapa Valley School on the Pacific Coast in the southwest corner of Washington State. In Pacific County north of the Mighty Columbia—a river dividing her state from Oregon. The smaller Willapa also drains directly into the Pacific Ocean via Willapa Bay—a far west community in some ways entirely strange and distinct, where even the history reads like fiction.
The first book Anne owned, and long time favorite, was Andersen’s Fairy Tales. She used it learning to read English. Teased about the name Grimm, Anne began writing at an early age, but not fiction. After high school graduation she lived four years in Seattle, married and left the state. As her children were growing up, Anne began writing stories—of many different kinds, not only for children. They kept sprouting like weeds wherever she lived.
While early published work was not fiction, her typewritten stories accumulated on shelves and in drawers. Some of them more strange and weird than anything Hans Christian Andersen ever wrote. Later they took on a further life of their own and began sneaking into manuscript files of one computer after another.
Anne’s fourth book, published by AuthorHouse in 2006 as Fletter Cove, snared some for adults. A second aggregation has been made for Hush . . . Listen! Alas, that still has only thinned and not eliminated the short fiction. More of the stuff still sneaks periodically—overnight it seems—unheralded onto the hard drive of the current computer. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.willapabay.org/~anne/annepers.htm
Kenneth J. Hurley, state and national award winning and internationally selling Western & Wildlife artist, can be found at his rural home north of Raymond on the Pacific Northwest coastal Highway 101—when not participating in art shows—in states and countries almost anywhere. 1.360.942.3808