All About Anne

I had a blast sharing my Sweet Home Alabama post that appeared a few days ago. Since then, several readers have asked me to share fun facts about myself. You won’t find some of these in my official author bio.

Ten Things Few People Know about Montgomery, Alabama and Anne Randolph, author of the forthcoming Southern Gothic novel, Sweet Bye and Bye.

bama1. Anne Randolph was born in Montgomery, Alabama on a cold day in September. In the South, September can have temperatures as high as 100 degrees;. So being cold made no sense.

2. houseMy grandfather lived in a Neo Classical white columned house with a large porch. Wild hydrangeas grew across the front and a rope swing hung from a pecan tree in the back.

3.helen Helen Keller’s sister lived across the street from my grandfather’s house.

 

 

4. typewriterMy grandmother was a writer who published short stories in magazines in the 1920s.

5. zeldaZelda Sayer, the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, lived down the street from my grandmother and would come to her white columned house for writer gatherings.

6.lattimer My cousin, Ann Hebson, was in the 1960s a bestselling author of the Southern novel,The Lattimer Legend.

7.trifoil In the 5th grade I sold more Girl Scout cookies than anyone in the US. In the 4th grade I drug boxes of cookies from door to door and declared, ‘This is for the birds!” In 5th grade I talked my mother into dropping me off with a load of cookies on Saturday mornings at Huntingdon College, two blocks from my house. Girls were either hungry or they had been Girl Scouts.

8. tiaraMy lifetime dream while in Alabama was to be Miss America. From 5th grade through college, I studied beauty pageants and kept a file of answers to questions such as “What is humility?” I never won Junior Miss, Maid of Cotton, or Miss Alabama, but I always made the finals.

9. Working as an actor in Minneapolis — not Montgomery, but both start with an “M” — I built trucks on the Ford assembly line. I was looking for work to pay for my rent in St. Paul. An employment agent announced, “They are hiring pickupdown on the line at the Ford plant.” The next day at 4:30 AM, I went for my interview which consisted of a physician figuring out how big I was to determine where to put me in the plant. The doctor looked at my application and declared, “Oh my God, my daughter is in theater. Honey, they will put you anywhere in this plant. I’m going to put down light labor only.” I became a Union Masker taping off doors on two-tone trucks. I worked nights and lasted one month; but I did pay my rent!

10. opryWhile in Alabama, I launched my Stage Directing career which took me from “Opry to Opera”. I began as a Stage Manager at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, which led to work at New York City Opera, Opera Colorado, the English National Opera in London and the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam, and the Colorado Symphony. Today, I write full time.

 

Now, tell me a fun fact (or two) that I didn’t know about you. Follow me on Twitter where I help writers find the courage, craft and creativity to write the story of their life.

Contact Anne: annerandolph.com/contact/

www.AnneRandolph.com/blog

Another book of mine, “Stories Gathered at the Kitchen Table: A Collection of Women’s Memoirs” is available at www.Amazon.com or at www.AnneRandolph.com/book

Comments

  • What an interesting collection of facts about you, Anne! A fact about me: I grew up on the western side of Colorado in a rural area where I spent time every summer gathering wild asparagus along the ditch bank at the back of our property.

    Melody JonesDecember 14, 2014
  • Ii is a wonderful experience getting to know more about you and your excellence at life Anne, you are a gift to my life and so many others that know you.
    A fact about me: I have dreamed of being a writer since I was a child writing down my thoughts, and now with much thanks to you I am writing books. As fate would have it I married into a family with a famous author named Helen Hunt Jackson, and I am working on a photograghic book about her.

    Peggy Dillon-JacksonDecember 16, 2014
  • Facts About Me:
    – I was almost born in Alabama, but just weeks before I was due my dad was transferred to Boulder, Colorado.

    – I am a huge boxing fan (as a spectator, not a participant!).

    – A distant relative on my mother’s side was one of Brigham Young’s wives.

    Laura SanfordDecember 16, 2014
  • Great, Anne! So fun to read these.

    I had some pretty unique jobs as well to pay rent including: light-bulb changer in the dormitories of a large university, recycling trash collector (I had to get in and out of dumpsters for this), and library book cataloger and labeler (which actually was interesting!)

    Megan EDecember 16, 2014

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