Ann McCauley married her sweetheart, Randy, thirty-eight years ago. The McCauley’s have seven children (one in heaven), four internationally adopted from South Korea, the Philippines, and Siberia. Ann’s first stories were published by Baker/ Revell in the book, Loved by Choice—True Stories That Celebrate Adoption.
The addition of each child to the McCauley home gave Ann the greatest personal satisfaction. She was born to be a mother. She’s learned so much about human nature, the crippling of insecurity, the power of love, the gentle greatness of the Heavenly Father, and her experiences add richness to every book project and speaking opportunity.
Ann, a songwriter for many years, has led praise and worship, shared her original music with churches, and performed in fundraising for Holt International Adoption Agency. She is a contributor to the Holt Magazine, Hi Families, produced out of Eugene, Oregon.
Mrs. McCauley has homeschooled her children for twenty-eight years—one child is hearing impaired and another blind. A popular speaker, she has shared her adoption and homeschooling experiences with churches, rotary clubs, women’s seminars, and homeschool support groups, especially concerning the rearing and education of special needs children. Ann has been a speaker and singer throughout Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
Having lost a child, she led a local chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a national organization for grieving parents. She led a grief counseling support group, Wellsprings, and produced a newsletter for grieving parents.
Ann has written three novels. The understanding of rearing Asian children in the American south inspired her to write Mountain Ash and Ivory, the first book in her Colors of China fiction series. She has another series entitled, Song of the Brush Arbor. Book one in this series, Bramble Rose, is a completed project. Both of these novel series have international flavor. Ann’s current work in progress, Cypress Secrets, book one—Boots Bonnets and Bayous—is set in post Civil War Louisiana.
Ann’s interests revolve around people. She loves cooking and entertaining. For relaxation, she enjoys playing with her grandchildren and great nieces and nephews. She can often be found making holiday crafts or cooking play-dough with them.
Homeschooling is a big part of her life, with one son finishing high school at home this coming year. She is still a point of contact for families’ homeschooling children with special needs.