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Journalist and author Ann Ferrar is a highly accomplished writer of feature articles and narrative non-fiction. Her motorcycle lifestyle stories have been published in The New York Times, and her features on other subjects have appeared in major women's magazines and online venues.

In addition to motorcycling, Ann has covered health and medicine, lively arts and celebrity profiles, and women’s lifestyles and social issues. She is best known as the author of the groundbreaking non-fiction book Hear Me Roar: Women, Motorcycles and the Rapture of the Road (NY: Crown, 1996), and as the authorized biographer of Bessie Stringfield.

At Bessie's request, Ann was the only author to record the voice and the stories of Bessie Stringfield as told by Bessie herself in a series of audio tapes. For her next book, the author is drawing upon the gift that Bessie gave her: Bessie's life story. Thus, African American Queen of the Road—The Untold Story of Bessie Stringfield, A Memoir of Race, Friendship, Resilience and the Road is painting the deeper portrait of Bessie Stringfield that Ann's readers have requested.

Ann rode her own motorcycles for 18 years, owning six different bikes ranging from Hondas to BMWs. She began riding in her native New York City and became an assertive urban biker and a long-distance solo rider.

To research and write Hear Me Roar between 1990 and 1996, the author rode tens of thousands of miles alone around America. She spent time with more than 100 women bikers and was a participant-observer in motorcycle events from coast to coast. She visited out-of-the-way archives and descendants of early women bikers, unearthing their little known history. Thus, Hear Me Roar brings to life the women and the colorful subcultures of motorcycling, from high-risk sports to diehard lifestyles.

Hear Me Roar was critically acclaimed and covered by The New York Times, CNN, Entertainment Weekly and other media outlets. The book has been cited in studies of women in non-traditional roles and it earned a motorcycle industry award for inspiring more women to take control of the handlebars.

The author's LinkedIn page has excerpts from her favorite Hear Me Roar chapters. Ann looks back on women in the 1990s, the decade of big hair, big moves for women and big wheels. She takes a literary look at the early pioneers. She writes of biker chicks in the movies and fashion, and of gutsy women at a nitro-fueled, all-Harley drag strip near Sturgis, South Dakota. The book brings all of it to life with the author's original photos and can be found on Amazon.

Also on her LinkedIn page are some of Ann's motorcycle lifestyle articles written for The New York Times, including "Windswept Freedom on Two Fast Wheels," "Uneasy Rider" and "To Roar or Not to Roar."

Over the years, the author has been consulted for her expertise in women's motorcycling history, and for her knowledge of  Bessie Stringfield, for museum exhibits and for segments in nationally televised documentary films for PBS and the History Channel. The documentaries have included the American Biker series and Glory Road, which traced the history of African American motorcycle clubs. There are other works for television in the making.

Born and raised in South Brooklyn, the author is a proud graduate of Brooklyn College, City University of New York. After living many years in Manhattan, Ann currently lives in nearby New Jersey.

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