About the Author / Contact Ann
Journalist and storyteller Ann Ferrar is the authorized biographer
of Bessie Stringfield and the sole rights-holder to her narratives, storylines, chronicles and written perspectives on the life of Bessie Stringfield. At Bessie's request, Ann was the only author to record the voice and stories of Bessie Stringfield as told by Bessie herself in a series of exclusive audio tapes.
In fulfillment of a promise to Bessie, Ann with her writings has shone light on the nearly lost history of Bessie Stringfield as a singular figure in black and women's history. Ann’s stories are original and primary-sourced from Bessie and her contemporaries. Ann's stories are unique to this author; they date back to the early 1990s and precede all uncredited copies on the Internet and other media.
Ann has been writing a wide range of feature articles and narrative non-fiction for 35-plus years. Her stories have been published in The New York Times, in major women's magazines and online venues. She has covered subjects that she cares about, from oncology and general medicine to motorcycles, lively arts, profiles of women and women’s social issues. As a former senior writer for a national non-profit foundation, her award-winning work focused on maternal and infant health in Greater New York.
Ann's debut book, the critically acclaimed Hear Me Roar: Women, Motorcycles and the Rapture of the Road (NY: Crown, 1996), explored the little-known history of America’s women bikers and introduced Bessie Stringfield to a global readership. The book was critically acclaimed and covered by The New York Times, CNN, Entertainment Weekly and other venues. The book earned a motorcycle industry award for inspiring more women to experience the freedom of riding.
Ann rode her own motorcycles for 18 years, having owned six bikes at different times. She began riding in her native New York City, becoming an assertive urban biker without ever owning a car.
To research and write Hear Me Roar between 1990 and 1996, the author rode tens of thousands of miles alone around the nation. She spent time with more than 100 women bikers in different regions, and was a participant-observer in scores of motorcycle rallies and other events. She immersed herself in the different subcultures within motorcycling, from dedicated sports to diehard lifestyles. Ann met Bessie at the start of her journeys in 1990; the author-biker was blessed and privileged to have Bessie’s advice and friendship for the first three years, until the elder passed away in 1993.
Born and raised in South Brooklyn, the author is a graduate of Brooklyn College, City University of New York. After living much of her adult life in Manhattan, Ann currently lives in nearby New Jersey. She has enjoyed doing volunteer therapy work with her two rescued dogs.