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Journalist and author Ann Ferrar is an accomplished writer of narrative non-fiction. Her motorcycle lifestyle articles have been published in The New York Times and her feature stories on women's issues, health and human interest have been published in national women's magazines, newspaper syndication and online venues.
She is best known as the author of Hear Me Roar: Women, Motorcycles and the Rapture of the Road (NY: Crown, 1996), a groundbreaking book in its genre. She is the authorized biographer of Bessie Stringfield as well.
Ann was the only journalist to record the voice and the stories of Bessie Stringfield as told by Bessie herself. For her next book, Ann is continuing to draw upon Bessie's exclusive oral history, as well as the author's diaries between 1990 and 1993, and other resources. Thus, My African American Queen of the Road—The Untold Story of Bessie Stringfield and Me, A Memoir of Race, Friendship, Resilience and the Road is painting the deeper portrait of Bessie Stringfield that readers and industry professionals 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 met pioneering women bikers such as Ms. Stringfield and Dot Robinson (Motor Maids co-founder), unearthing their little known history. Thus, Hear Me Roar brings to life the unconventional women and 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 Hear Me Roar. 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 segments in nationally televised documentary films for PBS and the History Channel.
Born and raised in South Brooklyn, the author is an alumna of Brooklyn College, City University of New York and a member of the Authors Guild. She lives in the Northeastern United States.