As a girl, Annette dreamed of being an astronaut, but she stank at science and math and became motion sick riding the bus home from school. So she went with her second choice—newspaper journalist—and stuck with it for more than three decades. After years of ignoring well-meaning people who said, “You should write a book,” she finally did. And then she wrote a few more. When she's not working, Annette usually has her nose in someone else’s novel or her gaze glued to sports on TV. She has three totally spoiled pets, enjoys being the designated sightseer on her husband’s Harley, and volunteers at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home of diva dolphins Winter and Hope from the Dolphin Tale films.
At left, Annette shows her Florida native side. In the middle photos, Annette meets Cozi Zuehlsdorff and Nathan Gamble, who played Hazel and Sawyer, respectively, in the two Dolphin Tale movies. At right, Annette explores her biker chick alter ego during a motorcycle trip through the Smoky Mountains.