Ann is a native Oregonian with ambitions and apparently a need to see more of the planet than a few feet beyond her back yard. She received her BA in Theatre from Eastern Oregon University and her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Nevada/Las Vegas. She's had plays performed from Iceland to Australia and has been published, in Ten 10 Minute Plays Volume 2 and 3-- the Next Mrs. Jacob Anderson and the Care and Feeding of Baby Birds. Her world travels have so far included Thailand and China, where she spent two years teaching in the Yucai School, International Section, Shenyang, in the Liaoning Province. [ A job She acquired from perusing the jobs section on the Boise Craigslist, by the way.]
Lately, she had an ' interesting ' stint in Lithuania as a teacher. It all gets funneled into plays and prose, one way or another. Her short play, Traces of Memory, has been adapted into many short films, most notably by Joseph Culp, under the name Traces and yet another version, directed by Jody Jaress, under Traces of Memory. Another short play, the Next Mrs. Jacob Andersen, also got the fancy film adaptation and a fancy Los Angeles premier, directed by Dennis LaValle. Her full-length play, Beatrice and the Puppies, was produced at the Overtime Theatre in San Antonio, Texas, in September of 2014.
Another full-length, Lady Judas, was recently announced as a 2017 finalist in the New Light Theatre Project's New Light New Voices. She also just got a poem--On Leaving Maryland--included in an autumn showcase somewhere in the UK. She's also gotten her Mating Season of Flying Monkeys into the Schreiber Shorts 2015 Freedom Festival and her Bluegrass of God into Mind Your Head Theatre's SCRIBBLE: Welfare. City Works, in Miami, Florida, also liked her Mating Season of Flying monkeys piece, where it received an award. Mating Season of Flying Monkeys also made it into the Santa Ana River Review's Winter edition, 2017. Also, just found out her short story, Maybelle, made it into Whistle Pig, Volume 9, available October 2017.
Oregon Gothic is a collection of eight scary, gothic tales from up and coming horror writer Ann Wuehler.
Ann is a native of Oregon and feels the place and it's people moulds and heavily influences her writing.
Oregon is a strange and mysterious place and these Gothic tales will scare and terrify you in equal measure.
Ann Wuehler is another great horror writer form the Kensington Gore Publishing stable and it's only a matter of time before her chilling stories are turned into films.
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1. Ann lived in Shenyang City, China, for two years, teaching. She answered an ad she saw on the Boise Craigslist and...yep, went to China. Ann's actually been all over China, including Beijing, Xian, Harbin, Dangdong and Macao.
2. Ann learned how to swim, while yet quite young, in the Columbia River. Finding it much better than drowning.
3.Ann has a costume jewelry fetish, to go along with her rock-collecting fetish.
4. Vale, Oregon is actually Ann's home town, though she was born just down the road in Ontario.
5. Ann helped her mother castrate pigs when she was little. She also took a pig's eye to school for a science lesson the teacher was giving on eyes-- I took it in a small Tupperware container on the school bus, feeling very important and proud.
6. Ann is also a playwright, with a fancy MFA in Playwriting degree.
7. Ann once flipped her vehicle 360 degrees, [ thanks, deer, coming out of nowhere!], and walked away from it with little more than bruises and some scratches but sadly the vehicle was totaled!
KG: What made you want to sign for Kensington Gore Publishing?
AW: Well, I was offered a contract. No, but seriously, I do write about the absurd, dark, gory and twisted...so it seemed a good fit.
KG: How do you see this changing your writing career?
AW: I'm also a playwright, so MORE EXPOSURE TO MY STUFF, always a plus. It's also a good opportunity to spend a lot more time actually doing what I love. Which is, of course, writing.
KG: What inspired you to write in the first place?
AW: I was about ten years old or so and my teacher, Miss MacGregor, called me up to her desk. Oh!! So thought I was in big trouble, just dreading whatever she was about to unleash on my head. Instead, this lovely woman placed a poem I'd written for a class assignment in front of me. And told me I should keep writing, that it was a very good poem and she hoped to see more of my writing in the future. Bang. I started scribbling away-- poems, short stories, little bits of scenes and impressions. It wasn't until my undergrad days that I got into playwriting. Which rather took over my life. And it's only lately I've waded again into the prose waters, so...Thank you, Miss MacGregor.
KG: What made you write your latest book?
AW: Being home again, travelling the world...plain old compulsion. The first story in Oregon Gothic, Bailey, was written just for me, for my own amusement and enjoyment. This was a story I never even thought of sharing with anyone. I just wrote it...got stuck for an ending, left it awhile, came back to it, added this ending, that one, as you do at times. The Mermaid of Bangkok came out of my spending a week in Thailand. I was actually sitting at the little French bakery and coffee shop I mentioned in the story, and had a weird little hallucination of a mermaid swimming to and fro in the river not ten feet away. Why a mermaid? Is it a real mermaid? A tourist gimmick? The Ghost of Bird has a companion piece in my short play, Care and Feeding of Baby Birds, cross-promotion, yes, very shameless. The Prince Charming piece, again, written years ago, just for me, never thought I'd let anyone peek at it, let alone read it. The Green Man story came out of riding about in the Idaho and Oregon forests and high deserts on a machine called a Gator. We were out in Keithly Creek area-- a real place, by the way-- and that little muse in my head went, hey, what if a green man were sitting across that little stream? Tiny Rooms was my reaction to too many sugar-sweet Christmas movies. Come for the Pie, Stay For The Dragon, it just kind of wrote itself. Idaho City is a small, I mean small, town dependent on tourist dollars, for the most part. What if this woman had a dragon in her Idaho-centric restaurant? A small dragon and...! Three Years From Now stems from my stint in Shenyang City, China, riding those city buses to and fro. So mostly, my travels, and just amusing myself siphoning off some of the visions in my head into fun, sometimes funny, often times where did that come from? prose.
KG: Who is your favourite writer?
AW: I honestly don't know. I have several favorites, including L.M. Montgomery [ yes, Anne of Green Gables fame! ], Isabel Allende, Tennessee Williams, Neil Gaiman, Sam Shepherd, Cormac McCarthy...so many writers yet to discover as well. Molly Ivins!
KG: What's your favourite book?
AW: Ugh! I have to pick just one?! I love books. Mmm...lately, it's been High Tide in Tucson, a collection of essays by Barbara Kingsolver. I've read it many times, found that it hit the spot, if that makes sense. I've also read Watership Down, Richard Addams, so many times I practically had it memorized at one point. Little Women, when I was a young whippersnapper-- which led me to pretty much all the Alcott books. The Blue Castle, L. M. Montgomery's tale of a suppressed, snubbed little nobody who gets to blossom, sly and funny and sweet! I could continue this list for days, so I'll leave it there. Oh!! It and The Stand, two of my fave King books. Re-read them multiple times instead of going to the Prom or whatever other people do with their time.
KG: Do you read a lot? If so what are you reading right now?
AW: Oh my, yes. Right now, have been on a non-fiction kick, reading lots of travel books, essays, political leanings. I just read The Sex Lives of Cannibals, by Troost, and have also read his book on travelling through China. There was also The Wordy Shipmates, Sarah Vowell. A little Jane Austin foray, Pride and Prejudice. I actually picked up Eight Cousins, Alcott, as something light and frothy and fun to peruse until I can find something more Grand Guignol and heavy, of course.
KG: What writing projects are you working on at the moment?
AW: Well. I started a play called The Adventures of Sexy Jesus and Grumpy Odin. And then restarted it and restarted that and then scrapped it and restarted it yet again. And had that light bulb go on in the middle of my head. Maybe this is a novel. So! Sat down with my story, mapped it out, outlined it, tried a chapter or two, scrapped that...and am currently amusing myself just letting the story go where it wants to. I also have another novel, The Remarkable Women of Brokenheart Lane, on a backburner, a few chapters shy of actually being finished-- cannibal biker gangs, feisty elderly sisters, Nevada, so it's a lovely gentle story, of course. Need to rewrite my Mermaids play and rework the first part of my Cue the Violins novel and...! There's also...yeah, there's many, many projects just waiting for me to open that gate and let em buck.
KG: Where do you see yourself and your writing in five years’ time?
AW: That I'll have improved as a writer, that I'll have a wider audience for my writing and I'll be more savvy about the business end of writing.
KG: What do you like most about writing?
AW: I don't like it; it's rather like liking air. I can't live without writing. It's been a giant ogre in my peaceful little village, terrorizing and wreaking havoc. It won't let me rest or move onward. It's an obsession, a craving, an addiction, a child that never leaves my side, always demanding cookies and blood and my soul. And I hate it and love it and wish it would un-sink its teeth in my hide and yet wish those teeth would sink past the bones into some other plane altogether.
KG: What one writing tip would you share?
AW: Write it down. Get it out of your head and onto paper, onto a computer, a scrap of envelope, anything at all. Get it out of your head and out into the world in some form or another. And then go from there.
KG: What would you say to inspire young writers?
AW: Develop a tough skin. Don't get precious about your writing. Develop a sense of humor. A trust fund will come in handy, too, if we're being honest. Persevere. Keep slogging. A friend of mine said being a writer is more like a marathon than a sprint. Expect to be jogging a long, long time.
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