Ann E Eisenstein grew up on a farm in Sidney, Ohio. She started writing in elementary school, where she was an editor and illustrator for the school newsletter. Ann continued writing through high school, writing the class play and senior class song, on into college. She also was active in sports through high school, playing softball, volleyball, and basketball. She played piano and saxophone in the orchestra and dance band.
Ann graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a BS degree in Education (K-9), with a minor in English and Journalism. She taught elementary school in Ohio before obtaining her M.Ed. in School Psychology from Wright State University, in Fairborn, Ohio. She also taught a bilingual 6th grade class in California. As a psychologist, she served in school systems in Texas, California, Michigan, and South Carolina, in adolescent psychiatric treatment facilities, in private practice, and for the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice. She taught college level Psychology in Columbia, SC, where she currently resides.
She has designed and implemented a wide range of tutorials geared toward helping individuals enhance self-concept, increase coping skills, manage addictive behavior and identify behavioral traits and abusive behavior in self and others. Specializing in child, adolescent, and family therapy, Ann has led a variety of seminars and workshops to assist educators, parents and lay people in working with children and families. These topics have included stress management, grief, loss and separation, child abuse and neglect, behavior management and intervention, substance abuse, and teen cult and gang behavior. She developed a comprehensive system of Crisis Management to be implemented within South Carolina Schools.
In addition, Ann has appeared on radio and television, and spoken to school districts, businesses, and at military bases, discussing such topics as depression, addiction, eating disorders, teen suicide, teen occultism, Satanism, gang behavior, media violence, child/adolescent behavior, conflict management, chronic illness, death, and stress and post-traumatic-stress disorder. Ms. Eisenstein appeared with Bill Moyer on a nationally televised program, The Effects of War on Children, which aired on the eve of Operation Desert Storm. She was a presenter at the National Organization, Girls World Expo, speaking on “Social Media & Cyber Safety”. Recently Ann appeared on Low Country Live in Charleston, SC, discussing Internet Safety and her books, Hiding Carly and Fallen Prey. Ann has presented workshops at several book festivals and conferences.
Ann teaches a variety of writing workshops for adults and children. Some of her most popular are:
- Creative Writing for Young Adults
- Creative Writing for Middle Grade
- Writing the Young Adult Novel
- Writing the Middle Grade Novel
- Beginnings, Middles, and Endings
- First Pages
- Color Your World – Techniques to Improve, Enrich, & Enhance Your Writing
- I Second That Emotion – Pulling the Emotional Trigger(s) of Your Character(s)
- What’s the Mystery – Writing for the Thrill of It!
- How to Make your Dialogue Snap, Crackle, and Pop
- Dialogue Dish Du Jour – Tawk to Me
- Who’s On First (POV)
- Teaching About Social Issues Through Books
- Social Media and Cyber Safety
- Internet Safety for Educators and Parents
- Banning, Burning and Bigotry
Ann currently lives in Columbia, SC where she enjoys writing, drawing, mixed martial arts and fitness classes, gardening, and her friends. She continues to mentor and guide children and volunteer to work with schools and other groups. She is an active member of:
- SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators)
- SCWW (South Carolina Writers Workshop)
- NASP (National Association of School Psychologists)
- NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
- FBICCAAA (Federal Bureau of Investigation Citizen’s Academy Alumni Association)
- RCSDCAA (Richland County Citizen’s Academy Alumni Association)
- SC InfraGard (South Carolina InfraGard)
Hiding Carly, the first book in the Sean Gray Junior Special agent Mystery series, addresses issues of parental kidnapping, abuse, bullying, and loss of a parent. Fallen Prey, book two, addresses criminal investigation,internet safety and predators.