one day, author Ann Gerfin 71 may write a childrens
tale about wizards and magic and an adult horror story for Blood
and Midnight magazine. Its just another day for an author
specializing in both childrens literature and adult horror.
Writing to different audiences keeps my writing fresher,
Gerfin didnt plan on writing for such a varied readership.
An elementary education major, she taught fifth grade in Marlton
for six years. Her experience with children made her want to write
for them. But as she started developing her craft 17 years ago,
she began to dabble in books for older audiences, too. She wrote
a few romance stories and eventually moved to the horror genre.
I decided to take on the pen name Ann Griffen for my adult
books, she says. I don't want kids reading one of those!
Gerfin earned her first byline in 1992 when the magazine Gothic
Light ran one of her horror stories. In 1995, she wrote Shrinking
Lessons and Spies on Wheels when bePUZZLED, a
childrens publisher, hired her to compose two mysteries. She
also reviewed Stephen Kings novel, Salems Lot,
for Tenebres, a French magazine. She received three awards in a
Writers Digest writing competition and was a semifinalist
in L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future contest.
Gerfin continues to work on a novel about the supernatural she started
eight years ago. She also plans to write a mid-length book for children.
I ideally see myself writing 50/50 for adults and children,
she says. I like to keep a lot of different pots cooking at
the same time.