USA Today Bestselling author Founder of award winning Tall Poppy Writers
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Hi. I write and speak about subjects that confound most people; how to feel better when life is hard, how to write better in a noisy world, and how to love better-yourself and others. I'm real, unscripted, warm and often funny. What gives me the audacity to think anyone wants to listen? I've tried and failed at big things. I've succeeded at small things and spend a lot of time thinking about how to switch that up. If you’re the kind of person who is into that kind of thing, I'm here for you. Oh, and I'm a doctor of health psychology and a bestselling author. I devote much of my life to lifting, educating, and inspiring women to feel better every day. Ann Garvin, PHD is an award winning novelist, scientist, nurse, entrepreneur, producer at the LA startup Speak.Studio. She is a USA TODAY best-selling author of I Thought You Said This Would Work, I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around, The Dog Year, and On Maggie’s Watch, Ann’s writing has been published in USA Today, Psychology Today, Writer’s Digest, The Huffington Post, The Last Word on Nothing, Unreasonable, and she has performed several times in The Moth, The Vagina Monologues and Listen To Your Mother. Ann is a professor of Health Psychology at the University of Wisconsin and She teaches writing at the University of Wisconsin Madison Continuing Education and Drexel University Masters of Fine Arts program, and has held positions at Miami University and Southern New Hampshire in their Masters of Fine Arts program. Ann is the founder of The Tall Poppy Writers, the only scaled, author-driven marketing cooperative in the U.S. that is exclusive to female authors who publish in a variety of genres—with a social media reach of a half a million on any given day. The Tall Poppies boast partnerships with Frances Ford Coppola, Speak.Studio, BookShip, BookTrib, Bedside Reading and is part owner of The Fifth Semester writing program.
“I Thought You Said This Would Work is a heart-breaking and hilarious story of how we rescue each other. It's a great, big, generous, warm-hearted page-turner about best friends and love and loss and forgiveness and dogs, told with absolute honesty and humor. You couldn't ask for more from a novel.” ---Lauren Fox, New York Time Best SellingAuthor of SEND FOR ME “Nobody captures the nuances of friendship like Ann Garvin. I Thought You Said This Would Work features incredibly relatable characters who rely on old friends to help them muddle through the challenges of midlife with humor and grace. Despite long-held grudges and jealousy, this is a tale of sacrifice and devotion (and dogs!), and the importance of feeling truly known.” --- Christina Clancy, Author of SHOULDER SEASON "Equal parts hilarious and heartfelt, I THOUGHT YOU SAID THIS WOULD WORK kept me reaching for tissues—from laughing so hard. This book is a pure delight." —Colleen Oakley, USA Today bestselling author of YOU WERE THERE TOO “Ann Garvin navigates the twists and turns of female friendship like few writers working today. I THOUGHT YOU SAID THIS WOULD WORK is at once profound, hilarious, and ridiculously entertaining. Her best novel yet, I didn’t want it to end!” --- Karen Karbo NYT best-selling author of Yeah, No. Not Happening “No one captures the human condition in all its complexity, humor, and magnificence quite like Ann Garvin. I THOUGHT YOU SAID THIS WOULD WORK is a relatable story about the complexity of female friendship, its evolution through the years and the people who are always there no matter what. In the pages of her approachable and inspirational new novel, Garvin is at the height of her distinctive, transportive storytelling powers. You will laugh, cry and find yourself rushing back to the page whenever you have to walk away.” — Kristy Woodson Harvey, USA TODAY Bestselling Author of FEELS LIKE FALLING. “Road trip! Three women embark on a breakneck, cross country adventure in this wholly original story of friendship and old misunderstandings, love and devastating loss. Filled with Garvin's signature humor and heart, this book takes the reader on a wild ride with rescued pets, romantic possibilities, and one highly-charged secret.” --- Amy Poeppel, Author of SMALL ADMISSIONS “Ann Garvin knows how to find the ooey-gooey center of your emotions to make you laugh, cry, and hoot in appreciation. I THOUGHT YOU SAID THIS WOULD WORK celebrates female friendship in all its complicated glory. Read immediately, curled up with a furry friend and hot cup of coffee.” —Amy E. Reichert, author of THE KINDRED SPIRITS SUPPER CLUB "Laughter, tears, and an unforgettable cast of characters: I Thought You Said This Would Work has everything I love, so it’s no surprise that I adored this novel. Ann Garvin’s latest, about three unlikely allies on the road trip to end all road trips, is the sort of life-affirming story we all need right now. I can’t recommend it highly enough.” —Camille Pagán, bestselling author of THIS WON’T END WELL.
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