One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Anything by Amy Tan, Wally Lamb, Kurt Vonnegut, Jhumpa Lahiri, Tom Robbins, Carl Hiaasen, Sherman Alexie, Christopher Buckley, & Dr. Suess.

A list of my all-time favorite book and authors during the writing of my first novel, “Rain Forest Jim” — A dark comedy about the take down of a major drug cartel by an unlikely cast of characters: A down-on-his-luck Navajo, the cartel’s own stoned pilots, a gaggle of hookers, an unlucky goose. . . and the elusive Rain Forest Jim.

Her writing muse lurks in the volcanic hills amidst mustangs, marmots and jackalopes. While hiking with her dogs, Ann stumbles upon stories of dark humor.