Gallery 1001 welcomes Ann Fell as a new member. Fell brings literary art to the gallery, celebrating the recent release of her suspense novel Sundrop Sonata. Well-known for miles around as a registered piano technician who tunes and repairs pianos, few may know that she is also a talented writer.
With Sundrop Sonata, she has merged two loves into the story of a rural Kansas piano technician and the mystery she discovers hidden in a few pianos.
“As a child, I loved to read,” she said, “and I loved to play the piano.” Fell wrote her first story in 5th grade and has been writing ever since.
“Years ago I took a detour into piano technology when researching an article about a Kansas piano tuner,” she said. “It’s come full-circle now, with the world of pianos returning to my novel. If you love to read, and you love music and pianos, this book is for you.”
Fell has published human interest articles in the KANSAS! Magazine, the adoption magazine OURS, and in the Piano Technicians Journal. She has written numerous news articles over the years, most recently tackling publicity articles for Gallery 1001 events. Since 2010, she has published two books, In the Shadow of the Wind, (2014), and Sundrop Sonata (2016).
Excerpts from both books have won awards in writing contests, including the Kansas Writer’s Association 2011, Rose State (Oklahoma) 2013, Kansas Voices 2015, and Kansas Author’s Club District 2 and Kansas Author’s Club state contest 2015. Her memoir In the Shadow of the Wind received the J. Donald Coffin award for the best new book published by a Kansas author in 2015.
Fell also serves as a community advisor for the creative writing students in Marlys Cervantes’ program at Cowley College.
Stop by Gallery 1001 to enjoy the artwork on display, preview the books, and check out the Baldwin piano which inspired part of the story line in Sundrop Sonata.