“Anna has her own demons she is battling, but she wants to get the case reopened,” Ferris said. “She is determined and very brave.”
Ferris was born at Fort Hamilton Hospital and grew up in Oxford. She left town for about six or seven years before moving back and settling in Hamilton in 1997.
“I went to Miami University and graduated with a degree in sociology — the study of people,” the newly-published author said with a laugh.
She said her joy of being around people and cracking a good book led her into writing.
“I enjoy reading and that got me into writing,” Ferris said. “Writing was on my bucket list. ‘What does it take to write a novel?’ I always wondered. Talking to mutual friends about the business, networking and talking to people at Miami helped. Plus, I was always surrounded by people who loved writing.”
Her father, John Huntington was a professor at Miami who taught educational psychology at the graduate level. Her mother Jackie also retired from the university and they both still live in Oxford.
“My father wrote when he was teaching and I learned quite a bit from him about writing,” Ferris said.
She added that the joy of publishing her first novel is hard to put into words and she is happy to have Hamilton and Oxford references in the book.
“There are little hidden treasures around Hamilton, Oxford and even in Cincinnati that are in the book,” Ferris said. “People who live here will be able to pick them out.”