Ann Renigar Hiatt, Ph.D.
     Author      Speaker      Storyteller
             Ann Renigar Hiatt holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Human Development and Family Studies.  Her graduate research focused on identifying and understanding time-use behaviors and strategies of employed, married women with families who were handling multiple role demands.  She was an assistant professor in the Department of Human Services at UNC Charlotte before living and traveling in Asia and Europe.  In Singapore, she interviewed Philippine women who left their families and worked as nannies and housekeepers to earn money to send home for their children.

             After returning, she became immersed in a stressful but necessary journey with her widowed mother who was diagnosed with vascular dementia.  For the last twenty years, Ann has interviewed, documented, and written about the physical and emotional highs and lows of kind, caring people called caregivers.   Her stories are crafted to entertain and educate readers and, hopefully, promote awareness and understanding of tragic, mental degenerative diseases.

            Ann and her husband live on Lake Norman in North Carolina.  Detour Down Desperation Road is her first non-fiction book of stories.  You may contact her at