Annie F. Downs
About the Author

Annie F. Downs is a bestselling author and nationally known speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee. Her most recent books include 100 Days to Brave, Looking for Lovely and Let’s All Be Brave. Read more at and follow her at @anniefdowns.

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  1. Do you think your book would be a good book for teenaged girls in other cultures? I live in rural Africa and wonder if your book would be a good resource for some teenaged girls here to read?

    • Hi Lynn!
      Great question. I have teenaged friends in Scotland who have read the book and they said that while some scenarios are American culture specific, they were able to connect and understand the book. Hope the same is true for your girls. I look forward to hearing what they think! πŸ™‚

  2. i know i say it all the time (maybe not say…but think it at least) but i really think we are very close to the same blade of grass. one of us is just…longer, or more green or something.

    your waffle idea is making me super hungry, especially on a monday morning. and you’ve got mail is my go-to movie. my sisters and my neighbor and her sister will sometimes do entire scenes just because we’re sitting around and someone says something about school supplies or thanksgiving or…something totally unrelated to any of it but it’s just a good movie to quote. my sisters and i actually visited all the places (well, not all, but most) where they shot in NYC when we went up there 5 years ago and it just made my entire life.

    and your parents really liked to live on the cutting edge of names. i mean, they were LIGHT YEARS ahead of chris martin and gwyneth paltrow. and…other celebrities that have named their kids after food. πŸ˜‰

  3. I’m now leading my second group through this book! Really well done. In the leader’s guide, you talk about a video. Is there one released yet? I can’t seem to find it.

  4. Annie,

    “I wish someone would tell me every day that they choose me above all others.”

    I read this statement of yours and a rush of emotion and memories came right to the surface. I hear that cry of yours and understand it. Hold tight to God’s promises.

  5. Oh girlfriend, you didn’t answer all my questions. When I’m in NashyNash next, I’ll be conducting my own interview!

  6. I was in band as a flag twirler. Maybe there is a fantasy camp for grown ups who want to try marching band bec. they didn’t in high school. πŸ™‚

    your book looks great, btw. I (almost) have a teen girl who loves to read. must get a copy for her

  7. Band wasn’t cool in high school?? Well, that certainly explains some things for this flag-twirlin’, flute playin’ band nerd of olde…

    Seriously, though, your answers are exactly why I like you so much. I think we’d be great friends in real life…after I got over being old enough to be your mom…or at least your babysitter. I’d be a cool babysitter (said the band nerd.)

    Sure can’t wait to hear about your newest writing project!!

  8. Oh my gosh, the quote from You’ve Got Mail just made me fall a little more in love with you. You know, like a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils in the fall. πŸ™‚

  9. Hi Annie,
    I love your “choose me” answer. It’s so authentic.

    Tell us about a time that you thought no one would buy your book?
    And thank you.

  10. What you wrote about, Annie, speaks loudly to me…it’s such an important message!

    Two things I observed about you that made me realize more about myself…1) you’d been a journaler all your life and then suddenly just knew that if you didn’t write you’d “explode”…that’s something I’ve discovered about me this past year, in such a big way!, and 2) you identified that you’re “long-winded”…I need to claim that (because it’s true about me, too!) and not feel shame for it!

    I can hardly wait to get my hands on your book!

    Rich blessings…