Ann Ingle had never written a book before her friend, Paul Howard (creator of Ross O’Carroll Kelly), told her that legendary rally driver Rosemary Smith was looking for someone to write her story.
Paul had met Rosemary while he was researching his book on Tara Browne and thought Ann would be the ideal person to write the book—primarily, according to Ann, because the two women were of similar vintage.
Ann knew nothing about cars, and didn’t even drive, but the two women met and then continued to meet every week for 18 months. The result was ‘Driven’, Rosemary’s life story ghostwritten by Ann.
Ann, who was born in England, came to live in Ireland in the 1960s. After raising her family of eight, she completed a BA (Hons) in English and History in Trinity College Dublin, She has been writing and editing ever since and is currently working on her memoir.