Ann was surrounded by family following careers in law enforcement. Her grandfather and uncle were sheriffs in Michigan, another uncle was a medical examiner and a cousin was a prosecutor. She spent her summers with her grandparents doing volunteer work in the local jail.
She eventually graduated from Coatesville High School then attended the University of Washington. She majored in creative writing, along with minors in criminology, penology and psychology. She extended her education for two more years at Highline Community College by taking criminal courses such as crime scene investigation, to include photography, police administration and several others. She continues her adult education in criminal studies to this day and even teaches courses herself.