Ann Levingston Joiner grew up in
She was born Martha Ann Levingston in 1943, and attended public schools in Orange. She graduated from Lutcher Stark High School in 1961, and attended Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas during 1962 and 1963 before her marriage to William S. Joiner. Her children, two girls and a boy, were born between 1967 and 1971. During the years she was married, she spent much of her time working with such volunteer associations as the Orange Service League, the City of Orange Junior Museum, the Orange Public Library, Orange Memorial Hospital, and the local Salvation Army.
Returning to school after her divorce, she earned her BA at
She retired in 2002 and moved to San Antonio to be closer to her children. A Myth in Action was published in 2006. She writes during the day, and tutors students in both writing and literature for a few evening hours each week.
Her granddaughter, Jennifer Catherine Joiner, is scheduled to arrive in mid-March of 2009.