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Anne Schroeder describes herself as a calorically-challenged Aphrodite with an unmistakable fervor for life. Second of seven children, she was born in Ventura County, California, the subject of her first memoir, BRANCHES ON THE CONEJO: Leaving the Soil after Five Generations.

In 1971 she graduated from Cal Poly, SLO, with a husband, toddler and part-time job, in the first wave of the Social and Sexual Revolution. Her memoir ORDINARY APHRODITE is an adventure tale about a life of small steps in the Boomer women's experience. Her fiction and memoir have won numerous awards.

She is active in Women Writing the West and Western Writers of America. Her Central Coast Series features we;; researched, character-driven novels about the history of Cen...more


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Anne Schroeder What's writer's block? If I can't write I drag myself down to a bench in town and people watch, or take a yellow tablet to a cafe and write free-flow…moreWhat's writer's block? If I can't write I drag myself down to a bench in town and people watch, or take a yellow tablet to a cafe and write free-flow images onto the page. Building a writing brain is like building any muscle--it takes constant effort but it has to be fun or we won't do it.

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Anne Schroeder The realization that my words can change a person's life. I've had so many people tell me they cried, or laughed over my work. I've had 14 women tell…moreThe realization that my words can change a person's life. I've had so many people tell me they cried, or laughed over my work. I've had 14 women tell me they either stopped their divorce or returned to their ex husband after reading my memoir, Ordinary Aphrodite. That's the best feeling ever! (less)
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Ordinary Aphrodite (Biographies & Memoirs)
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Description: In writing this memoir, I wanted to write for the universal "we"--the girls who came of age at the start of the Social and Sexual Revolution. Many of us have created Big Lives simply through the steadniness of our million small steps. We had no mentors; if we maneuvered the minefields we became mentors for the girls who came after us--our sisters and their friends. The charm of this book is that I remind us all how new and uncertain the journey was, and how we managed humor and grace under fire. I invite you to revisit the boomer years. Have a good laugh, a good cry. I hope you enjoy my book. I wrote it for all of us.

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Truth in advertising, I must admit that I wrote this book. It's the first in a series of historical western romances set in California's Central Coast. I am president-elect of Women Writing the West and it's important to me that women's voices are he...more
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Truth in advertising, I wrote this book, so I will give it five stars. Technically, it has a few flaws, but it has a strong heart and good bones. It is ten years worth of essays that examine my life of small steps, beginning with my teen years in a f...more
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