Anne Schroeder’s love of the American West was fueled by her Norwegian grandfather’s stories of hardscrabble farming and loss. She collected those stories in her memoir, Branches on the Conejo: Leaving the Soil after Five Generations. She shares her own stories in a second memoir, Ordinary Aphrodite, a light-hearted journey of small steps from the boomer generation.
After earning a degree at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (with a husband and a toddler,) she worked in the social service, television and banking fields until she combined these skills in a pizza restaurant. After nearly two decades she sold her restaurant and focused on writing and family. Now she writes full-time from Oregon and California’s Central Coast.
Over 60 of her short stories and essays have appeared in print. She has earned awards including the LAURA Award, Win/Win Persie Award, NAAPW Humor award, Gold Quill award and others. Cholama Moon is book one of a series set in California’s Mission and post-Mission era.
She served on the Board of Women Writing the West and NightWriters, and is a member of Native Daughters of the Golden West and Western Writers of America. She has taught numberous writing classes.
Steve, her husband of many years, her three grown children and two dogs share her love of the West. Now she’s sharing her passion with her grandchildren.