A fifth-generation Californian, Anne Schroeder’s love of writing was fueled by stories of her Norwegian great-grandfather and his neighbors working together to blast a grade out of solid rock. She evokes the drama of growing up in a close-knit Southern California farm community in her first memoir, Branches on the Conejo: Leaving the Soil after Five Generations.
A willingness to say "yes" to life allows Schroeder to use her experiences and her misadventures in life, love and motherhood resonate with the common themes shared amongst women throughout their lives.
In her memoir, ORDINARY APHRODITE, she writes about her experience as a boomer baby who came of age on the crest of the ’60s Social Revolution. Newly released CHOLAMA MOON is the first in a series of historical westerns that depict the Spanish, Mexican and American eras of California's Central Coast and their affect on the Salinan (Mission) Indians who lived there.
Schroeder has had short stories and essays published in national print magazines and the LAURA Journal. She is President of Women Writing the West
She considers exercise a necessary evil, but she enjoys walking her chocolate Lab puppy, Maggie and sitting in the sauna at her gym after an easy workout. Her family is not always thrilled with the fact that their life is an open book, but she tells them that memoir writers are like old show horses; always happiest when they’re in the ring.
Ordinary Aphrodite is an extraordinary collection of essays that celebrate the woman's journey. Written by a baby boomer who understands how her life of small steps has created spiritual and creative connections and who opens herself so that other women will recognize themselves in her story.
Filled with humor, insight and inspiration, this is a life-changer read.