More About Anne

...than you probably want to know.

My main blog is at There NYT million-seller Ruth Harris and I dispense weekly wisdom on all things related to writing and the publishing industry.

What I write are romantic-comedy/mysteries. Maybe a little more comic than romantic. Since two of my favorite writers are Dorothy Parker and Dorothy L. Sayers, I guess it makes sense that I ended up writing a mash-up of the two "Dorothy" styles. Ruth Harris calls it "Chick Lit Noir."

I've been in the writing business long enough to have collected a pretty full set of mistakes. I blog in hopes of helping some of the new writers out there make better choices.

I live in the little beach town of Los Osos on the Central Coast of California. In a former life I was an actress, bookseller, and the former artistic director of the Patio Playhouse in Escondido, CA. I last appeared in A Comedy of Errors at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. I grew up in New England (Waterville, ME and various college towns in CT) graduated from Bryn Mawr College, and spent some time doing the hippie vagabond thing in several continents. Even got married once. All excellent adventures.

Anne on the wicked stage

My author page at is here.

I’m the author of eight comic mysteries and a collection of short stories and poems. I'm also the co-author of a guidebook for writers, written with Amazon superstar Catherine Ryan Hyde. All my book-length works are detailed on my book page.

My short fiction also appears in the Indie Chicks Anthology (Oct 2011) as well as  Genre Wars (2010) and Notes from the Underground (2011) and Indiestructible (2013). I have a poem in the Silver Boomer Press anthology, From the Porch Swing (2010) and one in Compose Journal (Spring 2013) 

Was Anne one of "the Brontes" in THE GATSBY GAME?
Most of the litzines that published me seem to have gone under (I do hope I didn’t have anything to do with that.) Some of those are Mosaic Minds, Prose Toad, Dispatch Literareview, Chick Flicks, Rogue Voice, and the Women’s Press. My first mystery novel COMING UP FOR AIR was run as a serial by the California entertainment weekly, New Times. I’ve published nonfiction in The Coast News, Bay News, SLO City Press, SLO County Journal, Information Press, HopeDance, Women’s Press, and New Times. I was a columnist from 2002-2008 for the Toronto-based Freelance Writers Organization International, named one of Writer's Digest Top 101 Websites for those years.

I've taught blogging at the at the Central Coast Writer's Conference., and guest blogged for Nathan Bransford about the importance of Trafalmadorians in our literary life.

You can read interviews with me at Morgen Bailey's Blog,  Books, Personally, and on Catherine Ryan Hyde's Blog. I talk to Roz Morris about the "Undercover Soundtrack" of The Gatsby Game.

I talk about the real story behind Sherwood, Ltd at Write it Sideways, and the RG2E and about The
Gatsby Game to Alicia Street. Gatsby has a Golden Review at Indie Writers Anonymous. I discuss No Place Like Home at the RG2E

Here's an interview with Catherine Ryan Hyde and me talking to Joanna Celeste at How to Tell a Great Story.

Here's the story behind my poem No One Will Ever Love Him on the Compose blog.

I discuss the inspiration for No Place Like Home in the September 2014 issue of More magazine in Laura Sinberg's article on women's fears of financial insecurity.

I wrote about how social media can suck away our writing time at the magazine Talking Writing in October of 2013.

I visited Jessica Bell's blog to talk about the ebook revolution in 2013.

My article on short fiction, Short is the New Long appeared in the November 2014 Writer's Digest and is also included in the Writer's Digest's Novel and Short Story Market for 2016. 

Mark Tilbury has named this blog one of the Top 10 Resources for Self-Published Authors.

Here's an interview with Debbie McClure at You Read it Here First where I talk about my latest Camilla mystery, So Much for Buckingham.

I talk about "Why I Write" on Warren Adler's "Writers of the World" blog.

You can read an interview with me at You Read it Here First, I talk with Debbie McClure about So Much for Buckingham as well as self-vs-trad publishing and many other aspects of the writerly life.

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