About Me

Wearing my birthday cupcake

I started writing as a child — a saga about a girl — me — who climbed on the back of a magic statue — a large dog — and traveled the world having fantastic adventures.  Only at night, of course, and always home in time for breakfast.  I also taught as a child — to lines of dolls in front of my chalky blackboard.

Since the seventies, I’ve written ten books, five of which are published (see my webpage), and not counting the unpublished picture books.  (The book on the left is the third in the Katie Jordan series for young readers.)  When I’m feeling more “grown up,” I write memoir — Essays about my family, essays about life, and several of those are published in literary journals, plus a couple on the Home Page of the Christian Science Monitor.  My mother always wanted me to be published in Reader’s Digest, but I failed at this.

The writing classroom has drawn me for more than twenty-five years, mostly at the Benton Center in Corvallis.  Other classrooms and workshops were at conferences sponsored by SCBWI-OR, Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association based in Seattle,  and Willamette Writers based in Portland.  I love working with other writers, helping them whenever possible to grow.  I believe that writing for publication is mostly accomplished by perseverance.  In my opinion, talent is nice, but not as important as the bulldog approach.

Hundreds of printed rejections have entered my snail mailboxes and more rejection notes have flowed into my computer inbox.   Somewhere in this office, is a thick file of printed rejections.  Why on earth have I saved them?  I don’t know.

Good writing years have followed bad ones.  I’ve written hundreds of  pieces that didn’t quite work.  I’ve sent out pieces before they were ready.  When several publishing houses consolidated; one of my editors was fired and the book she had accepted came back to me.  I have hired and fired two agents.  I negotiate my own contracts.  I have despaired of finding time to write while holding down other jobs.

Why a blog now?    My cancer has returned after fifteen months of remission, so I’ve decided to end my

teaching career — I’m afraid of not showing up for class, and then, what would people THINK? 

Ovarian Cancer is a monster, but right now, in spite of the numbers and the CT scans, I feel great.  Many mornings I go to the OSU campus to swim for thirty minutes.  The other day I  picked raspberries and froze them, and did some yard work.   Tomorrow, I’ll walk my brisk two miles, up the twisty road and down the bike path to 29th, and back home.

In spite of uncertainty about the future, life goes on and is full of fun and good books and happy thoughts.  I want to share those with you.   Please join me in the conversation.

8 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Mary Zelinka August 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    You inspire me every day – to be a better writer, to be a better person. You continue to be the best teacher ever. And your blog totally rocks!

  2. Margie Nairn August 18, 2012 at 7:53 am #

    Anne, bravo on starting this wonderful blog. I will be a faithful visitor. Margie Nairn

  3. Rolland Miner AKA Bud March 22, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    Anne
    Walking you home form school in 4th grade, I always knew you would be wonderful person you are.
    Bud

    • Anne Warren Smith March 23, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

      Fourth grade was one of my favorites. Maybe that’s why I write stories for that age. You were brave to walk with me, once I started showing off my boxing skills.

      • Rolland Miner March 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

        Probably just as well you took up writing instead of pugilism. It is a good thing though that you are the fighter that you are.
        Your friend always, chipped tooth and all.
        Bud

      • Anne Warren Smith March 23, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

        Ha Ha! So, I’m forgiven?

  4. Rolland Miner March 23, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

    Ah yes, way back in fourth grade. Best to Jerry and stay as well as you can.
    Bud

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