Friday, October 26, 2012

October 27 book signing

I was a late addition, so I'm not on the poster, but I'll be signing books at Rick's place cafe in Monmouth from 2-4 pm.

I hope to see you all there.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tuesday Reading Recap and Book signing 10/27

I did NOT expect a standing-room only crowd at my very first reading. You guys are AWESOME. I am humbled and flattered.

If you missed the reading, you have another chance. I was invited at the last minute to be at a book signing with Barbara Freeman and another author at Rick's Place Cafe (123 N. Main Street in Monmouth) on Saturday, October 27th between 2-4 PM. I'd love to chat about writing, sign a book for you or generally hang out around some writers.

See you then!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Oct 23, noon, Maren Bradley Anderson Author Reading

T-minus one day.

Yeah, I'm freaking out a little. :)

I am speaking/reading from my book Liz A. Stratton Closes the Store tomorrow (Oct 23) at noon at WOU.

I am alternately torn between wanting a packed house to hear me read my spectacularly funny book and hoping no one shows so no one will know what a fraud I am.

Either way, I hope you'll show up and that you'll laugh in all the right places. :)


The WOU Writing Department Presents:

The Starving Artists’
Brownbag Lunch Series

Calapooia Room in Werner from 12-115PM

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 – Maren Bradley Anderson

Maren Bradley Anderson is a writer, teacher, podcaster, blogger, and alpaca rancher who lives in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. She teaches Literature and Writing at Western Oregon University and just published her first novel, Liz A. Stratton Closes the Store: A Novel about Sex and Politics.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Updated information on Jen Violi

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 – Jen Violi

Jen Violi is a writer and a book coach, and the author of Putting Makeup on Dead People. Her heartfelt and funny debut Young Adult novel is a story of transformation — how one girl learns to apply lipstick to corpses, and find life in the wake of death. Jen was a finalist for the 2012 Oregon Book Awards and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association called her prose "crisp, refreshing and effortless" when they shortlisted her novel for the 2012 PNBA Book Awards.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

T-minus one week to the reading

Today is the first reading in the Starving Artists series at Western Oregon University. I am going to see Miriam Gershow read today.

Next week, October 23, it's my turn.

I had a dream a week ago that Kate Ristau introduced me. I stood, walked to the podium and opened my find that there were no words, only gobbledeegook printed in red letters. As Kate valiantly stalled for me, I turned page after page, looking for any readable words as the audience became more and more restless.

At least I am guaranteed to not have that problem--in this universe, printed words don't change.

I do have a fear of a too-lightly attended reading. My husband has agreed to be there, and so have my parents. I'm giving my students extra credit to show up. Beyond that, who knows?

I suppose if no one shows up, I can't embarrass myself too much.

I am practicing reading my passage, but I think what will help most is watching Miriam read today. I like having models to follow when I am doing something unfamiliar.

By the way, I am going to post a recording of me reading to my website, either in front of the audience or one of my practice sessions, after the reading.

Plus, I'm going to have a copy of a short story available for people who come to the reading.

Plus plus plus, I am going to talk about my journey to self-publishing at the reading.

I hope to see you there today and next week!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Story Beasty Newsletter!

Hi Everyone!

I am starting a writing newsletter. Below is a link to the first issue. Very soon, I will have a form on this blog and on my other websites where you can sign up for the newsletter. For now, if you want to see more of the same, please comment below or contact me.

Write now!