Anne Schroeder describes herself as a calorically-challenged Aphrodite with an unmistakable fervor for life. Second of seven children, she was born in Ventura County, California, the subject of her first memoir, BRANCHES ON THE CONEJO: Leaving the Soil after Five Generations. Her memoir ORDINARY APHRODITE is an adventure tale about a life of small steps in the Boomer women’s experience. Her fiction and memoir have won numerous awards. She is active in Women Writing the West and Western Writers of America. Her Central Coast Series features well researched, character-driven novels about the history of Central California in the Mission California era. CHOLAMA MOON is the first in the series, a western romance with gritty attitude. Maria Ines is the second, featuring the hardships of a Native California family during the Spanish Mission era. For me, the joy in writing comes from finding forgotten research books. I love combining facts with storytelling to create an unforgettable saga.