July 27, 2012

Patty Chang Anker and Leanne Dyck, Two Very Cool Writers

I have so much to be thankful for, not least of all my great writer friends!

Yesterday, the hilarious and smart and insightful Patty Chang Anker talked on her blog Facing Forty Upside Down about when we first met at Bread Loaf last year.  We were roommates.  Patty writes these hilarious essay about facing her fears, and what is particularly ironic and hilarious in a twisted way is that she was on crutches at Bread Loaf because she had been facing her fear of the ocean and got pummelled by the waves and broke her foot.  Not only that, but just after Bread Loaf she rounded up her family and everything they would need and flew to China.  We’ve been lamenting to each other that we didn’t go to Bread Loaf this year and that we couldn’t be roommates again there! It was such a blast! Patty is simply the best. Here’s her bio. 

Patty is an at-home mother of two girls with special needs, a yoga teacher, and public relations pro by day and a writer and blogger (Facing Forty Upside Down) by night. She is a former Director of Media Relations for The New York Times and veteran publicist for the publishing houses of W.W. Norton, Taunton Press and Basic Books, including campaigns for the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times series “How Race is Lived in America,” Brian Greene’s The Elegant Universe, Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel, and Andre Dubus III’s House of Sand and Fog. Patty is in the midst of writing an undoubtedly hilarious nonfiction book about facing your fears. For an example of her great writing, click here.  
So Patty so kindly mentioned me yesterday, and now there's today!

The wonderful Leanne Dyck invited me to stop by her blog to talk about writing, which should be posted today on her blog The Sweater Curse, which is also the name of her book.  I know Leanne only through the web, but we’ve had some nice conversations and I can’t wait to read more of her work.

Here’s a little about Leanne.

Leanne Dyck began her knitwear design career in August 2002. Her patterns have sold nationally and internationally including to Britain, Australia, and Israel. Shortly after the The Sweater Curse was published, Leanne closed Olavia's hand knitting patterns to write full-time. Writing is a solitary sport, but Leanne is a team player. She bats for the Crime Writers of Canada and is in goal for the Mayne Island Writers Group.

Thank you both, Patty and Leanne, for letting me hang with you cool people!


Author Leanne Dyck said...

Thank you for the shout out, Tamara. Yup, your speculation was correct--you're visiting my blog today. Thank you for such an entertaining and informative post.
And I think you're pretty cool too.

Tamara said...

Oh, thank you so much, Leanne! It's such an honor. Writing is so solitary, so it's so nice to talk with people. :-)

~ Tamara

Patty Chang Anker said...

"Undoubtedly hilarious"?? My book is supposed to be HILARIOUS? Oh, crap.