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Anne Koch Published a Book a Year Since 2011

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Anne Koch

My last post considered how my 2015 New Year’s resolutions worked out and what new goals for 2016 would be attainable.  I am inspired by Anne Koch, a  who had succeeded with her goals to publish a book each year since 2011.

Anne Koch All About the storyIt’s All About the Story: Composing a Life in Books published in July, 2011 was the first in her series. In twenty-two essays, Koch reflects on mystery, detective and romance stories. Why these genres matter and what  makes them relevant to modern life is explored.






Anne's Finding Home A Memoir of Arts and CraftsFinding Home: A Memoir of Arts and Crafts, published in August, 2012, is Koch’s second success. She reflects on rug hooking and macrame, tole painting, letter writing, calligraphy, card making, and porcelain painting.

She writes about her experiences with popular crafts and art that began when she was a young mother.  While creating in multiple mediums, she discovered lessons, not only in the projects undertaken, but for living.

When I read this book, I didn’t want it to end. I could identify with her feelings about art although I haven’t produced as much as she has. Her porcelain painting, a skill that dates back to ancient China, is magnificent.



Anne Koch Following AliceFollowing Alice: A Life in Teaching, published in June, 2013, would make a fascinating book for high school teachers to read. Koch’s admirable work with students should make the book required reading for educators.

Since I have taught for over thirty years, I understand her efforts and successes in helping students have a  love of learning.  As I read the book, I often wanted to clap at the end of several of her essays.





Anne Koch Look Both Ways coverLook Both Ways at the Intersection of Yesterday and Tomorrow was published in June, 2014, and is the final installment in her essay quartet, A Conversation with the World.

On the back cover, Koch asks, “How does one respond when the frozen past meets the fluid present? Reject and retreat or reflect and reframe?”

She used the metaphor of traffic signals as a frame for “what shaped her thinking, what upended it, and what opportunities lie ahead as life’s journey winds on.”

Anne Koch Nearer to SpringOctober, 2015, Anne Koch’s fifth published book is, Nearer to Spring, A Story of Christmas Lost and Found in Letters. These essays “trace her transformation from fed up to fascinated and exhausted to encouraged as she revisits decades of holiday mail, spurred on by a chance meeting with a garage spider and an encounter with her childhood copy of E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web.”





Anne Koch is a member of California Writers Club, Tri-Valley branch, a former teacher, administrator, and university professor, and a dear friend of mine. All of her books are on Amazon and any one of them or all, make perfect Christmas gifts.

Thank you, Anne for your essays, inspiration, and for accomplishing your goal: five books in five years for readers’ enjoyment.


  1. ladywinfred says:

    The lady’s a beacon for us all!

    • Yes, Ladywinfred, she is a beacon. A couple of her essays are in Written Across the Genres so you could get an idea of her writing style.

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