Anne Sweazy-Kulju, her husband and daughter, transplanted from Southern California to the Oregon Coast in early 1990. They landed in the coastal hamlet of Cloverdale, where they completed restoration-slash-conversion of their 1906 Victorian farmhouse into a Bed & Breakfast Inn. Ms. Kulju published a recipe book for the Inn that also provided local history, stories, and facts. Later on she contributed a series of articles about the area to a regional travel magazine. Her two short stories, "A Party Favor," and "Not Quite Dead," were published, and later earned inclusion in the anthology, Agony in Black.
Ms. Kulju's debut novel, "the thing with feathers," (Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC) will be ready to fly in September, 2012. The author just sold her second novel, working title, "Bodie," to her publisher, and it is now entering production. Anne and her husband of twenty-four years live in Pacific City, Oregon.
I was a better writer before college, I think.
My high school Advanced Comp teacher, Ms. Bailess whipped my writing into shape like a tiny boot camp instructor, while Mr. Chris opened my imagination with great fiction.
Post college, I managed to recover some creativity and style. I took a correspondence writing course, did well, and it bolstered my confidence. I took more classes, and started completing writing assignments for my employer: press releases, newsletters, and the more "creative" customer correspondences. My boss, Carol Sanders, gave me many writing opportunities, helped me to "hone a tone" and, I swear, did more to make a writer out of me than anyone or anything else.
My next novel, "Bodie," is historical fiction (it's all I write), published by Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC, and due for release in 2013: Bad whisky, bad weather, and bad men all converged to create the most violent town in America's history. But did Bodie really averge a murder-a-day, or was it something else causing all of that death?
The author is currently elbow-deep in the writing of her next novel, "Grog Wars": They called them Brew Wars in Milwaukee. They were the feared River Wars, in Chicago. But in Portland, Oregon, Shanghai capital of the world, they were the notorious Grog Wars. Brewing here can be murder...
Check out my FREE short story, posted on Scribd! http://www.scribd.com/AnneSweazyKulju
I love to cook! We served 6-course gourmet breakfasts to our B&B guests, back in the day. In fact, my granola cereals, which I developed for the Inn (until the tail wagged the dog), are still found in specialty food stores today (look for "Wholly Cow"). I sold the food company years ago, shortly after we sold the Inn.
My husband and I work with the National Wildlife Refuge, as wildlife rehabilitators for our stretch of gorgeous Oregon coastline. Our daughter, who was a Vet Tech, also used to bring us poor creatures in need of rescue. We have rescued all 3 of our dogs (there were 4, but we had to say goodbye to Jax, our 13 year old Black Lab) and our cat. Plus, a Savannah Monitor Lizard (it was 42 inches long by the time we found "Spot" a good home), lots of Chinchillas, Mini Lop Rabbits, a Three-Horned Owl, a Coopers' Hawk, a few snakes here and there, and scores of Seagulls. We love critters, and it feels so good whenever we save a life!
The Villalobos Rescue Center for Pit Bulls
The Humane Society of the United States
Wounded Warriors Project
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