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Facing Forty Upside Down 

Facing fears and aging gracefully (most of the time!).  Learning at midlife things I was too chicken to learn as a kid.  Like this:Adventures in parenting and teaching children with special needs.  And finding peace in a crazy life.  Excerpted in Good Housekeeping Magazine and a Top 25 Funny Mom on Circle of Moms. Come join the fun!

I just finished writing my first book!  SOME NERVE: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave will be published by Riverhead Books/Penguin Fall 2013

Complete list of where my writing has appeared and links to radio interviews here

 

Veteran publicist from The NY Times, W.W. Norton, Taunton Press, Basic Books.

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Oh!  I'm also a yoga teacher.  Ommmmmm. 

 

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Who I am:
I'm the author of the forthcoming book SOME NERVE: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave (Riverhead Fall 2013) a nonfiction book about how ordinary people face everyday fears, as well as the blogger behind Facing Forty Upside Down about trying new things in midlife. Thrilled to be a Good Housekeeping "Blogger We Love" and a Circle of Moms Top 25 Funny Mom. When I'm not scaring myself silly I'm busy with my 2 kids and yoga students and figuring out what to make for dinner.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
www.pattychanganker.com
@PattyChangAnker
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
SOME NERVE: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave (Riverhead Fall 2013). My writing has been featured in Good Housekeeping Magazine, The Huffington Post, Audrey Magazine, iVillage and other websites.
My writing is:
Nonfiction, Memoir, Blog Posts
Services I offer to other writers:
Veteran publicist (New York Times, W.W. Norton, Basic Books), I'm currently available to write press releases and website copy as a freelancer.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Attended Bread Loaf Writers Conference 2011
My professional associations:
AWP, Asian American Writers Workshop, Asian American Journalists Association
I found out about She Writes from:
Laura Rossi

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Patty Chang Anker commented on the group 'Mother Writer!'
"Have your kids inspired to you face a fear or try something new? I'd love to hear your story!  "
May 21, 2013
Patty Chang Anker posted a status
"Fear of writing? Of failure AND success? I hear ya! My book about facing fears is avail for pre-order. SOME NERVE: http://bit.ly/116Ac21"
May 21, 2013
Nimisha Joseph liked Patty Chang Anker's profile
Feb 18, 2013
Patty Chang Anker left a comment for Member News
"I finished the manuscript for my first book!!!  It's called SOME NERVE:  Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave (Riverhead 2013) nonfiction/memoir/self-help about how ordinary people face every day fears. Of course, facing my fear of…"
Feb 5, 2013
Patty Chang Anker replied to the discussion 'Name your mama blog here' in the group Mother Writer!
"Hiya, my blog  Facing Forty Upside Down is about trying new things in midlife, inspired by my special needs kids who go outside their comfort zones all the time.  Why should we grow old and boring??? "
Feb 20, 2011
Patty Chang Anker commented on the group 'Mother Writer!'
"Thank you for the welcome, Elizabeth!  Your piece "This" made me burn!  Keep holding your head up high, I'm rooting for you."
Feb 18, 2011
Patty Chang Anker left a comment for Meagan Frank
"Meagan!!  I'm so happy you reached out.  1) if the pics on my blog made you hungry, you are an ADVENTUROUS eater! 2) Your blog made me laugh out loud - I love that you live at 3 Ring Circus, USA and that you're dealing with the…"
Feb 18, 2011
Meagan Frank left a comment for Patty Chang Anker
"Welcome Patty!  Looking at your blog made me hungry:). I love the premise of your blog...good for you that you are trying new things, and with a sense of humor.  I look forward to getting to know you. Meagan Frank Choosing to Grow"
Feb 17, 2011
Patty Chang Anker commented on the group 'Mother Writer!'
"Hi fellow Mother Writers!  I just joined Shewrites and I'm loving having company on this writing journey we're on.  I am the mother of 2 girls with special needs and I write about facing fears and taking chances in midlife…"
Feb 17, 2011
Patty Chang Anker left a comment for Kelli Swearingen
"Thanks so much, Kelli!  I'm looking forward to getting to know you and the other great mother writers in the group!"
Feb 17, 2011
Kelli Swearingen left a comment for Patty Chang Anker
"Welcome to Mother Writer,Patty! If you haven't already, feel free to introduce yourself, browse our threads, or start one of your own. And again, welcome to Mother Writer. kelli rodin (admin)"
Feb 17, 2011
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Feb 17, 2011
BookPRGirl left a comment for Patty Chang Anker
"Hi Patty! It's Laura. Welcome!  "
Feb 17, 2011
Patty Chang Anker left a comment for Julia Barry
"Hi Julia, thanks for the warm welcome, loving shewrites already!  Come take a peek at my dolled-up page, suggestions welcome :)"
Feb 16, 2011

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At 9:28pm on February 17, 2011, Meagan Frank said…
Welcome Patty!  Looking at your blog made me hungry:). I love the premise of your blog...good for you that you are trying new things, and with a sense of humor.  I look forward to getting to know you.

Meagan Frank
Choosing to Grow
At 8:24pm on February 17, 2011, Kelli Swearingen said…
Welcome to Mother Writer,Patty! If you haven't already, feel free to introduce yourself, browse our threads, or start one of your own. And again, welcome to Mother Writer.
kelli rodin
(admin)
At 8:11am on February 17, 2011, BookPRGirl said…

Hi Patty! It's Laura. Welcome!

 

At 11:18pm on February 15, 2011, Julia Barry said…
Hi Patty,

So glad you are here, and welcome to She Writes!

You can check out the Getting Started section to help you find your way around, or a great way to jump in is to get involved with our Groups.

Feel free to let me know if you have any questions!

Warm best,
Julia Barry
Social Community Manager @ She Writes
 
 
 

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