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Rising Stars: Meet Angela Anagnost-Repke

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angela Anagnost-Repke. 

Hi Angela, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started writing after resigning from my teaching job to help care for my mother with advanced cancer. It started as a hobby, and therapy really, but has slowly blossomed into a career. I love writing about parenting, nature, and slow living in general. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Writing is a competitive career both externally and internally. When you see friends publishing books, it’s hard not to play the compare game. But I’ve learned to trust my own timing. I believe that in life, different phases come with different kinds of work and focus. I had a good book idea about being an unscientific parent giving the gift of nature to kids and I got a literary agent right away. But then came in all of the rejections from publishers. Finally, I had a publisher interested, but the editor wanted me to change the idea. So, as hard as it was, I listened to my inner voice and declined. Now, I have another idea and will slowly push forward with that. As with most careers, writers need to find a life balance and focus in when the time comes. But it’s vital to have time to play and be creative to prevent burnout. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m probably most known for my personal essays on parenting. I try to be transparent and help other mothers feel less alone. One of the pieces I’m most proud of happens to also be one of my first. It’s about the day I took my mother to get her head shaved because it was falling out due to her chemotherapy treatments. The piece ends with me rocking my baby daughter in her nursery. Feeling my mother’s fight within me and then in my daughter, gave me hope for the future. Now, eight years later, my mother is still alive–watching her granddaughter grow. 


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