In the late 1980s, Anita migrated to San Francisco, escaping life as a New York City fashion model. In further efforts to avoid the 9-5, and figure out how to use a Fine Arts degree in Drawing & Painting, a random detour lead her to writing in earnest: children’s stories and adult fiction. Anita joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators which led to working as a freelance oral tradition storyteller for schools, libraries and corporations, a skill which served her well during the seven years she spent as a homeschool mama.

Anita’s upcoming book, PEACH SEED MONKEY, is her first completed novel (her first effort—Headrag—is waiting patiently on a floppy disk).

Anita is executive director of The Gaines-Jones Education Foundation, a small family foundation she co-founded with her husband, Robert Roehrick in 2002 in memory of her mother, father and sister.