Joan Anderson is the author of 16 children’s books and five best-selling memoirs: A Year By the Sea, An Unfinished Marriage, A Walk on the Beach, A Weekend to Change Your Life, and The Second Journey. She is a frequent lecturer on women’s topics at conferences throughout the country, and runs Weekend by the Sea programs on Cape Cod and weekend retreats worldwide. Anderson describes herself “as unfinished as the shoreline along the beach, meant to transcend myself again and again,” and delights in encouraging women to know they too are unfinished.
Joan Anderson attended Colby Sawyer College and Yale University School of Drama before beginning her writing career as a stringer reporter for the Gannett newspaper chain. As she practiced her craft, she moved on to photo essay books for children. She later wrote Breaking the TV Habit, a forerunner of No-TV Week in schools throughout the country, before embarking on the personal journey that would lead to her success as a memoir writer. This journey happened quite by accident after she lived for a year by the sea on her own and realized that there was something in the experience worth writing about. Anderson and her popular memoirs have since gotten much attention, including appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show and Today, and features in numerous print publications.