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Local author to sign children’s book in Dassel

OCT. 12, 2009

Book shares story of sick kitty trying to find a home

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

DASSEL, MN - Local author Ronda Sarner Anderson will be signing her first self-published children’s book “Weezer the Sneezer” at the Little Red Hen Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Anderson, who lives south of Dassel and works for American Time and Signal, came up with the idea after a dream she had one night.

She woke up from her dream, wrote it down, and soon after, learned about a Dassel-Cokato Community Education class on book publishing.

That is where Anderson got much of her encouragement to write and self-publish her own book, based on her very own cat named Weezer.

“I told them my idea and they thought it was a cute title and a cute name,” Anderson said.

The class, which was taught by Jean Tennant, an author from Iowa, explained how one could go about sending a manuscript to a publisher, and also how to self-publish a book.

“It was really an inspirational little class,” Anderson said.

“Just the fact that you can get lifelong learning from Community Education and that you can do it affordably, is terrific,” she added.

Since Anderson works in the marketing department and works with printers, she decided to go the route of self-publishing.

“With self-publishing, you take all the risk, but get all the rewards,” Anderson said.

She also appreciates Little Red Hen owner Brenda Rydberg for the opportunity to have a book signing at the Dassel store in November.

“Weezer the sneezer”

The title for the book came from a stray cat that found Anderson and her husband, Chris.

“She wandered up to the house and then just wouldn’t leave,” Anderson laughed.

“She definitely claimed us. Our [two] dogs were not cat-friendly,” Anderson said.

The name “Weezer” came when Anderson opened up the door to the garage where the cat was staying. Without turning on the lights, Anderson could hear the cat breathing.

Knowing the cat didn’t sound healthy, Anderson called the veterinarian.

When asked what the cat’s name was, Anderson replied, “I don’t know, she’s kind of a weezer.”

Weezer being a sneezer came after the cat sneezed all over the food Anderson’s husband was preparing for lunch one day.

“Now, she is happy, healthy, fat, and loved,” Anderson commented.

In the book, it’s a little girl who finds Weezer.

From writing to publishing the book took about eight months, Anderson said.

She is now working on her next venture, a book for toddlers titled, “Alligators Don’t Like Tators.” It’s about parents encouraging their children to try new things, even though it may be difficult.

For more information about the book, visit www.WeezerTheSneezer.com.

Book signing at The Little Red Hen

Anderson will be reading and signing her book at the Little Red Hen in Dassel Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Litchfield Public Library Thursday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m.


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