ANNE NIEDERKORN, MIDDLE, is wedged between her brothers as an infant in the cover photo for her book. 	        submitted photo
ANNE NIEDERKORN, MIDDLE, is wedged between her brothers as an infant in the cover photo for her book. submitted photo

     MOST PEOPLE HATE getting laughed at.

     For Anne Niederkorn? It’s the basis for her first book.

     Inspired by the positive comments she got from her blog, the Riponite is set to have her first tome published.

     “I have always wanted to be an author; when I was a kid I would always write stories and illustrate them myself,” Anne said. “I’ve always written fiction, but when I started my blog, www.annapalooza.net, I discovered I also liked sharing funny stories from my everyday life — many of them based on embarrassing situations. Someone once told me it was like reading a sitcom, which was a wonderful compliment.”

     She utilizes her misfortunes to humorous effect in “Little Polish Kids,” which will be available starting in January via Amazon, both digitally and in print.

     “It’s been on my bucket list all my life to publish a book,” Anne said. “It’s one thing to say you’re writing a book; it’s another thing to actually finish.”

     INSPIRATION FOR THE  book began with a blog entry about a particularly unfortunate mishap from Anne’s childhood.

     “I wrote a funny and true story in my blog of how I fell out of a moving car when I was 5 years old. I literally rolled across Main Street in Marinette, Wis.,” she said. “I got some good feedback, even from total strangers. It got me thinking about my childhood and all the other funny things that happened to my brothers and me in the ’70s and ’80s — many things that Gen X can relate to.

     “Throw in the fact that we were little Polish Catholic kids who liked to dress up like priests and nuns and put on pretend masses for our parents and grandmas, and you’ve got some good stories.”

     Creating “Little Polish Kids” was a fun exercise in mining her childhood memories, Anne discovered. ...

     To read the entire column, see the Dec. 14, 2017 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.