Over 50s Lifestyle Vlogcast

Pursuing Joy at just the right time

June 10, 2024
God Bless This Child - author Anne Shaw Heinrich

I’m publishing this episode a week early to coincide with the recent release of Anne’s book.

In this episode of the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast, my guest is Anne Shaw Heinrich, author of God Bless this Child. The first in a three-book series ‘The Women Of Paradise County’

Pursuing Joy at just the right time with author, Anne Shaw Heinrich

In her first book, God Bless the Child, Anne delves into complex intergenerational mother-daughter relationships.

During the interview we discussed:

  • Why it took 18 years to write the novel and what Anne learned from the experience
  • Pursuing Joy n Writing at just the right time – what does that really mean?
  • There is never really a perfect time to do it
  • How to create space to make your passion happen
  • Her advocacy and personal family story around mental health
  • What readers can expect in ‘God Bless this Child’, the first book in the three-book series ‘The Women Of Paradise County’

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Meet Anne

Since she fell in love with writing in high school, Anne Shaw Heinrich has been a journalist, columnist, blogger and nonprofit communications professional, thirty-five years and counting. 

Her first article appeared in Rockford Magazine in 1987. She’s interviewed and written features on Beverly Sills, Judy Collins, Gene Siskel, and Debbie Reynolds. Anne’s writing has been featured in The New York Times bestseller The Right Words at the Right Time, Volume 2: Your Turn (Atria 2006) and Chicken Soup for the Soul’s The Cancer Book: 101 Stories of Courage, Support and Love (2009).

She and her husband are parents to three adult children. Anne is passionate about her family, mental health advocacy and the power of storytelling.  She likes to watch people, to imagine where they’ve been and where they might be going next. Her idea of a good time is being with friends and family, thinking about why we’re here in the first place, and always, always writing.

She starts just about every story idea with a yellow legal pad and a pencil. It’s old school, but she stopped caring what people think about that years ago. Really.

Connect with Anne



Anne Shaw Heinrich (@anne_shaw_heinrich)

God Bless This Child is available from June 7th

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply marsha57 June 10, 2024 at 13:08

    This was a fascinating interview/podcast! I could identify with the putting things off because we’re raising families so much. I’m sure most moms would. Thanks for sharing these, Sue


    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 18, 2024 at 09:15

      I agree, Marsha, most of us have always put others first but that isn’t always healthy. x

  • Reply Toni Pike June 12, 2024 at 16:42

    Congratulations to Joy

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