Anna-Marie O’Brien

Anna-Marie grew up in Ohio as a big fan of books and music. In 1990, She moved to Los Angeles at the age of 18 to pursue her heavy metal dreams on the Sunset Strip. She had quite an adventure, and then wrote a book about it. It’s called Adventures of a Metalhead Librarian. 

She’s currently working on her second book.

Aside from being a writer, she is a mom, a wife, and a librarian. She also helps people with their writing – beta-reading, editing, moral support, and coaching. She has an affinity for the supernatural, alternative history, astrology and tarot, and loves all things medieval. She’s a little OCD+ADD+ESP with a good dash of rebelliousness thrown in.

All fueled by coffee and rock n’ roll.

She has an undergraduate degree in medieval history from Arizona State University, and a masters degree from UCLA in library & information science.

She lives in Phoenix with her husband and children.

***Description adapted from AMO’s website, where you can find her blog, coaching/editing info, and other great things about her!

Adventures of a Metalhead Librarian: Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music has colored the lives of many, especially during the 80s and 90s, when the melodies mirrored the laborious rebirth and growing pains of a nation (and really, the world). One such life was that of Anna-Marie O’Brien, whose heart and soul were filled with music from the very start. The young Kiss Army warrior fought her way through abandonment, loss, and hardship with a strength and vigor known only to those of us who have endured true heartbreak.

Powered by the love of music and truly fierce fandom (I mean…really. Who else would be smiling from ear to ear after spraining their ankle and losing their shoes in a mosh pit?), Anna-Marie uses sheer willpower to get across the country and into the eternal sunshine of California by age 19. Once there, it seems as though Fate has provided for her, giving her a place to stay and even a job on the Strip. Through a series of moves and job changes, Anna-Marie weathers several storms and ends up at her dream job with Metal Blade Records. Her experiences there, moving in and out of time with good friends and her favorite musicians, changed her life forever. The magic of LA runs out, and she is forced to make some hard decisions. Fortunately, this Metalhead is no stranger to change and isn’t afraid to start over.

Anna-Marie is open and honest with herself and her readers, which takes a lot of guts. To know that people have had the same thoughts and feelings as us (good, bad, and ugly) is a relief after so many years of people pretending everything is, and always has been, ok. Anna-Marie’s words will help bring people together by showing the reality of the Human experience during a particularly impassioned and ardent generation. After all, we’re all just trying to get through this crazy thing called “life,” fighting against the repressive norms (born of fear for survival) that have been thrust upon us by generations before us.

While this book will be particularly exciting for those who grew up in the 80s and early 90s, Anna-Marie’s story has something for everyone. This book is for the lonely and the broken, the warriors and the strange, the determined and the hearty—but mostly, this book is for the survivors.

Personal note from me: As it was the first book I edited to be published, this memoir has a very special place in my heart, and so does the author. AMO is so sincere and real, and has so much to tell. Her badassness is amplified by killer storytelling ability and a wicked sense of humor. I look up to her for her fearlessness and am grateful to have such a person as a friend and example of how not to let the unknown keep you from your dreams. If you’d like to check out her book, it can be found on Amazon *here*!