About Annie

Katie’s favorite picture of me for some odd reason.

I come from the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. The daughter of an ex-con and a dancer, I spent my formative years helping my father bootleg to make ends meet.

I became an adult and an unwed mother in rapid succession before marrying a man who told me “the only way you will get away from me is if one of us dies.”

I proved him wrong. Choosing not to remarry, I went on to live a simple life in a simple home. I have a simple job. I volunteer with a local animal rescue. I spend my spare time enjoying my children and grandchildren, caring for my home and pets, reading to expand my mind, and writing.

This website is my story of success. If a single mother who barely graduated high school can manage to simplify her life, build a successful business, and find happiness anyone can.

You just have to keep trying.

I’ve written a lot of strange little books sharing my odd view of life in hopes of helping others. My most notorious book is titled The Shoestring Girl: How I Live on Practically Nothing and You Can Too, but The Minimalist Cleaning Method is pretty popular as well. You can find them at the following places:

Barnes and Noble
Apple iBooks

They’re on sale at other places too but you get the picture. Just do a search for my name (Annie Jean Brewer) and I pop up all over the place. You can even read an interview I did for Smashwords here. If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to email or message me on Facebook. I’m not constantly online but I will reply when I can.

If you find this website helpful, please make a small donation to keep this website alive via Paypal here:



I also have a small Amazon store featuring not only the books I have written but other items you might find of interest. Every little purchase you make through this link helps keep this website alive so I hope you consider visiting. You can find that here.

Contact Me

If you would like to tell me to go jump off a bridge here’s how you can do it. If you just want to reach out and say hi or you have a suggestion that’s even better. Actually, I prefer that to the “go jump off a bridge” any day.

email: annie(at)annienygma(dot)com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annienygma
Twitter: https://twitter.com/annienygma


Recently I had a battle with hackers over this website. To defeat them I deleted everything and started completely over so that I could make sure that I eliminated any possible back doors buried in the 8 years or so of work I had put into this place. Fortunately, the Wayback machine has an archive of the majority of my old posts so you can check them out here. It isn’t perfect but it’s better than nothing.

In the meantime if you subscribed in the past you might have to subscribe again (sorry). It was either that or risk exposing you all.

Anyway, love you guys but gotta go. We’ll chat later, okay?