It all started when...
Tarja and Janine
met in 2015 through the 501(c)(3) nonprofit writing group Write on Mamas where Janine was event coordinator. Their first collaboration was directing and producing the San Francisco production of Listen To Your Mother. Through the process of essay submissions, auditions, rehearsals, securing sponsorships, and show day, they discovered that they had a shared history of ballet and performing and a shared desire to help women’s stories find their way into the world. In January of 2017, Moxie Road Productions was born.
Tarja Parssinen is a writer, performer, and producer. Her written work has appeared in places like The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Salon and the Marin Independent Journal. She has done readings at Litcrawl and on KQED Public Radio, and is a member of the nonprofit writing group, Write On Mamas. Tarja is also anthologized in the self-published smash success You Have Lipstick On Your Teeth, the #1 rated book in Humor on Amazon in the summer of 2013, as well as in the e-book from Simon & Schuster, Scary Mommy’s Guide To Surviving the Holidays. Tarja also co-directed and co-produced the San Francisco production of Listen To Your Mother in 2016 and 2017.
Tarja's background is in sales and marketing. A former National Account Sales Manager for Random House, selling books to Barnes & Noble, she is familiar with positioning books pre and post-publication for maximum effect.
Tarja is the social media manager for Moxie Road and knows exactly what writers need to maintain their presence on certain platforms, both during a publication campaign and in between.
Janine Kovac is a metaphorical juggler. A former professional ballerina who danced in Iceland, Italy, San Francisco, and her hometown of El Paso, Texas, she has worked as a database architect, a software engineer, a web maven for San Francisco’s literary festival Litquake, and as a ballet teacher. In addition to Listen To Your Mother, Janine has performed at Literary Death Match, Lit Crawl, Beast Crawl, KQED’s Perspectives, and Litquake’s Barely Published. An avid attendee of writing workshops, she is an alumna of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Lit Camp, the Mineral School, and Hedgebrook and is the 2016 recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation Fellowship.
Her writing has been anthologized in Mamas Write: 29 Tales of Truth, Wit, and Grit; Multiples Illuminated: A Collection of Stories and Advice from Parents of Twins, Triplets, and More and Nothing But the Truth: 51 Women Reveal the Power of Positive Female Connection. Janine holds a B.A. in cognitive science from U.C. Berkeley. Her thesis “A Cognitive Linguistic Analysis of Parenting” became the scientific foundation for her book Brain Changer: A Mother’s Guide to Cognitive Science, which chronicles her experience as the mother of twins born nearly four months before they are due. Janine tells the same story from her perspective as a ballet dancer in her new memoir SPINNING: Choreography for Coming Home, forthcoming this Fall from Moxie Road Productions.