A bit of Anne Mazer’s composing education. Her parents wanted desperately to become authors and made themselves get up at 4:00 a.m. Each morning in order to get writing time ahead of their three young children awoke. The thing Anne heard every day was two large electrical typewriters. The sound of registering was her youth wake-up music. During the afternoon, her parents endlessly discussed thoughts, plot, and character, and Anne understood about adjustments, first and second drafts, and rejection slips before she was seven years old. It had been like growing up in a twenty four hour, seven days per week writer’s boot camp.
In order to escape her parents’ obsession by composing, Anne turned into books. She had been a avid reader from an early age and credits her love of studying for her writing career. Her works were fantasy, fairy tales, historical fiction, comedy, realistic fiction, and adventure. Her interests were language, art, history, and science. In the age of twelve, she wished to become a ballerina, an actress and an atomic physicist. These professions were rapidly removed as she understood that a) she couldn’t dancing, b) she couldn’t act; and c) she hated math.
Although at the time Anne thought writing was just a hassle, she now considers herself blessed to have grown up with two aspiring authors. From watching her parents & #x 2019; battle she also learned a lot about discipline, dedication and loyalty to a craft. They eventually became award-winning and successful young adult novelists.
It took Anne a very long time to work out that she, too, wanted to be a writer. She worked as a British tutor, a bank teller, a tablet bottle labeler, a secretary, an au pair, and an administrative assistant, as well as other jobs that she had been ill-suited for. She also attended three univers
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