|About the Author - In Anne's Own Words|
I was born in Denmark and my memoirs draw on my childhood there and my youth as a teenage immigrant to the US. My parents and I lived in Copenhagen during the German occupation of the Second World War. Afterwards, we traveled in the USA, finally settling in Boston, where I was graduated from Radcliffe College and eventually received a doctorate from Harvard University. Before deciding to become a full-time writer, I was a professor at the University of Minnesota.
The memoir, A Child's Tapestry of War--Denmark 1940-45, is based on my experiences during the German occupation. I was five years old when the war started and ten when it ended. Thanks to a quirky memory, I remember much of that peculiar childhood and the unusual circumstances of occupied Denmark. Working on this memoir made me realize that I wanted to be a writer. In the sequel, Teenage Immigrant, I described the joys and sorrows of being an adolescent trying to adjust to a new and different society. This story first appeared in The Bridge, a publication of the Danish American Heritage Society.
My first novel, Karen from the Mill, reflects my love of history and historical fiction. Karen lives on the island of Fanø in 1874 and although she and all the other main characters in the book are entirely from my imagination, I have tried to describe life on this magical but real Danish island of sand and sea as accurately as possible.
In the sequel, Running before the Prairie Wind, Karen and Peter have moved to southwestern Minnesota. In addition to the personal story of the Larsen family, a major theme is the multicultural heritage of this area and the adjustment of the immigrants to living with two cultures. As always, the history of the setting is integral, including the lingering effects of the tragic Sioux uprising of 1864, as seen through the eyes of a mixed-blood native American who has her own problems of adjustment.
In my new historical novel, At the Concord of the Rivers, I explore seventeenth-century New England and the fascinating town of Concord, Massachusetts in a story of the Puritans and the remnant Native Americans of Nashoba Indian Village.
My husband and I have recently moved back to the Boston area, the home of my youth. We have three grown children and four grandchildren. I enjoy talking to people of all ages about my work, including the background and history of the places about which I write. A special joy is meeting with book clubs in the Boston area. Watch my home page for news of book events and other public talks or use the Contact menu at the top of this page to write me a note.