Anne Schraff Message Board
annie here posts on 4/20/2008 1:13:02 PM
Biography of (me) Anne Schraff
I learned to read at age three and a half because I was tired of having to ask people to read all the funny papers to me. Once I knew how to read, I gobbled up books like most kids devour cookies. I soon figured that if reading was this much fun, writing had to be even better. And it was. I begged a typewriter from my mom and banged out stories every day. I was sure I'd sell them all and be the richest nine-year-old on my block. My first story was titled "Orchards for Linda." It was a tearjerker about a poor girl who had to buy her own flowers on a date. I mailed it to a big magazine and waited for the check. When it came back all bent up and rejected, I cried. But not for long. The next day I sent out another story. I spent my whole childhood writing stories and getting them back. Finally, when I was starting college, I sold my first story. I told everybody on my street that I was—at last—a writer. I told the mailman, the grocer, the pastor of our church. I walked on air for about a week. Since then I've sold hundreds of stories and more than 35 books. Ideas come at me from all sides. Once, I saw a dusty marble statue in an old antique store. It seemed to come to life before my eyes. Soon I wrote a story about a long-dead teacher returning to his school as a ghost to save some kids. It was called The Haunting of Hawthorne. One day I saw a sad sight across the street from our house. A young girl hugged her mother—but the mother didn't hug her back. This stayed in my mind as I wrote Please Don't Ask Me to Love You. Every day on my way to teach school, I passed a little market on a run-down street. The owner of the market, a friendly black man in his 70, would often wave to me. One day when I passed, I noticed the market was closed. The man who owned the market had been murdered. The newspaper story told of a kindly soul who had been a blessing to the neighborhood. I remembered him when I wrote “When a Hero Dies”. As I write my stories, I see the faces of so many students I have taught. They often shared their dreams with me. Their fears and joys became part of my day. In every book I write, there are little bits and pieces of wonderful people who were brave and fearful, funny and sad, hopeful and without hope. When I begin to write, a weird thing happens. The characters come to life and tell me their stories. I am writing down what is happening to these people. Often I'm surprised. I'll think, "Wow—I didn't know she was that kind of person!" Sometimes I'll start a story about a bad character and that person will turn out to be a hero. Writing is the biggest joy of my life. Every day I am thankful for having the chance to tell stories. I sometimes feel like a magic flute. I am blowing, but somebody else is making the music.
daniel ketz posts on 4/20/2008 1:04:58 PM
i need person info on anne schraff date of birth/death if she has children place of birth ect... please help i need it for a book report thank you
elizabeth posts on 4/17/2008 7:29:58 PM
Where are you from. Who are you . I have a report due on you tomorroe.
Sheri posts on 4/16/2008 10:00:55 PM
Check out this link for more info about Anne Schraff - there's even a photo:
(perfection learning dot com) - I was not able to list the URL here.
shonteria posts on 4/1/2008 8:20:49 PM
when did you first start writing books
Anonymous posts on 4/1/2008 12:45:35 PM
your awsome i love your books
i love your books posts on 3/31/2008 12:47:01 PM
I loved your book Ghost Boy it was very interesting my friends and I didnt want to stop reading your book even when our teacher kept on yelling at us. thanks for writing that book it was GREAT!!
matthew posts on 3/14/2008 3:18:40 PM
Please write more books.
Please Please write more books!
ANGEL posts on 3/8/2008 7:57:47 PM
Hi I am a sophmore and I just wanted to say that I love your bluford seris books. I am on the 4th one and I can't stop. I usually hated to read and had a really low reading score but ever since I started reading your books my teachers say I have been improving alot. I can read alot faster too. I finished the 3rd one in 2 hours. My mother is so happy. Thank you so much Ms. Schraff
HomeSchooling Mom posts on 3/4/2008 7:50:42 AM
To DWALTERS: please note my posting of 1/11/08. Have your daughters read "Please Don't Ask Me to Love You" or "When a Hero Dies"? Both were based on observations by Anne Schraff of sights she saw on an ordinary day. Profound how something so simple can be woven into an incredible story.
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