Anita Tiemeyer was born and raised in Columbus, Indiana. She graduated with honors from Columbus East High School in 1975 and received her bachelor’s degree cum laude in music education and history at Western Illinois University in 1981. Upon entering the United States Air Force in 1983 at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, Anita was a member of the 539th Air Force Band of the West. Performing on oboe and alto saxophone in the concert band, marching/ceremonial band, and woodwind quintet, she toured the entire state of Texas and neighboring states. She was honorably discharged in 1991. Anita moved to Indianapolis, Indiana in 1993, and performed as a free-lance musician in local and regional concert bands and orchestras. She was awarded her master of music degree in 1995 from Butler University in oboe performance. As a music educator, she has maintained a private woodwinds studio in Central Indiana for over thirty-five years.
Since elementary school, Anita has been a writer, having written her debut work in first grade of a six-page story about two mice! While in junior high school, she began developing a story of a protagonist, Joe Kaufmann, who is rescued from the Buchenwald concentration camp at the end of World War II. Reared by his guardian, Dr. Grayson Pierce, in Ithaca, New York, the story follows Joe’s life from age six to his death in his 70’s. Anita developed this novel, titled The Guardian’s Son, over the next several decades. When Anita bought her first computer in 1999, she committed her book to paper, finishing a 900-page, single-spaced manuscript. Since then, she has divided the work into six books. The series’ primary theme is Joe’s struggle to deal with his memories of the horrific Nazi concentration camp. A Brother for Sorrows is Book four and is her first published work.
Anita has done extensive research for this series. She has traveled to Iowa twice to interview the last living World War II veteran who was among the first American soldiers to arrive at the Buchenwald concentration camp. She also interviewed another World War II veteran who had been a medical technician with the 120th Evacuation Hospital who had treated the Buchenwald survivors. In Washington, D. C., she interviewed historians from the National Memorial Holocaust Museum. She has studied numerous books, periodicals, newspapers, documentaries, and videos to capture the historical backdrop of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. In Ithaca, New York, she interviewed many individuals who had lived during the book’s setting, the 1940s through the 1960s. She has been active in several writers groups and has attended numerous workshops and conventions to hone her writing skills.Price Range: $Payment Methods:
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