As soon as I put my pen to the paper and began writing my first novel, I started to think of having a penname. I started to write my first novel at the age of twenty two. I knew that I wanted to get married and that I would take my husband’s last name. I didn’t want to write under my maiden name, which is hard to spell, pronounce, and remember.
I wanted to pick a pen name that still had special meaning to me. My middle name is Ann, but I always wished that it was spelled with an e, like Anne of Green Gables. Now I had to figure out what my last name would be.
After college I had a degree in History, so job offers weren’t rolling in. I was living back at home in my old room. I grew up on Lawson Drive. Lawson is a nice name. It is easy to say, spell and remember. So, Anne Lawson was born.