Before coming to New York, Marjorie Danser graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and attended the Radcliffe Publishing Course in Boston. She has written movie, book, and restaurant reviews for Manhattan File (1994 to 1995), articles for the AKC Gazette (1989), and short stories for the online group "Worlds of Wonder." She assisted historian David Fromkin with A Peace to End All Peace and In the Time of the Americans as well as with various other articles. She assisted Vanity Fair writer Gail Sheehy and art writer Paul Rogers. She worked as a copy editor for The New Criterion, and as a marketing assistant at The Hendra Agency, where she dealt with several major book publishers.