Our first guest is Cynthia Fabian, Literary Expert and Author. She is a writer and author of six books, living the quiet life in Venice, Florida. She is a retired teacher of English and ELL, she has a passion for helping children learn. Working in the inner city of New York, she found her mission to write children’s books. Her reason for writing The Counting Game is one that was important as 7% of the student population has dyscalculia. So, it is the first book of its kind addressing a serious issue in a humorous way. Cynthia is a ghostwriter finding a way to help many people who wish to tell their stories. For more information go to her website at fabianwriter.com
Our next guest is James Anderson’s discussing his newest novel LULLABY ROAD was just released by Crown, the second novel featuring Ben Jones. It has received raves from The New York Times Book Review, The Associated Press; Huffington Post, Shelf Awareness, Library Journal, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, The Deseret News, and many other publications. At least two dozen newspapers have picked up The Associated Press review.
James Anderson was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He is a graduate of Reed College, and received his MFA in creative writing from Pine Manor College. His first novel was The Never-Open Desert Diner. His short fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in many magazines, including The Bloomsbury Review, New Letters, Solstice Magazine, and others. He currently divides his time between Colorado and Oregon.unded and ran Breitenbush Books from 1976 – 1991, a small book publishing company based in Portland, Oregon. During his tenure, Breitenbush Books won an unprecedented three Western States Book Awards, which were juried by the renowned Robert Penn Warren, N. Scott Momaday, Elizabeth Hardwick, Jonathan Galassi and others.
Other jobs have included stints as a logger, commercial fisherman, car salesman and, briefly, truck driver. In the late 1990s Anderson co-produced the documentary film Tara’s Daughters about Tibetan women in exile, narrated by Susan Sarandon. The film won Best Documentary at the New York Film Festival in 2002. The principal photography of a second film, Zydeco By Birth, which he wrote and directed, about the history of zydeco and creole music, was completed in 2003 but was unreleased. The film is now in the permanent collection of The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
His debut novel, The Never-Open Desert Diner (Caraval Books; Feb. 2015) received rave reviews, including from Marilyn Stasio in The NYTimes who said “…A wondrously strange first novel by James Anderson….a voice that’s…well, high, dry and severely beautiful…Anderson is one fine storyteller.” As a result of all the raves Anderson received, Crown publishers, a division of Random House, released bought the rights from Caravel Books and released The Never-Open Desert Diner in both hardcover and paperback, and signed on Anderson for two more novels, featuring Ben Jones, the down-on-his luck truck driver whose route takes him back and forth across one of the most desolate and beautiful regions of the Utah desert. For more information go to jamesandersonauthor.com