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Wanda Adams Fischer

Wanda Adams Fischer began following the Boston Red Sox when she was eight years old and has loved the game ever since. She’s parlayed that passion into her first novel, which is not necessarily about the boys from Beantown, but relies on her baseball knowledge to bring her characters alive. In 2012, she auditioned for the public address announcer’s position at Fenway Park, and announced a full game between the Red Sox and Minnesota Twins. She retired from a nearly 40-year career in public relations/marketing/media relations for not-for-profit and government agencies in 2014. When she’s not writing these days, she’s listening to folk music for her show on WAMC-FM/Northeast Public Radio, “The Hudson River Sampler,” which she’s done since 1982. Wanda’s also an avid tennis player and dog rescuer. Although born in Tennessee, she’s a Boston native who graduated with a degree in English from Northeastern University. She lives in Schenectady, New York, with her husband of 44 years, Bill Fischer; they have two grown children and four grandchildren.

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Empty Seats – Young Adult, Sports

They were all stars in their hometowns. Then they were drafted to play minor league baseball, thinking it would be an easy ride to making it to the big time, the same way it had always been. Little did they know they’d be vying for a spot against every other talented kid who’d dreamed of playing professional baseball. Young, inexperienced, immature, away from home, without the support of their families and friends, they’re often faced with making split-second decisions. This novel isn’t just about throwing a ball, running bases, stealing signs and hitting home runs; the reader doesn’t need to know the fine points of baseball to follow these characters along their journey. Sometimes life happens–on and off the baseball diamond.

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