Wanda Adams Fischer began writing when she was in the second grade, when she sent her first letter to the editor to her hometown newspaper, The Quincy Patriot-Ledger, in Quincy, Massachusetts. The paper even published her writing. Throughout high school she contributed to school publications and contributed to the weekly column about her school to The Ledger. She always wanted to be a journalist and a sportswriter in particular, because she was a baseball fanatic who faithfully followed the Boston Red Sox and continues to do so to this day. She graduated from Northeastern University in Boston with a bachelor’s degree in English.
Following a 40-plus-year career in public relations/marketing and media relations for not-for-profit and governmental organizations (with a few side trips doing broadcast news on a part-time basis during the same time), she decided to write her first novel, Empty Seats, using baseball as the foundation for the book. Since that time, she has published Handprints, a short story, and is working on several other projects.
Wanda is also a folk music singer/songwriter and has hosted a folk music program on public radio for more than four decades, most recently on WAMC-FM, Albany, New York’s National Public Radio affiliate. In 2019, the Folk Alliance International inducted her into its Folk DJ Hall of Fame.
She plays competitive tennis and is a longtime member of the United States Tennis Association. She is also a volunteer reader in the Reading is Fun program for inner-city children in the Schenectady School District. She and her husband Bill, a retired family physician, live in Schenectady with their dachshund, Oscar. They have two grown children and six grandchildren.
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