Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Award Winning Author Vera Jane Cook Chosen As One Of 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading

Vera Jane Cook has been chosen to appear in '50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading', produced by The Authors Show. Cook is the award winning author of Dancing Backward In Paradise and Hearts Upon A Fragile Bough

[October 26, 2010 Wilmington NC] Author Vera Jane Cook has been featured in '50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading'. She was chosen for the book as the result her latest novels, Dancing Backward In Paradise and Hearts Upon A Fragile Bough.

"I'm very happy," stated Ms. Cook, "to have been chosen for '50 Great Authors You Should Be Reading', it was a real honor. I hope it's an opportunity for me to expand my reach when it comes to introducing my novels to the public. So far I have published two books and my latest two novels should be published in 2011. Finding an audience that likes the way you write is what every author wants, so recognition like this is so welcomed."

An only child, Jane began reading novels at an early age and was deeply influenced by an eclectic group of authors including Nelson DeMille, Anne Rice and Jodi Picoult. Jane worked in the professional theatre for over a decade, falling further in love with the plays of Tennessee Williams, Eugene O’Neil, Lillian Hellmann, and Sam Shepherd. She has appeared in television, regional theatre, film and off Broadway. Some of her credits have included both classic and original plays at Playwrights Horizons, WPA Theatre, Kennedy Center, Theatre for The New City, Bucks County Playhouse and many others.

She worked as an education territory manager for The New York Times and presented many workshops on using the newspaper in education as a tool for teaching English as a Second Language. She has worked as a Project Manager for the Education department of the New York Daily News, as well as an Education Specialist for Oxford University Press (ESL division) and as an Education Consultant for Scholastic.

Jane has completed five novels and has developed her newest workshop/seminar: The Corporate Crunch: Get Creative or Crack. This seminar/workshop is presently available for workshops, seminars, and adult education courses and is also the basis for her first non-fiction book.

Dancing Backward In Paradise, Jane’s first published novel, received rave reviews from Midwest book review and Armchair Interviews. It also won the Eric Hoffer Award for publishing excellence and the Indie Excellence Award for notable new fiction, 2007. Hearts Upon a Fragile Bough is Jane's second published novel.

“I take risks in my writing,” stated Ms. Cook. “Readers who enjoy eccentricity, humor, history and flawed characters would like my books. They are very human stories and I write as poetically as I can because I enjoy the rhythm and descriptive beauty of the English language.”

Jane has published short stories, articles and newsletters and has also written early childhood curriculum. Her published curriculum has been for Weekly Reader and McGraw Hill.

Ms. Cook is available for interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at '50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading' can be purchased at the group’s website at More information is available at Ms. Cook’s website at Ms. Cook’s books are available at, Barnes and Noble, BooksAMillion and most online retailers.

Vera Jane Cook
Hearts Upon A Fragile Bough
ISBN: 978-0-9798087-8-4
Dancing Backward In Paradise
ISBN: 13-978-0-595-38871-4


Vera Jane Cook