Legions of authors adore Narrator Theresa Bakken, who produces and hosts The Desideratum Podcast. The ultimate in author-talk happens on Desideratum, and I’m excited to share that I just got booked to record for an appearance on this wonderful Podcast in late August. Watch this space! Desideratum is available now on Anchor, Spotify, Apple, Google and more! Now also carried by Authors on the Air Global Radio Network!
Desideratum is a Latin word meaning things that are desired as essential. Longing for stories to share and wishing for moments with gifted storytellers inspired this podcast. Each episode features a recorded short story or excerpt from an author’s latest book or audiobook, and a conversation with the writer about their craft and what they believe is essential. Tune in to hear an author you love, or to find your next favorite storyteller.
Meet Theresa Bakken, a multi-talented Podcast host and audiobook narrator!
Hear an excerpt from The Flying Cutterbucks Audio Book Here!
Decades ago, Trudy, Georgia, and Aunt Star formed a code of silence to protect each other from an abusive man who terrorized their family. One act of solidarity long ago lives with them still. With the election of a president who brags about groping women without their consent, old wounds and deep secrets come alive again, forcing hard truths to be told and even harder truths to be left to the dead.
On the outskirts of Pardon, New Mexico, Trudy returns to her mother, Jewel, to navigate an old house filled with haunting mementos of her father who went missing in action over North Vietnam. As she helps her mother sift through the memories and finally lay her father to rest, Trudy will do her own soul searching to say goodbye to the dead, and find her way along with the other women in her family, and through the next election.
Audio Book Press Release:
New Mexico Natives, Kathleen M. Rodgers (nee Doran) and F. Michelle Williams, have collaborated to produce an audio version of Ms. Rodgers’ fourth novel, The Flying Cutterbucks, set against the backdrop of New Mexico and the 2016-2020 presidential elections. The two Clovis Wildcats met as young writers on Clovis High School’s newspaper, The Purple Press, in 1975. Their friendship has remained more than 40 years later even though their individual paths took them away from eastern New Mexico. Ms. Rodgers is an award-winning author of four novels. Her accolades include 2021 Pulpwood Queens Book Club Pick, 2021 Somerset Contemporary Fiction Finalist, 2020 Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) Founder’s Award, 2020 MWSA Writer of the Year Finalist, and 2019 MWSA Writer of the Year Finalist. She was inducted into the Clovis High School Hall of Honor in 2017 by the Clovis Municipal School Foundation. In addition to The Flying Cutterbucks, Ms. Rodgers has authored three other novels: The Final Salute, Johnnie Come Lately, and Seven Wings to Glory. The Flying Cutterbucks is set in the fictional eastern New Mexico town of Pardon. Those familiar with Clovis landmarks and traditions will recognize them throughout the novel. The author also gives a nod to her personal family history through her references to La Castenada in Las Vegas, NM where her grandmother, Olga Berg Lamb, worked as a Harvey Girl from 1928-1930. New York Times bestselling author Kathleen Kent describes the story as “A rousing timely novel of hope and solidarity among women in a family wounded by the tragedy of war and the trauma of sexual assault.” The Flying Cutterbucks was released in print in June 2020 and is represented by Diane Nine, President of Nine Speakers, Inc. Ms. Williams’ began a media career as an announcer at Norman Petty stations KWKA and KTQM in 1974. She took a detour after graduating from NMSU to work in the legal field including a stint at the NM Court of Appeals followed by a twenty plus year career with the Health Law Section of the University of New Mexico Office of University Counsel. Unable to “do retirement well,” Ms. Williams decided to return to her media roots after retiring from UNM in January 2021. She launched FM Williams Voiceover Talent, LLC. The two friends reconnected after a Facebook post announcing Williams’ recent audiobook narrations earlier this year and joined forces to produce the audiobook version of The Flying Cutterbucks which will be released on June 29, 2021 from Skyboat Media.
Th Flying Cutterbucks is available from June 29 through Audible!