“The Next Best Thing in Adult and Children’s Fantasy –Reading is Learning”

October 7, 2009
Hosted by Linda C. Thompson

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Episode Description

Join Linda as she speaks with Matthew Peterson who is an award-winning and best-selling author of children's fantasy; a public speaker who has presented at schools, libraries and conventions throughout the country; and a host on VoiceAmerica for a radio show called The Author Hour: Your Guide to Fantastic Fiction launching October 15, 2009 (http://TheAuthorHour.com). His debut novel, Paraworld Zero, hit two bestseller lists and placed in over a dozen contests, including the ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards and the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. Reviewers have declared that Paraworld Zero is a "Harry Potter meets Star Wars" yet is "one of those novels that stands out among the rest" because of its "original, creative, and engaging story" and "colorful characters, fast-paced adventure, and clever humor."

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The Next Best Thing -- who does not want to know that? The Next Best Thing engages, informs and enlightens the audience with the most up-to-date thinking from the most intriguing people. Always fun, always entertaining, The Next Best Thing is the closest source to a crystal ball going – and much more accurate. The areas of life critical to all – medicine, healthcare, politics, the arts, business, matters of the heart and spirit – find out The Next Best Thing on this show. In a complex, sometimes confusing world, The Next Best Thing with show host Linda C. Thompson keeps listeners ahead of the game.

Linda C. Thompson

Linda C. Thompson is known as an author, poet, playwright, and a renowned expert in Management and Organizational Development. Her first novel I Am My Own Dragon was a first-run sell-out gathering endorsements from the Clarion Review, NY Times, Deepak Chopra, Montel Williams and Broadway greats.

Linda is an innovator in leadership, team acceleration and coaching. She works with over 100 of the Fortune 500 and leading institutions in medicine and government. She is included in a variety of Who’s Who and 2000 Most Notable Women in America. She is also a motivational speaker. From humble beginnings in Texas, Linda has risen to accomplish high goals. Her quintessential American journey allows Linda to relate authentically with the full spectrum of humanity. Drawing upon 20+ years of business experience, Linda combines practical solutions with unique flair and creativity. She marries experience and expertise in strategic business, human resources, interpersonal skill transference, and group dynamics. The result is savvy charisma in any situation. Prior to consulting, Linda held executive positions in both government and corporations.

She holds the following degrees: BA in American Studies from U.T Austin, MA in Creative Writing from U.T Austin, and an MBA in Organizational Behavior and Finance from USC. She loves to write, speak, sing, hug dogs, hike wild places, snorkel and whisper words of greatness to horses and humans alike.

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