Cyra McFadden is a Bay Area novelist and journalist. Her first book, The Serial: A Year in the Life of Marin County, was a bestseller worldwide. Her second, Rain or Shine, A Family Memoir, was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the category of non-fiction. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Smithsonian and other magazines.
She has also been a newspaper columnist for the San Francisco Examiner and UPI, Writer in Residence at St. Paul’s Girls’ School, London, England, and Richard Hugo Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Montana, Missoula, Montana.
Born in Great Falls, Montana, McFadden received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English Literature (the latter Magna Cum Laude) from San Francisco State University, where she also taught in the English and Creative Writing departments. She now lives on a houseboat in Sausalito, California and works as a freelance writer and editor.