Press Release: Massachusetts Author Explores the Common Connections of Humanity in Debut Novel


NEW YORK—May 2, 2018—Morgan James Fiction’s new release, The Corn Husk Experiment: A Novel by Andrea Cale, is a moving story of self-acceptance and human connection at the most basic level. A New York State Associated Press Award winning writer for spot news reporting, Cale delivers a deeply relatable story that echoes the call for empathy and compassion toward one another that has become so prevalent in today’s society.

Five young strangers with seemingly nothing in common are brought together as they unknowingly become what a wise elder calls The Corn Husk Experiment. A shy boy, a troubled dancer, a lonely photographer, a gifted quarterback, and a self-declared misfit would likely never have crossed paths. However, the experiment joins them together for just a few hours, amid a stadium full of people. While each is dealing with their own unique struggles, they’re about to discover that they aren’t as different as they might think.

As the characters’ individual stories unravel, readers will see themselves in the unique personalities, drawing them in and allowing them to relate to the protagonists just as they begin to relate to each other. Their journeys begin to weave together, ultimately bringing each of the five to a collegiate bowl game, where all eyes are on them. 75,000 people, each with their own issues, watch silently as the main characters overcome their diversities, grow in empathy, and learn to relate to one another. Each event leads to a shocking twist which captivates readers to the very end.

The Corn Husk Experiment is as much of an entertaining and engaging allegory as it is a timely social narrative. Highlighting the important, uplifting themes of self-acceptance, compassion, and connecting with others, The Corn Husk Experiment inspires readers to look for common ground where they wouldn’t have seen it before, whether with their neighbor, classmates, friends, or strangers. Cale is ultimately promoting a culture of love and understanding in a time when those qualities seem so rare.

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“Completely engaging, but more importantly, it inspired deep thinking about life’s miracles and ‘butterfly effects,’” said Jerry Posner, Motivational Speaker, Entertainer and Author of Attention Late Bloomers: You’re Right on Time. “If you like a story that leaves you feeling inspired and moved, then this is a book for you.”

In advance of the novel’s release, Cale has created a non-fiction spinoff, The Good News Experiment, which highlights the work of extraordinary volunteers and neighborhood innovators with feature stories and press releases that run in blog, social media and traditional media formats. To date, three honorees have had three stories run in Boston and Chicago newspapers. The initiative is in partnership with Mothers for Justice and Equality in Boston. MJE President and Founder Monalisa Smith helps identify honorees while Cale interviews them and writes their stories. More information can be found at

Cale and Morgan James Publishing share an important commitment to their communities. Cale has partnered with Loaves & Fishes to donate a total of 5 percent of author earnings from The Corn Husk Experiment to Loaves & Fishes as it helps address hunger needs in six Massachusetts communities by offering assistance to families who are struggling by providing the opportunity for them to shop for groceries up to twice a month. In addition, Morgan James donates a percentage of revenue from all of its books - and for the life of each of its books - to Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg. Habitat for Humanity is a leading global nonprofit that helps families and individuals build or improve a place they can call home.

“The Corn Husk Experiment is a novel with light and dark contrasts,” Cale said. “It was created to entertain readers through the triumphs and tragedies of its main characters before unexpectedly delivering messages of self-acceptance, self-compassion and empathy. I look forward to carrying out additional compassionate work in the community with Morgan James Publishing through our housing, hunger and Good News Experiment initiatives.”

Cale has three book signing events scheduled in Massachusetts, New York and Vermont, where she will personally accept nominations for Good News Experiment honorees. The events will take place at:
    •    2 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Barnes and Noble in Framingham, MA;  
    •    6 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, VT; and
    •    1 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Barnes and Noble in Dewitt, NY

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Andrea Cale, please call Nickcole Watkins at 516.900.5674.

About the Author:
Andrea Cale is a writer and a New York State Associated Press award recipient for spot news reporting. She published more than 200 articles as a journalist of a northern New York daily newspaper. More recently, she served as a press officer of a top 10 U.S. commercial bank holding company. She is a graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and holds a Master's Degree from Boston University's College of Communication. Andrea cites her news experience as the primary inspiration for her debut novel, The Corn Husk Experiment. She currently lives in central Massachusetts with her husband and their two sons. Her web site is

More About This Title:
The Corn Husk Experiment: A Novel by Andrea Cale, will be released by Morgan James Publishing on May 8, 2018. The Corn Husk Experiment—ISBN 978-1683506591—has 298 pages and is being sold as a trade paperback for $16.95.

About Morgan James Publishing:
Morgan James publishes trade quality titles designed to educate, encourage, inspire, or entertain readers with current, consistent, relevant topics that are available everywhere books are sold.
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