ANNETTE SANFORD (Author, source novel) Annette Sanford was born in Cuero, Texas, in 1929. From 1968 to 2004 she published forty short stories, two short story collections, one novel (Eleanor & Abel), close to 70 book reviews for The Houston Post and The Dallas Morning News, and was featured in New Stories From the South six times. Annette was a member of Texas Institute of Letters, and was awarded National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in 1974 and 1987, as well as the 1981 Texas Commission on the Arts Writer Recognition Award. Annette Sanford died in 2012 in Ganado, Texas.