Now an author and high school English teacher in Phoenix, Andrea Avery was already a promising and ambitious classical pianist at age 12. That’s when she was diagnosed with a severe case of rheumatoid arthritis, threatening not only her musical aspirations, but also her ability to live a ‘normal’ life. Andrea’s debut book was published this year. “Sonata: A Memoir of Pain and the Piano” is a riveting account of what was going through her mind as her body betrayed her. Despite numerous surgeries and adjustments, she has learned to live with RA while keeping her wit, humor and determination, as well as the raw artistry of a true performer.