Andrea runs Brightside Story Studio, writes The Winding Narrative Blog, and is NAC Editorial Head – Adult Nonfiction/Fiction. An electrical engineer turned career consultant, Andrea spent 12 years enjoying the exhilaration and dislocation of life as an expat spouse. With her husband and two sons, she lived in Nigeria, USA and Qatar before repatriating to Australia. Along the way, she developed a passion for ballroom and Latin dance, helped to build a school, got stuck in the sand (in a 4WD) in both the Doha and Australian deserts (not at the same time), and had a hallucinogenic experience in Peru.
Her novel BY FORCE OR DECEPTION (previously titled LOST IN LAGOS) was longlisted in the 2021 Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize, she was shortlisted in AWC's Furious Fiction October 2021, and she has short stories in Fenechty Publishing’s Anthology of Short Stories: Autumn 2021, Melbourne University’s Publish or Perish and The Wild Goose Literary e-Journal.