A'ndrea J. Wilson
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A'ndrea J. Wilson's love for books extends back to swapping Babysitter’s Club titles with her neighborhood friends in her hometown of Rochester, New York. By ninth grade, she begged her parents for a computer (they were huge and expensive back then), and upon getting one for Christmas, she began writing short stories and the beginnings of young adult novels. A’ndrea’s love for writing led to her transferring out of her regular high school to a school of arts where she began to develop her craft and learn the fundamentals of writing as a creative writing major.
A’ndrea went on to pursue careers in psychology and education, earning a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, a Master’s degree in marriage and family counseling, and a Doctoral degree in global leadership/educational leadership. Despite her shift in careers, reading and writing were always close to her heart. In May of 2009, after struggling through her first business, she published her first book, "My Business His Way: Wisdom and Inspiration for Entrepreneurs." Six months later she released her first novel, "The Things We Said We Would Never Do."
Since the release of her first titles in 2009, A’ndrea has authored and coauthored ten books. She frequently crosses genres, having published nonfiction, fiction, adult, and young adult books. Unlike most authors, A’ndrea does have a favorite, "Wife 101." The Wife 101 Series, which features "Wife 101," as well as "The Wife 101 Workbook" and the upcoming sequel, "Husband 101," merges fiction and nonfiction as A’ndrea explores dating, marriage, and faith using fictional characters.
GETTING TO KNOW A’NDREA…
What is your favorite salty snack? French fries, hands down! And not the Ore-Ida kind. The crinkle cut kind that comes in a 10 lb. bag with no label on it.
What is your ringtone and why? The standard telephone ring for two reasons: 1) I’m too cheap to pay $2.99 for a ringtone that I’m going to either lose when I switch phones (which is often) or get sick of after the 100thtime hearing it (about a month later) and, 2) I don’t want to be in the middle of a professional conversation, my phone goes off, and all you hear is, "Come and put your name on it." (Rihanna’s Birthday Cake). Nope. So embarrassing!
Which would you win – a dance off or a cook off? Trick question. It depends. If it’s an 80’s/90’s dance off, the trophy is mine! 2012? I don’t know how to do any of these new dances. Do they even name dances anymore? On the other hand, if the cook off is specializing in sweets/baking, I got this. But if they put me up against someone named Ruthie Mae from some country town in South Carolina, it’s a wrap. I mean, really! Who can beat Ruthie?
If you had one wish, what would it be? I would wish for a million more wishes. I know it’s cheating, but you would do that same.
Who is someone from your past that you're sorry you lost track of? Thanks to Facebook it’s hard to lose track of anyone…even the people I want to lose track of. Uh, next question.
If your life had a soundtrack, what song would you pick for it? "God in Me" by Mary Mary. I’ve had people close to me say that they think things come easy for me. It’s not easy; it’s just faith and favor.
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook all day, every day.
If someone were to judge me by the clothes I wear, they would say…She must work from home.
Pizza isn't pizza if it doesn't have: Extra cheese! And the cheese better not be burnt!
What’s your least favorite household chore? I loathe washing dishes. It should be against the law to have houses/apartments not equipped with a functioning dishwasher.
What’s next for A’ndrea?
Currently A’ndrea keeps herself busy with various responsibilities, including working as a college professor, writing for Book Club 101 Magazine, chairing The Ladies of the Dove Literary Festival, being an active member of two book clubs, and managing her publishing company, Divine Garden Press. In her downtime, she enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends, trying out new restaurants, and of course, reading every book she can get her hands on. In offering words of wisdom to new authors and aspiring authors, she states, "Being a writer/author is not about the glam or glitz, the titles, the praise, or anything that people often make it out to be. It is about influencing lives through your written words. You are responsible for what you write. Sometimes you touch only one person, but sometimes you touch the world. Make your written words count."
PRAISE FOR THE THINGS WE SAID WE WOULD NEVER DO
"I enjoyed this book so much I read it in one sitting. I didn't get to sleep until early the next morning but it was well worth it. I had to know what was going to happen…Great job A'ndrea!" - Mary Monroe, New York Times Bestselling Author of "God Ain't Through Yet"
"I love a grown woman's book with grown women issues…Kudos to writer A'ndrea Wilson for striking such an enjoyable balance. It was a rewarding read and one that I could easily recommend to others. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future." - OOSA
"This book is a fun and insightful look at friendships and relationships. I look forward to reading more from this author." - Jennifer Paige-Robinson
PRAISE FOR WIFE 101
"I found it to be a very easy read as well as relatable in many different ways…I enjoyed reading ‘Wife 101’ and will continue to read more of Andrea's novels in the future." - OOSA
"…an insightful, relative and eye-opening read…I LOVE ‘Wife 101’ and highly recommend to all! In fact, I believe that it would make for a very interesting book club read as the women can share, learn and understand together." - Nardsbaby
"Wilson has written a story that transcends all boundaries…This book is clearly winner that I will be purchasing as gifts for friends that cross my path. Definitely a top 5 read for 2012." - Deltareviewer
"A'ndrea Wilson has accomplished what many Christian authors fail at - she writes a Christian fiction story which is completely realistic and relatable. Wilson keeps an equal mix of fictional references without one overshadowing the other…I highly recommend ‘Wife 101.’" – T. M. Craig
For more information about A’ndrea, please visit:
www.andreawilsononline.com or www.wife101.com.