About Andrea

Andrea Murray (2)

I am not a writer. Strange coming from someone with multiple published novels, I know, but I don’t consider myself a writer. I like to think of myself as a teacher with a writing problem. Though I began writing as a kid, I didn’t become serious about it until 2010 when a group of my students were reading from my classroom library faster than I could keep up. These students inspired me to write my first real novel,something they would want to read. By this time, I’d been teaching for too long to consider myself as anything other than a teacher. Writing was something I wanted to try but wasn’t a lifestyle, not until after I self-published Vivid. After that, I was hooked. I’ve been semi-obsessed since then. Following Vivid, I wrote Vicious and Vengeance, the second and third novels in the trilogy. Then after a class discussion one morning, I plotted out the dystopian society that would become the setting (and title) for Omni. Contra is the sequel. These novels were initially self-published but are now published by Dragon Moon Press, when the fantastic Gwen Gades rescued me following the collapse of my first publisher, Booktrope.

Before beginning my adventures in education, I was a part-time janitor, secretary, factory worker, cashier, and waitress (but only for three days). I began teaching in the fall of 1997 after graduating with a BSE from Arkansas State University. I’ve taught pretty much every “English” related class. Because my first–and second–teaching job was in a small school where teachers wear many hats, I’ve had remediation classes and AP classes all in the same day. One year, I began my day with third graders and ended with seniors.  Because I have an MA in English, I have also taught concurrent credit classes for a local community college. One of my greatest accomplishments is winning Teacher of the Year in two different school districts as well as being a runner-up in Book Country’s “About the Book” Contest and a finalist for the 2014 Darrell Award.

I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart, Chris, for twenty plus years. We have two children, Olivia and Wyatt, and one high-strung German Shepherd, Claus. When I’m not at school or working with my Odyssey of the Mind team, I love to read. Historical romance and paranormal romance are my favorites. Besides reading, I’m a television addict and devote WAY too many hours to it. One of my favorite channels is Investigation Discovery (aka the murder channel) much to my husband’s dismay, but I also like sci-fi, especially superhero movies.