A.K. Andrew was born in England and lived in a number of cities including London in the late 1970’s. During the five years there, she was involved in the alternative housing movement, the Hackney Girls Project and independent film programming. She was also a Community Arts photographer and screenprinter.
After traveling in North Africa and Europe, including Italy her tolerance for the congestion of London was depleted. She moved to California, making San Francisco her home for over twenty years and fell in love with the city for both its physical beauty and expansive outlook – a place where you can be who you are, or create who you want to be. In this atmosphere of breaking boundaries and creative expression A.K.Andrew became a painter, strongly influenced by the abstract expressionists of the 1950’s – Richard Diebenkorn in particular. Ultimately, she became a writer.
A.K. Andrew currently lives in Sonoma County, Northern California.
Writing all started with the blue linen library card……
Trooping down to the local library on Saturdays as a child. Fusty smells, warnings of dangerous diseases possibly carried in the pages of the books. An adventure before even opening a cover. What’s not to like? It’s been downhill ever since.
A.K. had always secretly wanted to be a writer, but was put off by the ‘write what you know’ mantra. Hey – wait a few years.
In 2002 with some time on her hands through ill-health, she was reading up a storm and decided it was time to join the club. Journal to Daily Pages to short stories. With each short story she kept waiting for the one that would turn into the novel. No such luck. In the end she decided to go for it – Radio Echo was the result. (Currently The Cracked Lens has taken precedence and Radio Echo is receiving a final revision.)
June 2010 she completed a Creative Writing Certificate from University of Sussex. Radio Echo received a notable mention in the subsequent anthology. ”Voices from the Shore”
Dec. 2010 Radio Echo was shortlisted for the Sussex Writers Award June 2010.
Her current work is The Cracked Lens and A.K. is looking for an agent for representation.