Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the oldest of eight children, Andrea was raised on a steady diet of Dr. Seuss, which probably accounts for her love of all things rhymed. Over the years she also devoured Ogden Nash, Jack Prelutsky and Douglas Florian, but never considered a career writing in rhyme until 1991. After taking a course in writing for children, she joined the local chapter of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators). Andrea was nicknamed the 'meter maid' by her fellow authors and began writing and rhyming in earnest. 58 rejections later she sold her first poem, The Mommymobile. Since then she has published in children's magazines, parent's magazines, teaching journals, craft books and poetry anthologies. In 1998 a wonderful editor with Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Caitlyn Dlouhy discovered her, and the rest is history. Here's What You Do When You Can't Find Your Shoe was published in 2003 followed by the equally hilarious poetry anthology The Snack Smasher. In March 2010 they were joined by the picture book The Bicklebys' Birdbath. Andrea continues to write in rhyme in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Jupiter, Florida and anywhere else she can.