I Am A Writer

I Am A Writer

I am a writer. I write from a small community in Michigan, sometimes at three in the morning when ideas wake me from sleep.

I was born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts and traveled throughout New England during childhood, sometimes drawing on those experiences for my novels. As an adult, I have been fortunate to have opportunities, not only to return to New England, but also spend time across the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, Wales, Germany, Sweden, France, Italy, Poland, Spain, Netherlands, and Belgium.

Ideas for my writing, whether short stories or novels, begin with the experience of a place. That becomes the seed that grows into a tale. It is not only the setting you could view in a photograph, however beautiful, but the feeling, emotion, and sensation of the place.

While hiking in the woods of Vermont with my family, we encountered a waterfall along the trail that cascaded into a bowl formed in stone. One of my daughters and I jumped into the invigorating, frigid pool of water. The memory of that sensation amidst the breathtaking beauty of clear water, stone features carved from eons of water flow, and hearty vegetation, later sparked the idea for a story. My mind spun a story leading up to that place and to an ending from that place. Throw in a few characters along the way and The Field Trip was born. Two-thirds of the story takes place along Long Trail in Vermont. The novel is “An adventure mixed with a touch of fantasy. Add a twist of love.” Some might classify it as light science fiction.

In a mystery thriller currently undergoing final editing, Three Remain, the inspiration stemmed from frequent walks in a heavily wooded area of Michigan combined with a recollection of a spectacular meteor shower I witnessed in the night sky over that location. Nearly two-thirds of the story transpires in that rural area from landscapes and surroundings burned in my mind.

            Three Remain

Another novel draft for a future science thriller novel with the working title of Pixley, originates from the memorable impressions of tent camping at Pixley Falls State Park in New York State. That park becomes an isolated astronaut-training site for an eventual return to the Moon. Over a third of the story takes place at that setting.

Since I am a writer, this website will occasionally have comments and discussion about my work, but my posts primarily share interesting information, and speculation about nature, science, or anything fascinating in life. The topic of each post stems from a subject touched upon in either The Field Trip or the upcoming Three Remain. If interested in receiving an email to inform you when a new post is issued, subscription buttons are at the bottom of this page and at the bottom of the posts page. Subscribers can unsubscribe at any time.

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Let me bring you the unexpected.

R. A. Andrade

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