Andrea Shapiro finds inspiration in small moments of history that resonate with the joys and struggles of modern life. Her projects span picture books to middle grade and young adult novels. With a focus on narrative nonfiction and historical fiction, Andrea combines relentless accuracy with immersing her reader in each moment. For TWO THOUSAND MILES TO HAPPY (Muddy Boots, Winter 2023), she researched Earl Shaffer’s hike of the Appalachian Trail in 1948 and then showed his perseverance through sunshine or pouring rain. Andrea welcomes both the rewards and challenges of writing in this second chapter of her life following a long career in audiology.
She’s honed her skills at the Highlights Foundation and Whale Rock Workshops as well as seeking out mentorship from established kidlit authors. Andrea divides her writing life between children’s literature (andreashapirowriter.com) and co-writing musical theater with her husband (shapirowriters.com.) Together, they enjoy taking walks near their home in suburban Washington DC, discovering the best chocolate sauce for ice cream, and detecting plot problems in their favorite movies.