Andrea Jacka sitting on beach wearing cowboy hat

About Andrea

Andrea grew up in and around Auckland, New Zealand, and now lives north of that city near the beach, in Orewa.

Varied employment with no relation to a qualification in horticulture has ranged from selling bullion and estate jewellery, to a summer spent working in a tiny café on an island with semi-permanent residents and no power off the Kerry coast of Ireland.

An avid reader from childhood, it took until her early forties before she thought it might be fun to write a book. Loving horses and fascinated by the American West and Native American culture, she decided to write a mystery set in 1880s Idaho Territory. Self-published in 2018, One for Another, the first adventure of bordello madam and amateur sleuth Hennessey Reed, was short-listed for the 2019 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel. Last year she was honoured to become a member of Western Writers of America.

Andrea’s dream is to live in an A-frame house she has designed in her head in the company of a rescue greyhound and multitude cats, where she’ll write to her heart’s content. Meanwhile, spare time will find her with her nose in a mystery novel, on the beach, which is the perfect place to walk when trying to figure a story line or convoluted twist to a tale, or riding ‘Minty the birthday bike’ around the — thankfully, flat — environs of Orewa.

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