Since Andrea Matthews is my pseudonym, I guess I should introduce myself. My real name is Inez Foster - does the last name sound familiar? Actually, it was in doing some genealogical research that I was introduced to the history of the Border Reivers.
I chose the name Andrea Matthews simply because it somehow sounded more like a historical romance author than my own name. In the real world, I'm a historian and librarian, who loves to read and write and dig around in my roots, genealogically speaking.
Join My Journey
Unbelievable as it may seem, this journey started almost thirty years ago. Somewhere around 1994, I actually finished the first version and copyrighted it. At that point, It consisted of about 300 pages and made up one book.
I preceded to send out query letters to agents, receiving an encouraging one from time to time, but no successes? So I put it away for awhile, taking it out from time to time, then returning it to its box until I had more time. After all, I had growing boys and a job to take care of.
Then about four years ago, I decided to get serious. I found a writers' group and swapped crits, until gradually my 300 hundred page book grew into a series. Finally, about six months ago, I decided I was ready to take the next step.
And the rest as they say is history. To date I've published the first book in my second series, The Cross of Ciaran, which came out in June, and will soon be publishing the second book in the Thunder on the Moor series.
Stay tuned for periodic updates.
First of all, I want to thank my sons, who have always encouraged me to pursue my love of writing, eventhough they say I only write about men in kilts. Hmmm . . . not strictly true since the Border Reivers didn't wear kilts, but I get what they mean.
Next, I'd like to thank my friends, Dee, Mary, Terry, and Colette, who read and reread my endless revisions and gave honest critiques of the chapters as they read them.
I also want to thank my friends on Scrib, who stuck with my revisions, chapter after chapter, pointing out the areas that needed work. I've learned so much from them. I'd especially like to thank Liz for her guidance in how to go about getting published and for putting me in touch with Jenny, my editor and cover designer. Jenny has the patience of a saint and a fantastic talent.
And of course, I'd like to thank my parents, without whom none of this would be possible. They taught me to follow my dreams.