Andrea was born and raised in northern Michigan. She graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in 1987. Before joining JLA in 2020, she was Associate Editor at Harbor House Publishers, a custom publishing house headquartered in Boyne City, Michigan.

Andrea and Jonathan have been married for 33 years. They have moved nine times during their marriage, living in four states and two foreign countries. Each of their three children was born in a different state.

She enjoys reading and participates in a local Jane Austen book group. She loves movies with happy endings, entertaining, exploring new cities and camping along the shore of Lake Superior.