About Andrea

Autobiography, 2014

The child of Hungarian immigrants, I was raised in inner city Cincinnati, Ohio in an extended family with three generations under one roof.  We spoke Hungarian and English at home.  Our neighborhood was predominantly African-American, and I became aware of civil rights issues as a young child. 

After graduating with a BA in English from Cornell University, I went to Switzerland, where I learned French, taught English, and apprenticed to a bookbinder.  Upon my return, I went back to Cornell to study Chinese and got an MS in linguistics.  Now I teach English as a Second Language at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and write books for children and young adults.  I also study Spanish and travelled to Chile and Mexico.

I am married to Jim Cheng and we have three children, Nicholas, Jane, and Ann who are now 29, 27, and 24. 

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School and Family

Autobiography, 2014

My parents were originally from Hungary, but they lived in Australia before I was born. Then, in 1954, they immigrated to the US. My brother, sister and I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Published

Autobiography, 2014

When Nicholas, Jane, and Ann were little, I started trying to get my children's stories published, but all of them were rejected. I have a thick folder of rejection letters.

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FAQs

  1. What is your purpose in writing your stories? I don't really have a purpose in mind when I write. I usually start with an image rather than an idea or a purpose. For some reason, a certain image is stuck in my mind. I describe it, and the scene around it, and the characters involved, and that becomes a story.