Andrea Lochen is the author of three novels. Her first novel, The Repeat Year (Penguin 2013), was praised by Kirkus Reviews as “an engaging, satisfying read that explores friendship, love and who we really are when it truly matters.” A draft of the novel won the 2008 Hopwood Novel Award. The Repeat Year was also produced as an audiobook, translated into German and Hungarian editions, and optioned for a film. Andrea’s second novel, Imaginary Things (Astor + Blue 2015), was described as “a beautiful book, filled with vivid scenes, unforgettable characters, and oodles of heart.” Her third novel, Versions of Her, (Red Adept Publishing 2019) was called “spellbinding,” “a heartfelt story,” and “a page-turner,” and was also recorded as an audiobook. She is hard at work on her fourth novel.
Andrea earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she was a Colby Fellow. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She teaches writing at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee at Waukesha and was awarded the UW Colleges Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Andrea lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two children, and adorably fluffy dog. In her free time, she likes to bake cupcakes and cakes, see musicals and plays, and read as much as humanly possible.
Listen to an interview with Andrea on Milwaukee Public Radio’s “Lake Effect.”
Read an interview with Andrea about her writing process and her advice for aspiring writers.