Andrea originally trained as a speech pathologist and was a pioneer in the development of communication aids for people unable to speak.
Her first novel, GRACIOUS LIVING, was published in 1989, followed by MODERN INTERIORS, then FACING THE MUSIC, UNDER THE KNIFE and THE PROSPEROUS THIEF, which was shortlisted for the 2003 Miles Franklin Award. Most recently, she has published REUNION and THE MEMORY TRAP with Fourth Estate.
Her literary essays have appeared in HEAT, MEANJIN, AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW, BEST AUSTRALIAN ESSAYS and numerous anthologies. She has taught creative writing throughout Australia, and has mentored several new writers. She lives in inner Melbourne.