Andrea Louise Thomas

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Andrea Louise Thomas

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Andrea Louise Thomas

Bio

Words make my heart sing.  I have been crafting letters, stories and poetry since childhood.  Winning a poetry prize as a student of English Language and Literature at the University of California, Berkeley inspired me to pursue my love of writing in all its guises.  I have been a professional writer for nearly 20 years; writing for magazines, arts organisations and artists. I have a genuine interest in interviewing people working in the arts & sciences and as creative entrepreneurs. I have a passion for performance poetry, participating in Poetry Idol at Melbourne Writers Festival 2009- 2011, becoming a Victorian State Finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam 2010, 2011 & 2014 and as a feature poet on TV and radio.  One of my performance poems was adapted into an award-winning short film, Train of Thought – Poetry in Film (YouTube https://youtu.be/4i5QpzA6iak?si=V3ohuyjbVzZfD_1Y) which was screened at a number of film festivals including the Cannes International Film Festival 2016. Starting my early career in Education, my teaching credentials have enabled me to nurture many writers from primary and secondary schools to adult students. Those workshops cover letter writing, poetry writing, performance and microfiction.  In 2023 my short story ‘The Decider’ was shortlisted for the Mornington Peninsula Mayor’s Short Story Award.  I recently finished a children’s picture book. I am currently ruminating on a novella.

Genre

General Fiction, Biographical, Kids Books, Poetry, Short Stories, Non Fiction

Why Do You Write?

I have to. It’s who I am.

Have you been published before?

Yes

If yes, where have you been published?

Paradise Anthology, Offset, Page 17, Writers from the Peninsula, Beautiful Storm, Peninsula Essence magazine, Mint magazine, Pearl magazine, Mornington Peninsula magazine, Good Life magazine, Visitor magazine.,

What are you currently working on?

Fiction, nonfiction, poetry

What are your long term goals?

To publish across several genres

What is your writing regime?

I aim to write six days a week.

Website Address

andrealouisethomas.com