Andrea J.Loney is an award-winning author of children’s picture books. After receiving an MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU, she ran away with a circus, then she joined the Walt Disney Company. Currently a computer science professor at LA Trade Technical College, she’s been a volunteer for We Need Diverse Books. She’s also a 2nd grade reader/coordinator/curriculum development specialist for ReadingToKids.org. Her works include TAKE A PICTURE OF ME, JAMES VANDERZEE (Lee & Low Books 2017), BUNNYBEAR (Albert Whitman & Company 2017), and DOUBLE BASS BLUES (Random House Knopf October 2019).
When I was in the second grade, we moved to a new town and I didn't know anyone. I was lonely but I had books. Books were my friends. They made me happy when I was sad. They made me laugh when I was bored. They made me feel like I wasn't alone anymore. I wanted to write the kind of books that brought me joy when I was a little kid.
I hope that young readers fun joy, humor, and hope in my books. I want every book I write to feel like a love letter from my heart to the reader's heart.
Reading has influenced my life for the better in every way. Books are like teleporters and time machines -- they can take you to any place in the world and to any time in the world. Also, reading fiction allows me to see the world through someone else's eyes.
My grandmother taught me how to read when I was three and I've been in love with books ever since. I remember reading everywhere -- in the kitchen, on the couch, on my tree swing, even in my kiddie pool!
My next picture book Double Bass Blues comes out In October 2019. It shows how a kid who loves music lugs his huge double bass from his school in the suburbs to the busy city for a very special performance.
Inspiration is everywhere! I'm a teacher so I get inspired by my students all the time. As an auntie I get inspired by my nieces and nephew. I also like to use incidents from my own childhood to inspire me. But my biggest inspiration probably comes from visiting the library and seeing books on so many different topics.