Andrea J. Nolan grew up in Columbia, Maryland and got her undergraduate degree from Washington College. After working for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as an environmental educator, and founding Amphibious Horizons, a sea kayaking business she ran for six years, Andrea quit all that to focus on writing books. She is the author of Sea Kayaking Maryland's Chesapeake Bay and Sea Kayaking Virginia. She has a MFA in fiction from Old Dominion University, and has fiction and essays published in journals such as Flyway, Dogwood, Alligator Juniper, Gris-Gris, Hawai'i Pacific Review and the Potomac Review. Her essay, "Edges," was acknowledge as a "Notable Essay" in Best American Essays 2009 and is being reprinted in the Potomac Review's 50th anniversary issue, "Best of 50." She has been listed as a notable author in both Best American Essays and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She currently is a lecturer at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.