Sharing the spotlight in her New York City home with the family dog, Abby, Andrea Simon is a writer and photographer. She has worked as an editor, writer, and manager on diverse projects, and was the co-owner of an editorial/production company that specialized in health-related educational materials. For the past several years, she has devoted her efforts to fiction and literary nonfiction, including her memoir/history, Bashert: A Granddaughter’s Holocaust Quest, and her recent novel, Esfir Is Alive. Several of Andrea’s stories and essays have also been published; and she has been the recipient of prestigious literary honors, including first place in the Ernest Hemingway First Novel Contest, the winner of two Dortort Creative Writing Awards, the Stark Short Fiction Prize, the Short Story Society Award, and winner of the Authors in the Park Short Story Writing Contest. Specializing in archival black-and-white printing, Andrea’s photographs have been featured at numerous venues. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York where she has taught writing.