Born in 1970 in Chicago, Andromeda worked as a freelance journalist and travel writer before turning to fiction. Her first novel, The Spanish Bow, was translated into eleven languages and was chosen as a New York Times Editors’ Choice and one of Library Journal’s Best Books of the Year. Her second novel, The Detour, set in 1938 Italy and Munich, was published in 2012 by Soho Press.
She is now at work on a novel set in the 1920s, based on the life of a real woman whose psychology career was derailed by scandal. Among Andromeda’s nonfiction works are a dozen travel and natural history guidebooks as well as a travel narrative, Searching for Steinbeck’s Sea of Cortez. As a freelance writer, she has been published in a wide range of anthologies, magazines, newspapers, and websites, from Seventeen to the Huffington Post.
Andromeda lives with her husband and children in Anchorage, Alaska, where she co-founded a nonprofit literary organization, the 49 Alaska Writing Center. She is an associate faculty member of the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Anchorage Alaska.