If you understand the lyrics to Wilco’s song War on War, you’ll understand Andy’s desire to write. Andy was born in Ogallala, named after the Lakota Indian tribe. He grew up trespassing through the mixed grass hills and rugged canyons on the south side of Lake McConaughy on the North Platte River. His parents were publishers of the bi-weekly local newspaper, The Keith County News, where Andy worked in high school. Andy never developed his parents’ passion for new reporting, but received his undergraduate degree in news-editorial journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Although he was a decent editor, he knew he couldn’t sit behind a copy desk the rest of his life. After graduating with honors from the UN-L Law College, Andy began practicing in Lincoln, where he practices today. His emphasis is in governmental relations. The only problem with his job is that it doesn’t require him to write much. It pays the bills, but doesn’t make him a living. That’s what his creative writing is all about.
Andy’s poetry has been published in various periodicals. He caught the short story bug in 2016 and received Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s January/February 2017 Short Story Award for New Writers for one of his first works, The Song of Anthony.
Andy and his wife Kris have four kids. They live on a horse farm near the village of Pleasant Dale.