Southern Indiana author Sandy (Morris) Andrews will be signing books and meeting fans of historical fiction books at A Touch of Heaven Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
Andrews, from Cynthiana, a small town just northwest of Evansville, has written a historical fiction trilogy called “Best Friends.”
“I started writing because it was intriguing,” said Andrews, who said she has always enjoyed history. “But it took me 10 years to write my first book.”
Read by an audience ranging from elementary students to adults, Andrews said that her first book, “Southern Indiana 1860” shares the story of four young adults who become involved in the Underground Railroad. Beth, Rae, Dawn and Zane have many adventures.
The second book “Beth Keeps Her Promise 1861-1865” depicts how Beth keeps her promise to help slaves run away to become free. The third book, “The Great Depression 1929-1933” follows the descendants of Beth, Rae, Dawn and Zane.
Andrews said the books do not have to be read in any certain order.
Andrews said her books are historically accurate and are for anyone who likes history or just likes good stories on how young adults coped with life during hard times.
“A second grade teacher in Evansville read the first two books to her class,” said Andrews. “The children enjoyed the books so much that they asked me to come speak to the class about the books. The children couldn’t wait to hear more.”
In addition to speaking to school children, Andrews said she also speaks to book clubs and at libraries as well as other local events.
Creating the books is a family affair for Andrews who said the characters are named after her grandchildren and other family members. One of her sisters edits the books, and another creates the covers.
Andrews’ books are available at A Touch of Heaven and the first two books in the trilogy are also available at the Lincoln Home gift shop in Springfield, Ill., Lyles Station in Princeton, The Red Wagon in Poseyville and Barnes and Noble. Copies can also be ordered from Amazon.com, Baker and Taylor, and Ingram. E-book editions are also available.
Andrews fourth book “The Captains Twins” will be out later this year. The new book tells the story of the adventures of 15-year old twins Paris and London Dubray. The twins father, Capt. Dubray is lost at sea and the family decides to move from England to Maryland.