Meet The Author
Cindy Andrews recently retired from Ashley Hall, an all-girls prep school in Charleston, South
Carolina, where she taught lower and upper school Visual Art, Graphic Design, AP European History, and AP Art History from 1997 to 2020.
Her earliest art-related experiences include coursework at the Art Institute of Boston, 1981 to 1983. She was a freelance graphic designer from 1983 to 1997. In 1988 she moved to Charleston, South Carolina, where she was blown away by her first big hurricane and later received a BFA in Art History from the College of Charleston in 1994.
As a lover of all things historical, Cindy also loves to cook, kayak the local waterways, golf at
the muni, and visit her grandchildren in Mexico City.
Her manuscript entitled Engel is best described as a Victorian Christmas tale set in nineteenth century Charleston, South Carolina. Inspired by the historic writings about the real Witte family who once resided in the main building of the Ashley Hall campus, Engel was heavily influenced by Cindy's love of teaching—especially the art of observation. It also includes characters inspired by some of Charleston’s most prominent citizens Cindy used to educate about such as Francis Marion, Quash Stevens, and Eliza Pinckney. Her highly descriptive and well-researched imagery also harks back to the style of the nineteenth-century romantic nature poets she loves so much.