“‘The Promise of Water’ is as graceful as it is powerful —
a bracing and heart-breaking plunge into the mystery of identity, the boundlessness of love.”

A. Crossley Spencer is an author, freelance writer and creative writing instructor. Her novel,The Promise of Water, is represented by Elizabeth Copps of the Maria Carvainis Agency and recently won the 2016 Caledonia Novel Prize, an international award based in Edinburgh.

The book also was named runner-up in the Whidbey Emerging Writers Contest by the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, finalist in the 2014 Great Novel Contest (Columbus Creative Cooperative), and semi-finalist for the Faulkner-Wisdom Novel Award. Author Richard Adams Carey calls the novel, “as graceful as it is powerful — a bracing and heart-breaking plunge into the mystery of identity, the boundlessness of love.”

Andrea’s short fiction has earned nods from Ruminate Magazine (semifinalist for the William Van Dyke Short Story Prize), New Millennium Writers (Honorable Mention) and Cumberland River Review. NYC’s Gotham Writer’s Workshop named Andrea the winner of their 2014 Very Short Story Contest for her ten-word story “All there was.” Her story, “The Scent of Rain on Dry Earth,” is forthcoming in Chautauqua Journal.

In addition to her fiction writing, Andrea specializes in marketing and strategic communication and is Director of Creative Writing for Tigermoth Creative. Her client list has spanned healthcare, retail, small business, fundraising and higher education. For eleven years, she was the lead copywriter and speechwriter for The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she crafted stories about the inspiring people who were the fabric of her community. Her expertise in higher education marketing and communication has earned her recognition from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the International Academy of Visual Arts (Communicator Award of Distinction).

Andrea is currently working on her second novel, Cloudspotting. Grounded by the persistent memory of a decade-old school shooting, the story captures two women: Frantic, 45-year-old Alex, whose sense of humor keeps her afloat amid a string of life challenges, and Skylar, the daughter who wonders why her life was spared and seems to only find solace in the clouds — an odd form of escapism that even her mother eventually can’t resist.

Andrea lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from High Point University, where she graduated summa cum laude, and an MFA in fiction from Southern New Hampshire University.

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A. Crossley Spencer is the author of The Promise of Water, a freelance writer and a teacher.

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