“‘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.”


Read Andrea's interview on the Caledonia website.

Read Andrea’s interview on the Caledonia website.

The Promise of Water is a literary mystery about a man who returns home to Lake Superior to search for his missing twin sister, only to realize he must face a dark secret and embark on a journey to find himself. The novel was recently named winner of the 2016 Caledonia Novel AwardRunner-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 2014 Faulkner-Wisdom Novel Award.

Represented by Elizabeth Copps and the Maria Carvainis Agency.

Short fiction 

“The Scent of Rain on Dry Earth” will appear in the June 2017 issue of Chautauqua Literary Journal.

“Limb by Limb” was selected as a semi-finalist for Ruminate Magazine’s William Van Dyke Short Story Prize, designated an Honorable Mention in the 38th New Millennium Writers Award for Fiction, and published in the Cumberland River Review.

Microfiction (An entire story in a less than a minute)

“All He Left” — Winner of the 2014 Gotham Writer’s Workshop Very Short Story Contest, out of more than 1,200 entries.

“Second Chance” (in Darren Cormier’s A Little Soul)
Dingy Glass”
The 26th of December
Happy Anniversary

Nonfiction (A selection of web narratives)

Latest: Exporting to the Real World

Seeing the person                   Making good           Striking out diabetes
The house we all built            Flying high              Learning beyond boundaries
Finding family                         Pockets of hope
Beyond the battlefield           Reel ambition
Healing the underserved       Breaking down boxes
A promise is a promise          Grape expectations
Uplifting education                The world by foot
Training to be more               Inspiring kids
Moving beyond the material world

Advice on the craft

“Next time you write, start with ‘Why’”
Appeared in the May 30, 2013 Lovely County Citizen, Eureka Springs, Arkansas. (A “Village View” Column for The Village Writing School)


“Seeking the Whole Truth: T.S. Eliot’s Analysis of Arnold and Pater as Half-Prophets” is forthcoming in a compilation of Eliot essays by Alfa Publications, New Delhi.

Marketing & Communication

Higher Ed Marketing Report – Bronze Award for UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics Problem Solved Ad Campaign, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education Excellence Award & Honorable Mention for Brand Image Advertising Series.

International Academy of Visual Arts – Communicator Award of Distinction for UNCG Brand Guide.

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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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