Andrea Warren grew up in the town of Newman Grove, Nebraska. She graduated from the University of Nebraska with a master’s degree in British literature. She wrote her first stories for publication while teaching high school English and history in Hastings, Nebraska. Later she moved to Lawrence, Kansas, and earned a master’s degree in magazine journalism from the University of Kansas. After briefly editing a magazine and working as a newspaper reporter, she began her career as a freelance writer, contributing articles to major magazines. She also began writing books. In 1996, she published her first nonfiction book for young readers, Orphan Train Rider: One Boy’s True Story.
It was followed by several more nonfiction works that have won awards, including the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award.