Photo: Reverie Photography

Photo: Reverie Photography

Hi, I'm Andrea.

I'm a writer, editor, and habitual daydreamer with more than a decade of experience in publishing. I spent the past nine years as an editor at American Girl where I specialized in creating nonfiction content that empowered girls to explore their creative potential. I also wrote an award-winning children’s book called Spark: A Guide to Ignite the Creativity Inside You.

Today I’m a full-time freelancer with an ever-changing list of editorial projects for children and adult readers. One of my favorite roles is being the managing editor (plus contributing writer and podcast co-host) at The Art of Simple. I’m also at work on my next middle-grade book (coming in 2020). My belief in the power of words and images guides the content I create each day, whoever my reader may be.

When I'm not creating for work, I'm often creating for fun. My favorite part of the creative process is developing the potential of raw materials, whether that's a fresh idea, a rough draft, or more tactile supplies—glue, paper, cookie dough. In my free time I write fiction and essays, experiment in the kitchen, and paint when the mood strikes me. But most of the time, you'll probably find me doing one of two things: exploring the outdoors or reading a book. (See photos of my outdoor explorations on Instagram and my current reads on Goodreads.) Want to get in touch? Drop me a line at andrea.debbink@gmail.com.

"To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work."

—Mary Oliver