She is the author of four crime novels, all set in Montana where she and her family spent summer vacations hiking and riding in the backcountry. Her first mystery, Trail of Murder (1992, St. Martin’s Press), was nominated for an Edgar and began the series starring Lee Squires, a professor and poet from Washington, D.C., who moonlights as a camp cook in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Lee’s adventures continue in Grizzly (1994, SMP) and Small Target (l996, SMP). Andreae’s critically acclaimed Smoke Eaters (2000, SMP) is set on a Western wildfire. Her redheaded heroine, Mattie McCullugh, is an Incident Commander who combats wildfire, sexism, and a psychopathic killer. The thriller was a finalist for a Willa Award from Women Writing the West and was also named a Thriller of the Year by the Washington Post.
A committed community volunteer, Andreae worked as a hospice volunteer for ten years. In the hope of bringing the dying process out of the dark closet of fear into the light of day, she wrote about her experiences with her patients in When Evening Comes (SMP, 2000). Her memoir was a Library of Virginia Award finalist for 2001.
In 2004, she began studying botanical drawing and painting at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. She was a participating artist in the Corcoran’s 2006 show “The Botanical Treasures of Lewis and Clark”. She also was the organizer and a participating artist in the 2009 botanical art exhibit featuring native medicinal plants at the Thomas Jefferson Library at Monticello. The exhibit’s on-line catalog is part of the library’s permanent collection: www.monticello.org/library/exhibits/lucymarks/
In 2015, she organized and contributed watercolor paintings to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley group show “Beauty in Botany”. Previous work has been shown at the national Agricultural Library in Beltsville, MD; the Middle Street Gallery in Washington, VA, the Virginia Arboretum in Blandy, VA; and Sun Studio in Front Royal, VA.
For the past decade she has been active in the cause of land preservation and is a founding director of the Scenic 340 Project, Inc., an environmental advocacy group. She and her husband and committed neighbors have succeeded in creating a permanently protected wildlife corridor. The corridor consists of over 1700 acres of private lands that connect the Shenandoah National Park to the George Washington National Forest.
Andreae received her B.A. from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, and her M.A.T. from Yale University.