Dee Andrews is writing a historical fiction book about the 1918 influenza pandemic, which is thought to have originated in her home state of Kansas. Her short story The Enemy Within inspired her novel and received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers.
Dee’s grandmothers were the first storytellers in her life. Grandma Martha told of her parents emigrating from Germany. Grandma Helen liked to remember the adventure of living in Los Angeles for a year as a newly married young woman. And great Grandma Kelly’s childhood in Kentucky
Perhaps since those early stories, historical fiction books have always appealed to Dee. She loves learning about the past from interesting and engaging characters.
Writing her own novel was a dream that came to fruition during the influenza outbreak of 2009. Comparisons in the news to the 1918 pandemic piqued her curiosity, and when Dee read that historians and scientists thought the 1918 outbreak may have originated in Kansas, her story was born.
Since then, Dee has devoted countless hours to researching, writing, and revising. Her idea and how to tell the story flourished once she discovered the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver and found her people and honed her craft.
Dee is grateful to be part of the Book Project—an intensive two-year program at Lighthouse that supports writers in finishing their book-length manuscripts. Her manuscript benefited from critiques from her Book Project peers and her mentors, Erika Krouse and Eleanor Brown.
Until the novel finds a publisher, join Dee Andrews here to learn about the 1918 influenza pandemic, and remember to get your flu shot!