Aside from ably crafting an intelligent yet emotional body of prose, Andrea manages to express her love and gratitude to one of the persons who made such impact in her life: her dad, whose works of art also appear here.
Dear Life, Here I Am. is a treasure trove, a lush collection of works of art from the mind and heart of two persons whose lives are closely interconnected not just by blood, but something else beyond.
Andrea Lynn Samuels was born and raised in New York City. She attended and graduated from A. Philip Randolph Campus High School in Manhattan, formerly the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art where her dad attended growing up, now located at Lincoln Center. She is an alumnus of South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, where she majored in marketing.
Andrea has been reciting poetry since the age of four. She has taken some of the poetry that she has secretly written over the span of thirty years, and has honored the memory of her beloved dad, cancer warrior Calvin H. Samuels, by weaving some of his paintings into her book.
Now living in Charlotte, North Carolina, Andrea enjoys spending time with her son, mother, family, and friends. She loves connecting with other people through her extensive volunteer work in her community. Always ready with encouraging words and scripture, she helps others in their journeys in life, just as she and her family have been helped.