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Andrea Portes is the bestselling novelist of the critically lauded novel, HICK.  The book was her debut novel and was made into a feature film starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Eddie Redmayne, Blake Lively, Alec Baldwin and Juliette Lewis. Andrea Portes was honored to write the screenplay adaptation. Her second novel BURY THIS, came out in February 2014, and examines the 1979 murder of a young woman and its effect on a small town in Michigan. An impressionistic literary thriller about the murder of a young girl in small-town Michigan in 1979. The book has been critically lauded, hailed by the New York TImes as “exquisite.” Andrea’s third novel, ANATOMY OF A MISFIT, marks her first YA fiction. The novel was optioned by Paramount Pictures in a preemptive deal due to a bidding war. Shortly thereafter, Portes sold LIBERTY a YA spy-thriller to HarperCollins. Fox Studios’ Fox 2000 acquired the rights to LIBERTY, to be produced by Wyck Godfrey and TEMPLE HILL.

Andrea’s next novel, THE FALL OF BUTTERFLIES, will be out in Summer 2016, through HarperCollins.

Andrea grew up shuffled around between such disparate locales as Nebraska, Brasilia, Texas, Rio De Janiero, Baltimore, North Dakota, California, Wisconsin and North Carolina. Finally, Andrea was granted relief from this nomadic existence when she was accepted to Bryn Mawr College, where she attended on full scholarship and later graduated cum laude, with a major in English Literature. She then earned her Masters in Fine Arts degree from UC-San Diego.

After her relentless education, Andrea moved to the neighborhood of Echo Park in Los Angeles, where she spent years mostly getting into trouble and living in a world far beyond the ivory tower existence she had led for so long. It was in this period of vague nothingness that Andrea penned her debut novel, in longhand in three notebooks, somewhere amidst the hurly burly of those reprobate days.

Currently, Andrea is writing her fifth novel, CHEAPSKATE CHARLIE, a work of literary fiction, as well as co-writing the film script for ANATOMY OF A MISFIT for Paramount Pictures. She is, also, developing both BURY THIS for film. She lives in Los Angeles and is represented by Jordan Bayer at Original Artists for film and is represented in New York by Rosemary Stimola at Stimola Literary agency for literature.

Click here to buy HICK here to buy BURY THIS OR here to buy ANATOMY OF A MISFIT


3 thoughts on “BIOGRAPHY

  1. Andrea, I was hoping you would have a website. Just finished reading “Hick”. I have never read a book remotely close to it. Its not a fake imitation of guessing how that lifestyle is….I know you have lived every single day of it. You write of things you can’t know unless you have actually lived it. Here’s the thing: I grew up exactly like you, hell, alot of us did but there aren’t any books about us, not really….until yours. You are one of us but it doesn’t mean you are defeated, devoid of ambition and intelligence, not even worth a box of welfare cheese. But somehow you rose above it all….I mean I think its safe to assume you don’t live in a trailer park with a velvet paint-by-number of Elvis hanging over the sofa. I don’t know you but I am so proud of you, my hick sister, you give us inspiration that maybe our scruffy little underdeveloped dreams can somehow be a reality one day. Thank you for a beautiful book.

  2. Hello Andrea,

    I’m so incredibly excited to spread your novel to young people who will finally hear a voice like theirs speaking through the pages. I’m teaching your novel in the next few weeks at Lincoln Southeast High School in Nebraska. The students couldn’t be more excited that someone from their stomping grounds got out and made something of themselves. Are there any main messages or themes you feel as an author you would really like them to understand? I know they would love to hear anything you would say to them. Thank you so much for speaking the truth and letting teens everywhere know they are strong, they have a voice, and not everyone is Gossip Girl perfect!

  3. The reason I read Hick was because I discovered my favourite actress, Chloe Grace Moretz would appear in the film. I fell in love with the book and the character Luli and and it became my favourite book. I love that it portrays how young girls such as myslef and Luli feel about the world. I am clearly too young to have read the book but I loved what I heard about it and as an aspiring writer and actress, I am willing to push my boundaries in order to connect with characters. Reading through Luli’s point of view gave me an interesting view of life and Chloe is very lucky to be able to play her, it’s a role I’d die for!


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