Andrea Wilson is the author of When we were alone. She was born on April 20, 1974, in the small town of Linden, Guyana. Situated sixty-five miles up the Demerara River, Linden is known primarily as a bauxite mining town. At an early age her love for and fascina-tion with reading was stimulated by a dad whose Louis L’Amour books littered their home and for whom she waited eagerly at the end of each day for the tales that he spun about wars, cowboys and many, many heroes. Her respect for the profundity and power of words was instilled by a grandfather who too soon went blind, making her his reading ‘eyes’. She would spend many hours reading aloud for him the news and other select books and was never allowed to skip ‘the big words’.She was always considered a promising student at the Mackenzie High School where she participated in debates and was selected Head Prefect. Her career as a teacher started soon after her graduation and during her early years in the secondary system she was able to further develop her passion for The Arts through teaching Literature and encouraging student participation in the Performing Arts. She obtained her professional qualifications for teaching English at the secondary level in the year 2000 and was awarded the best graduating student prize for Region Ten along with the best graduating English and Education student. She then pursued the Bachelor of Education programme in English and Humanities Studies at the University of Guyana and graduated Valedictorian, winning the President’s Medal along with the Teach-ers’ Union Award, Eusi Kwayana and Canadian Guild Award.