She has already published three very compelling non-fiction books, all based on true stories from her life and other’s close to her, titled “Dumbfounded for the One Eyed Monster,” “Falling From Grace,” and “552 Hades.” But her fourth has taken a different approach to dealing with discomfort.
Her latest story is a children’s book titled “Granny Come Back Down Here!” and was developed to help children understand heaven and death, specifically her 6-year-old daughter Dakota, the story’s protagonist.
In 2009, three-year-old Dakota lost her Grandmother to health complications and Andrean struggled getting Dakota to make sense of it all. She tried answering each question her daughter had, but it was still difficult for Dakota to comprehend.
Dakota would ask Andrean who was taking care of Granny, began pondering what heaven was like and asked if there were lots of beds up there.
Praying for help with explaining death to Dakota, one night Andrean jumped up from a deep sleep and shouted “Granny Come Back Down Here!”
“After watching Dakota literally look to the sky and scream for her Granny to come back down here, the vision came to me and I knew this was my next story,” Andrean said.
“Granny Come Back Down Here!” follows around Dakota, as she tries to understand what happened to her Granny and why she is gone. She also meets another little boy at a park, who helps her comprehend.
“The story is scripture based, to help ease children in the time of pain,” Andrean said. “I believe this book, with its beautiful and simplistic illustrations and wording, will help me do the job of explaining to her (Dakota) and other children between the ages of 3-7 years old, what the loss of a loved one really means,” Andrean wrote on her kickstarter campaign.
Until August 14th, she is currently hosting a website fundraiser to help with printing costs and to pay her illustrator, Christopher Haywood. She is hoping for $650 and is offering her supporters personal ways of showing thanks.
For $50 or more, the name of a lost loved one of the contributor’s will be printed in the books dedication page. They will also receive an author signed copy of the book, complimentary bookmark and book poster.
For $100 or more, Andrean will donate a signed copy of “Granny Come back Down Here!” to a school or library of the donor’s choice (within Los Angeles County) and will do a personal reading of the story at the location, in addition to the other perks listed above.
“This campaign gives people the opportunity to be a part of this. I’m also looking for a local publisher, local distribution and would love to get this books in local schools,” she said.
Which might be possible once the book is printed, as Andrean is a Program Coordinator for a program known as W.R.A.P., Winners Reaching Amazing Potential.
So with your support, the dream of a Long Beach author, mother, and wife will help come to fruition, as she purses the possibility of sharing her story and book “Granny Come back Down Here!” with Long Beach children, and beyond.