Posted by TJ Rinaldi

Andra Watkins
The entire community is invited this Wednesday, October 18!!! (see left column for details). Catering to Rotary International's focus on family and literacy, motivational speaker Andra Watkins will be taking time out of her busy schedule as she travels through Wautoma, WI on her way south from Colby, WI. She is speaking on how making a 444 mile journey ON FOOT through the Natchez Trace changed her life.
New York Times best selling author Andra Watkins lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Michael T Maher.
A non-practicing CPA, she has a degree in accounting from Francis Marion University. She’s still mad at her mother for refusing to let her major in musical theater, because her mom was
convinced she’d end up starring in porn films. She’s the author of four books and counting. Her acclaimed first novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis was published by Word Hermit Press on March 1, 2014.

Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace is a memoir about her dysfunctional family adventure; it is a National Book Award nominee and a New York Times best seller. Natchez Trace: Tracks in Time is a book of photography, shot during her 15-mile daily hikes on her 444-mile Natchez Trace walk. Hard to Die is Andra’s latest novel. It’s an afterlife story of Theodosia Burr Alston, tragic daughter of Aaron Burr and subject of the song “Dear Theodosia” from the Tony-award-winning smash Hamilton: An American Musical. Available everywhere November 1, 2016.

Andra is a highly decorated Rotarian. She is a past club president, past district communications chair, founding chair of Rotary Friendship Exchange, two-time Rotarian of the Year, multiple Paul Harris Fellow, and recipient of her district’s Distinguished Service Award. She knows how to craft an appearance at any civic club. Andra is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She loves to talk history with her fellow daughters around the world.

Andra works with librarians around the United States to provide engaging, high-energy author programming for patrons. She can provide a lengthy list of librarians who’ve booked her
program and will vouch for both its quality and her professionalism.