FORMER Bognor Regis schoolgirl Andrea Frazer is well on her way to becoming one of the country’s most prolific authors.
Mother-of-four Andrea has sign a deal with independent publisher Accent Press to publish her latest novel, Pascal Passion, in paperbook and e-book along with 29 of her earlier books.
Andrea’s earlier works have all made the Kindle bestseller charts since she self-publish her first murder mystery, Death Of An Old Git.
Her newest book is part of the Falconer Files series of 12 novels set in fictitious English village settings and featuring uptight ex-army officer DI Harry Falconer and his DS ‘Davey’ Carmichael.
Andrea, 59, said: “Being able to write for a living is the biggest joy in my life, along with teaching. It’s a pleasure to entertain people.”
She writes daily and notches up a new book every four weeks but she is still way behind the likes of Dame Barbara Cartland and Enid Blyton.
Andrea spent the first 19 years of her life with her family in Oak Grove area of Bognor.
She met her husband, Tony, at the local youth club. After leaving Bognor Regis Grammar School in the early 1970s, she worked as an admin officer in the housing and rent rebate department of Bognor Regis Urban District Council.
The local government reorganisation in 1974 saw Andrea move to Littlehampton to work for Arun District Council before she left to start her family.
She later joined Mensa and was secretary of its group in the area.
She taught music, Greek and English as a foreign language in private and at Northbrook College in Worthing and in Swindon.
Bringing up her children saw her work in a range of jobs before she and Tony left for the Dordogne in France in 2008.
She sent her early books to publishers only to be rejected before she decided to self-publish three years later. Her novels have earned her £70,000 in that format.
“I always knew I wanted to be a writer. When I was five I cut up bits of paper and made books.
“As a teenager, I enrolled on a typing course because I wanted to write. When my children were younger, I wrote books for them too.
“Then, when they had grown up, I wrote Death Of An Old Git. I put it in a drawer and left it after being rejected many times.”
Andrea has also written the Belchester Chronicle series and the Homes and Garden series.