Welcome to Larry Andrews' website.

Greetings and welcome to my blog spot.

I've written two novels since my retirement in 2008. The first is a romance, Songs of Sadness, Songs of Love. The second is an action/mysteryThe China-Africa Parallax: A Ryan and Gillian Mystery.

Among the textbooks I have written areLinguistics for L2 Teachers, Mahwah, NJ, Lawrence Earlbaum Associates, 2001; and Language Exploration and Awareness: A Resource Book for Teachers, 3rd edition, Mahwah, NJ, Lawrence Earlbaum Associates, 2006. This textbook was translated into Korean by Pagijong Press, Seoul, South Korea. 2010.

I am presently writing my third Ryan and Gillian novel, The Nathan Culper Brotherhood. You can follow my progress on novel #3 here at this blog site.

To order any of my titles please go either to nook.com or amazon.com (Kindle users can go to the Kindle Store.).

Monday, April 18, 2011

Library Thing interview

CORRECTION. I'll be answering questions, responding to comments/suggestions about The China-Africa Parallax onhttp://librarything.com/, (See Group, then Author Talk) From April 18 through April 24. Please disregard my earlier announcement that included a 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon parameter. 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Life is not a rehearsal

You only live once; this is not a rehearsal. So go out, grab life by the throat and make today count. (Adapted after Duncan Bannatyne)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Book Giveaway

Four readers selected randomly will receive a free copy of The China-Africa Parallax: A Ryan and Gillian Mystery. Seehttp://www.goodreads.com/giveaway. Click on
"recently listed." Thanks and good luck.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Why write fiction?

I've been thinking about why I turned to fiction.  My textbooks have been successful so why didn't I prepare a 4th edition of one text and a 2nd edition for another?

1. Writing fiction is a new experience for me.
2. In retirement, I  needed to do something different, something new, in order to keep my brain engaged.
3. Fiction involves powerful and significant ideas outside of the context of academic fields.
4. Fiction causes readers to think and to feel; it's both cognitive and affective.
5. Fiction is entertaining.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Win a copy

Four readers selected randomly will receive a free copy of The China-Africa Parallax: A Ryan and Gillian Mystery. Go tohttp://www.goodreads.com/giveaway. Click on "recently listed." Good luck!

Win a free book

Enter a book give away at Goodreads.com. I'm giving away four copies to four lucky people selected at random. To enter, go to http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway. Click on "recently_listed."

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Over at Readers Nook several of us have listed our favorite authors. I posted Robert B. Parker, creator of the Spenser and Jesse Stone series. His novels are #1 in crime/cop books; the way his stories advance through  the characters' dialogue is stunning! He's been a major influence on me.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Deeper Experiences

Fictionalized, vicarious experiences are sharper for the older me than they were at 15, 25, or 35 years. My descriptions are better, I think.