I’m glad you found my website. I started this website so that when I become a very famous and important author, readers can easily find my page, instead of a page set up by a trolling imitator who bought my url.

What have I written?

Avery & Quinn is a series of children’s stories detailing the adventures of two cousins during their family visits to their grandparents’ home. Written for the early reader, I’ve tried to avoid the moralizing tone of so many picture books and just tell funny, sweet stories reminiscent of the best parts of my childhood, spent in Lavallette with Kate Costello.

Better This Way (working title) is my memoir of growing up in a Catholic family and dealing with the difficulty of having a gay father at a time when very few people, and certainly none in our middle-class world, were out of the closet. My parents divorced just as the AIDS crisis was beginning, and the specter of disease hung over our lives. The story progresses from my childhood prior to my parents’ divorce, through his coming-out and subsequent abandonment, our reunion when I was in college, his growing prominence as a Leatherman and his eventual marriage to his long-time slave, Patrick. I am seeking representation for Better This Way.

A chapter of my memoir recently won the 2018 Chris Hewitt Award for Creative Non-Fiction. You can read it HERE.

Death at Solomon is an unconventional mystery.  Victor Gonzalez is a burnt-out staffer for the California Correctional Officers Union, fighting to get medical leave for prison guard Corey Price, a young veteran with PTSD. Before Victor gets Corey the help he needs, Corey gets killed, and Black Lives Matter activist Shan Mitchell, imprisoned at Solomon Correctional Facility, is blamed. Victor’s daughter Mariel tries to convince her father that Shan can’t be the killer. Victor wants to help Corey’s widow and young daughter and the other guards he represents but doesn’t want to be involved in a murder investigation. As Victor gets to know more about Corey, he learns about Corey’s past ties with a white supremacist gang and his mental health struggles. As Victor begins to suspect that Corey committed suicide, he must figure out who framed Shan Mitchell, and why. The more he learns about who really runs the prison, the more he questions his theory of the murder. I am also seeking representation for Death at Solomon, although I may self-publish this one some time down the line.

If you want to know what I’m writing right now, the best place to start is by reading me on Medium or on my blog.

If you came here looking for Andrea L. Dooley, Arbitrator, well, that’s me, but you should click on this LINK for information about my legal practice.