author and book coach

Andromeda Romano-Lax

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"2021's Best and Most Anticipated Historical Fiction Novels" ~ Oprah Magazine
Best / Most Anticipated Books of 2021:
Buzzfeed, Millions, Popsugar
Reader's Digest Top 52 Novels of the Year
Booklist Top 10 Historical Fiction Book of the Year
One of Library Journal's Best Books of the Year


Annie and the Wolves

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A modern-day historian finds her life intertwined with Annie Oakley's in an electrifying novel that explores female revenge and the allure of changing one's past.

Ruth McClintock is obsessed with Annie Oakley. For nearly a decade, she has been studying the legendary sharpshooter, convinced that a scarring childhood event was the impetus for her crusade to arm every woman in America. This search has cost Ruth her doctorate, a book deal, and her fiance, but finally it has borne fruit. She has managed to hunt down what may be a journal of Oakley's midlife struggles, including secret visits to a psychoanalyst and the desire for vengeance against the "Wolves," or those who have wronged her.


With the help of Reece, a tech-savvy senior at the local high school, Ruth attempts to establish the journal's provenance, but she's begun to have jarring out-of-body episodes parallel to Annie's own lived experiences. As she solves Annie's mysteries, Ruth confronts her own truths, including the link between her teenage sister's suicide and an impending tragedy in her Minnesota town that Ruth can still prevent.

now in paperback!

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about Andromeda

Born in Chicago and now a resident of Vancouver Island, Canada, Andromeda Romano-Lax worked as a freelance journalist and travel writer before turning to fiction. Her first novel, The Spanish Bow, was translated into eleven languages and chosen as a New York Times Editors’ Choice, BookSense pick, and one of Library Journal’s Best Books of the Year. Her next three novels, The Detour, Behave (an Amazon Book of the Month), and Plum Rains (winner of the Sunburst Award) reflect her diverse interest in the arts, history, science, and technology, as well as her love of travel and her time spent living abroad. ​

​Andromeda co-founded and continues to blog for 49 Writers, a nonprofit organization. She has taught fiction in the University of Alaska Anchorage low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program and currently works with novelists and memoirists as a freelance book coach. 

She lives with her family on a small island off a bigger island in British Columbia, where her favorite activities are trail running, cycling and paddleboarding.

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virtual book launch 2021

Come celebrate with me! Let's do that COVID thing we all do so well. Please drop in for a few minutes or the whole shebang. No driving, no parking, no bad weather. And many of these fine bookstores will ship you an autographed copy with a special edition bookplate.  

Kenai Peninsula College Author's Showcase
MAR 24, WED, 6:00 pm Alaska time
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Join me for a discussion of my latest novel plus lessons learned from writing five novels. Bring you questions about writing!

Page 158 Books, Wake Forest NC
mar 30, TUES, 6:30 PM ET 
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Join me, Heather Frese and Kristin Bair for a discussion of our books!

Virtual Book Launch at Magic City Books, Tulsa OK with Erika Swyler
Feb 8, 7:00-8:00 CST.
(5 pm pst,
6 pm mst, 8 pm est)
register here

Join me and Erika Swyler, author of THE BOOK OF SPECULATION and LIGHT FROM OTHER STARS at a fabulous bookstore (which is also a nonprofit)!

Virtual Launch Event at Vroman's with Gayle Brandeis
VROMAN'S books
pasadena, ca
feb 11, 6:00-7:00 pm PST
registration link coming soon

Come support one of California's most historic and beloved indie bookstores. I'll be sharing the virtual stage with Gayle Brandeis, author of Many Reckless Concerns and The Art of Misdiagnosis. 

Ole! Book Talk, requires pre-registration in Meet the Authors virtual course, Anchorage, AK 
FEB 17, 10:45 AM-NOON

If you're participating, might I suggest you consider buying a book from one of the following Alaska indie bookstores?

Title Wave Books, Anchorage

Writer's Block, Anchorage

Fireside Books, Palmer

Haines Bookstore, Haines

Homer Bookstore, Homer

Skylark Books, Missouri
WED. FEB. 17, 7:00-8:00 PM, CST 
register here

Join me, in partnership with Juliet Grames, author of The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna for a conversation about history, family, secrets and more. 

Deep Valley Book Festival, Mankato, Minnesota
march 6-7, online

When I was offered a chance to participate in this book festival that takes place close to where I set Annie and the Wolves, I said, "Count me in!"


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