I’m Andrea Ramsay.
I’m a writer and editor based in Austin, Texas.
I write all kinds of things for my clients: blog posts, web copy, email copy, press materials, articles, bios, about pages, and books.
“But so do a lot of people,” you’re thinking. “What makes you so special?”
I don’t know if these things make me special, but here you go:
I believe clarity comes first in writing. I am most excited when I find the perfect arrangement of words that conveys a message in a clear, understandable and effective way.
Mariah Carey has an amazing vocal range, and I like to think my writing range aspires to diva level. For clients, I’ve written everything from what to expect from your gum graft surgery to how Alzheimer’s affects the brain to how fathers can raise strong daughters to…you name it.
I went full-time freelance in 2014 but have been writing professionally since 2010. I published a book of essays in 2017. Before I became a freelance writer, I worked in book publishing in the editorial and PR departments. I’ve been in and around the industry for a long time.
I respect the craft. I am not a chatbot churning out content. I get to know my subject. I listen to my interviewee. I research. I learn. I edit. A lot.
I also edit.
I edit nonfiction manuscripts for previously published and first-time authors. I love getting in on the early drafts, so I can help craft the overall narrative. Having written a few books myself, I know what writers need from their editors to be the best writer they can be, rather than want to cry, quit and crawl into a cave.
Some of you are here because you know me as Andrea Lucado—
The author and blogger who lived at AndreaLucado.com for a long time. I’m still that person! But I got married, changed my name, and my career has morphed and formed into largely client-based work. I needed a new home online that reflects that.
If you’re interested in my more personal writing, articles and essays (which I do still write!), you can find those here and/or subscribe to my newsletter here.
Um, wow. I can definitely identify with your story. I too was studying abroad a year ago in England, and am back in the world of good ol’ Southern Americana…trying to find the bridge between what I learned and what I knew before. Glad to know there are other people out there experiencing the same thing. Last June, I was fresh off a plane and still finding train ticket stubs and pence in my pockets. I still had pictures from the Acropolis and St. Mark’s Basilica in my digital camera. I was still used to walking everywhere! Europe was a great experience. Look forward to reading your blog!
P.S. I found out about your blog via my sister, who met your sister!
just read ur blog.. kinda like it.. i’ll be adding it to my favorite.
One tap that produces both hot and cold water – whoa!!!! 😮
Great Blog …I am a spoken English teacher in Pakistan and would be reading your hard to answer questions often 🙂
Will bookmarks this site
Great site! I noticed on your twitter profile that you work in book publicity. Do you promote SP books? If so please contact me on twitter under @SteadfastChrist.
I happen to fall on to this blog while looking up Matt Damon on Twitter, awkward fun fact about me and my mild obsession with useless information. As I read on through your posts I found just what i’ve been looking for. A blog about the real world, no fluff or sugar coating to sweeten the views. Just you and your thoughts for all the world to see. Very inspirering and motivating. Thank you for sharing and your gaind a real “fan”? Please keep it up. 🙂
Haha! I love that that’s how you found my blog. Thanks so much for your encouragement. I hope this blog always stays real and away from the fluff.
Totally agree with your mini bio. I’m a first-year elementary teacher wanting to write and travel with my life, but the demands of teaching in a low-income school suck the life and time out of me. But what you wrote about “What did I have left to blog about? And when would I have time with a normal, grown-up 8-5 job? The easy answers were a.) nothing and b.) I don’t. But the difficult answers, a.) what is there not left to write about? and b.) the weekends, my lunch break, or free evenings, kept staring me in the face” convict me, so I should figure how to manage my time better. We are two peas in pod as “a 20-something, new-to-the-workplace, trying-to-find-and- pursue-her-true-passions girl, who may or may not be in a little bit of denial regarding her entry into the real world.” I thought I was the only one. Thanks Andrea 🙂 Looking forward to reading more
Hello Andrea, my name is Jonathan (from Australia). I live in the Basque Country here in Europe with my family. Thanks for your blog and openness in your writing. It is refreshing to read your writing!
Thank you for continuing to write! Your writing is refreshing and I feel like I’m sitting down with a long lost friend. Happy Tuesday 🙂
Hi andrea, i’m Bruna (from Brazil). I just found your website and i loved it! I can learn english and think about God’s things. Thank you for that! God bless you..
Hi! I’ve been trying to subscribe to your blog but this just doesn’t let me.
I keep writing my e-mail and is rejected. I tried with another e-mail and happened the same.
What could be the problem? That I’m from Venezuela?
Maybe I’m the only one but I comment it here just in case is a problem with the blog so you are aware of it.
God bless you.
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Hi Andrea! Another Andrea here. I first discovered your writing while reading Storyline and have read your blog in the past too. The new site is beautiful! Congrats! I look forward to reading more from you here and other places. I appreciate your thoughtful and humble perspective.
Nice to meet you Andrea ! I first read you on Relevant and I really liked it. Nice new website design 🙂 Keep on sharing your heart with us, it’s a blessing 🙂
What’s up, of course this post is actually good and
I have learned lot of things from it on the topic of blogging.
I have enjoyed your writing on She Reads Truth and I can’t wait to read more on your blog. Writing & Jesus who could ask for more. 🙂
I love that picture of you in front of the Batman building. You look like a model. I hope you are doing well.
I discovered your blog through one of your father’s books translated in french which I will give to my daughter: 40 pocket prayers for Mums.
So I came on your blog and read two very interesting posts: What’s really killing your spiritual life? And What empathy is and what it is not.
Convinced by those readings, I subscribed and look forward to receive your mails.
I live in Switzerland.
Are you related to Max?
You inspire me!
I really enjoy your writing, and that of your father’s. I feel a little strange for being a senior citizen and reading your blog (or any blog). But, I find your words poignant and refreshing. Thank you!
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Reading Your Dad’s Books! And I LOVE To Hear Him Speak Also, I Saw Him At A Women Of Faith Conference A While Back And He Speaks EXACTLY As He Writes, So Eloquently! When Reading His Books, It Fills Me With Peace And I Feel As Though I Am Right There, Living In That Moment That He’s Writing About! He Is An AMAZING Writer And Man Of God! No Doubt That You Have Followed In His Footsteps And Received That Same AMAZING Talent! May God Richly Bless You!
I am watching you being interviewed by your Dad. You are talking about your book and your experiences of going through doubt. Thank you for sharing your story.
Thank you for listening.
I JUST SAW YOUR BOOK PROMOTED ON KATHY LEE & HODA, I WAS WONDERING IF YOUR BOOK IS GEARED TWOARDS WOMEN/MEN OR BOTH?
Hi John! I didn’t gear it specifically toward women or men. I’ve heard from readers of both genders, so I guess it’s speaking to men and women 🙂 The main topic is struggling with faith in another country. So I would say anyone who has struggled in his faith, had doubts or questions would probably see a part of himself in this story.
Hi Andrea. I just shot you an email and realized that that IS, in fact, the “batman building” in our common city, Nashville. I’m cracking up. I can’t wait to dive into your blog and I’d love it if you had a quick peek at mine. I hope you’re enjoying being back in God’s country. I don’t know if we were there the same years, but too bad we missed each other at ACU! Though I’m probably ancient at 40-something. Ha! Cheers and happy writing! Definitely buying your book. Blessings!
Hello Andrea! Just finished your book, and straightaway started reading it again! It was so beautifully written, and I could so identify with what you were saying. But what you may find strange is that I am English, born and bred! I became a ‘real’ Christian at 16, despite being from a typical nominal/vaguely-churchgoing British background. When I joined the Christian Union I became part of a great group of Christian friends, though we were certainly in the minority at our school. But when I went up to cCambridge, and later studied in Oxford, I felt as much a fish out of water as you did. England is a very nuanced and complex place, even though by American standards it is very small. I am from the north, and never feel at ‘home’ in the ‘home counties’. However, I always feel at home with people who as big questions!
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Thoughtful, mindful, intentional…..your writing encourages me to tightly embrace the new normals of daily life this side of Heaven!!
I was searching the net looking for a book or something that I could relate to that would help me in what I am going through and there you were. I feel so lost. I was raised in the church, went to church everyday of the week and it wasn’t that I was taught to not question, but being taught by two loving parents about God, faith, Christianity, heaven and hell, it was why would I question. Now I sit here as an adult and thinking of the life experiences I overcame and the people who have crossed my path who were not raised in the church as I was, but who are still amazing people I am questioning it all, what I was taught to believe that is. I feel like I don’t know what to believe and where to start to find out for myself what I believe. I know I believe in God and my faith, but the religion is what I’m struggling with and what God truly intended for us before man grabbed a hold of it. I’m still searching for answers but I just wanted you to know that what I’ve digested so far from what you have touched upon has helped me. Thank you.
Thank you for your opinion on abortion that ran in USA Today. I think more people looked at life the way you do.
Your piece about abortion in USA Today was so beautifully put and spot on. As a mom of several kids, including one miscarriage, and survivor of severe PPD, have never felt more compassion from a Christian than reading your words. Whenever I listen to people who vote pro-life (or more appropriately, pro-forced birth) I am completely stunned by how great they are at making a ton of cold-hearted and wrong assumptions about others they don’t know and will never know, and how superbly awful at listening or educating themselves about reality. Their signs and chants at rallies essentially say “I don’t need to know your story, my life experience is the only one that matters, I have all of the answers for you.” There is no love there, no concern about the suffering or consequences that these inhumane laws create, no even compassion for parents or kids, only self-congratulation that they earned brownie points with God.
Great article on abortion and Texas. I can’t offer much opinion . I am an old white Canadian. But I sent the article to a gay husband ws ho recently left his marriage and is giving up on God. I asked him to personalize your opinion towards his struggle. Sorry for the theft . But it is for a greater cause to hopefully help him humanize himself
Just read your opinion piece in USA Today. I want to thank you. As a fellow Christian, I really relate to your reasoning that we need to listen, and humanize the women who may feel they need to have an abortion. Laws like the one passed in Texas truly dehumanize women and ignore the complexity of the issue. I appreciate your reasoning and your leadership in speaking up so eloquently on this topic.