Sarah Andrews (author)

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Sarah Andrews
Occupation Author, Geologist

Sarah Andrews is an American geologist and author of twelve science-based mystery novels and several short stories.[1][2] Many of the novels featuring forensic geologist Em Hansen take place in the Rocky Mountains region of the United States.[3]

In 2005, Sarah was awarded an Artists and Writers grant by the National Science Foundation and deployed through McMurdo Station, Antarctica to remote field camps to research an eleventh novel featuring fictional glaciologist Valena Walker.[4] Sarah has won numerous other awards for her writings, including the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Journalism Award, now called the Geosciences in the Media Award.[1][5]

Life and career[edit]

Sarah Andrews grew up on the East Coast of the United States. Her father was an artist and art teacher and her mother, a teacher of English and comparative religions.[6] Since childhood, she had a passion for exploring the great outdoors, including sailing with her father and wandering solo through the woods and fields during the family's long summers in rural Maine. She left New England to attend college, earning a BA in geology from Colorado College.[1][7]

After college, she stayed in Colorado, working first as a plumber's apprentice on a construction site south of Colorado Springs. When kidded by coworkers about where her "fancy education" had gotten her, she happily taught them about the ancient seaway that had once existed in the area, sharing the fossils she had found up while digging for drain pipes that had been buried by the backhoe.

She next took a job at the U.S. Geological Survey, working under legendary Grand Canyon geologist Edwin D. McKee, who had begun his career as Park Naturalist in 1929.[7][6] She went on to earn a MS in Earth Resources from Colorado State University, studying with Frank Ethridge, then worked as a petroleum geologist with Amoco and ANGUS Petroleum. After being laid off during the oil "bust" of 1986, she moved to California, where she worked as an environmental consultant, began to write, and lectured in the Geology Department at Sonoma State University.[1][2]


Em Hansen Mysteries[edit]

  • Tensleep - 1994
  • A Fall in Denver - 1995
  • Mother Nature - 1997
  • Only Flesh and Bones - 1998
  • Bone Hunter - 1999
  • An Eye For Gold - 2000
  • Fault Line - 2002
  • Killer Dust - 2003
  • Earth Colors - 2004
  • Dead Dry - 2005
  • Rock Bottom - 2012

Other Novels[edit]

  • In Cold Pursuit - 2007


Sarah is writing a non-fiction work on her deployment with the National Science Foundation's Artists and Writers Program in the Antarctic. Also in progress is a biography of her mentor, Edwin D. McKee, who served as chief naturalist at Grand Canyon National Park from 1929-1940. Sarah worked with him at the USGS from 1974-1980.


  1. ^ a b c d "Sarah Andrews". Contemporary Authors Online (Detroit: Gale). 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Sarah Andrews". The Writers Directory (Detroit: St. James Press). 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Sarah Andrews: Pilot, geologist, and mystery writer". Macmillian Publishers, LLC. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Antarctic Artists & Writers Program — Past Participants". National Science Foundation. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Association Awards: Geosciences in the Media Award". American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Paths through Science: Sarah Andrews" (PDF). American Geophysical Union. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Eide, Brock L.; Eide, Fernette F. (2011). The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain. New York: Penguin Group. pp. 139–142. ISBN 9780452297920. 
  • Stasio, Marilyn (January 7, 1996). "Crime". New York Times. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  • Horvath, Alex (July 13, 2001). "Murder, they write in North Bay". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  • Krasny, Michael (15 January 2002). African Dust. (Interview). Forum. KQED. San Francisco. 

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