Author Backstory: Renee Andrews
Readers know Renee Andrews as an award-winning author of inspirational romance novels, but did you know she worked for NASA?
Renee began working for a NASA subcontractor as a technical writer within the Federal Systems Division immediately upon graduating from college. In her work Renee was privy to classified information regarding world events that were about to happen—such as the Gulf War—but she could not share any aspects of her job with friends or family. She was only able to “talk shop” with her husband, who also worked in the Federal Systems Division for the same subcontractor—but even then they were not permitted to do so beyond the safe confines of the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF). Information was so isolated within the SCIF that, on one occasion, she didn’t realize a devastating F4 tornado had passed through her city until she emerged from the windowless facility to discover that other buildings were completely missing, cars were in trees and all phone lines were down.
Ever since turning in her classified badge and leaving NASA, Renee misses playing a small part in the big picture of what is going on in the country, but she’s always aware that there is so much more happening behind the scenes than most people could possibly imagine.
Today Renee credits her former profession for providing her with details that add depth and realism to the characters, particularly the military characters, in her novels. If the old saying—“write what you know”—is true, then having had a security clearance, having worked in a SCIF and having assisted those who helped the nation prepare for a potential war definitely gives her a deep well to draw from for suspense writing.
For more information, please visit her website at www.reneeandrews.com.