April 29, 2002
Local author realizes her lifelong dream
by Deborah Stone
Arts and Entertainment
To local resident Lindsay Andreotti, writing and publishing a children's book has been a lifelong dream. Although she began writing stories as a child and was encouraged to continue this pursuit, life took a different course for her and she became a successful management consultant with her own firm, helping executives create legendary companies.
Her dream, however, always lay on the back burner, but it began to surface again when she became a mother. Then 2 1/2 years ago, while on a plane headed to California for business, Andreotti decided to jot down her thoughts for a story that would bring kids and adults together.
She says, "I seized upon a subject, coffee, that I thought would be perfect for both groups. It's a natural topic for adults, particularly in this region of coffee lovers, and for kids it's perfect, too, because they're always so curious about this beverage that they see their parents drink each day."
The idea grew into a story, which eventually became a book, "The Queen and the Coffee Bean." Andreotti's tale is a fictitious legend of how coffee came to be one of society's favorite beverages. Using lilting verse and whimsical pictures, illustrated by Andreotti's dear friend and artist Julie Hartley, "The Queen and the Coffee Bean" details a daring prince's search on behalf of his mother, the wise queen, for the perfect drink guaranteed to warm one's insides and boost one's morale.
Told with humor and wit, Andreotti's story is a delightful literary treat for all ages. The amusing and colorful illustrations go hand-in-hand with the verse, complementing it. "I knew right away that I wanted Julie to do the illustrations," comments Andreotti. "She is a talented artist with a funky sense of humor and her personality really comes through in her work. I've known Julie since I was a baby because our parents were friends. We were good friends during our childhood but temporarily lost touch when my family moved to the Eastside. Then we ended up going to the same university (Central Washington) and took up where we'd left off years before.
" It was a wonderful experience to collaborate with her on this book and our hope is to do more projects together in the future. We actually have a great idea for a sequel to this story."
Andreotti decided to self-publish "The Queen and the Coffee Bean" because she just didn't have the desire or the time to go through the process of submitting her manuscript over and over again to editors and publishing houses. She also wanted more control over the project from start to finish, although this in itself was a time consuming process.
"The work doesn't stop even after the book is published," explains Andreotti. "It's the writer's responsibility to do lots of the footwork to help market the book. I must admit that I've been so busy with my business and my family commitments that this part has not been tended to as well as it could be, but frankly, I didn't produce this book for the money.
"I did it to realize a lifelong dream and I feel great about accomplishing this goal. In fact, I would like to donate the proceeds from the sales of the book to a cause, if possible."
The book, although out since last year, has not generated any formal reviews, but many of the word-of-mouth comments that Andreotti has received have been positive.
"The Queen and the Coffee Bean" is currently available through Amazon.com, and at Barnes and Noble bookstores.
Andreotti will be on hand to read from the book at the Woodinville Barnes and Noble June 1 at 1 p.m.