It took a couple of years and a campus job that was project oriented (and didn't mind if she worked on personal things in between projects) before she was able to begin realizing her dreams. The first book she wrote, Forsaken Prince (formerly The Key of Kilenya), was published June of 2011, and she has stopped publishing since.
A few other things about Andrea:
She's a co-host of the Six Figure Authors podcast, she's frequently invited to teach about successful publishing and marketing across the USA, and she and her husband both write now. (Him under the pen name of Nolan James.) They homeschool their kids and love watching movies after the kids are in bed.