Andrea Torrey Balsara


Andrea Torrey Balsara is an award-winning children’s and young adult author/illustrator and motivational speaker.

Her passion is to empower children to think for themselves, to learn about the power and beauty of our diverse human family, and to walk the “Hero’s Journey” in real life.
Having struggled with mental wellness as a youth, she seeks to empower young people of all life experiences and diverse backgrounds through her writing, art, and presentations.
Andrea’s presentations combine book readings, music (depending on the presentation), theater, and discussion, all while weaving in elements of real-world empowerment that speak to youth where they are.
She lives in an old Victorian manor house with her husband and fur-family, where she can often be found in her cold attic of a work room, pretending to be the heroine from Jane Eyre as she writes and draws with frozen fingers. Visit Andrea at to book presentations and browse her books or to check out her artwork.