Andréa Fekete is founder & CEO of Guest Room Press. In addition to overseeing all Guest Room operations, she serves as manuscript consultant for adult commercial & literary fiction. She provides private writing instruction, private public speaking lessons & motivational coaching & promotional support for authors. She works with Vince Trimboli on cover design & maintains a relationship with authors post-release for the lifespan of the book.
Her literary novel of the historical coal mine wars, Waters Run Wild explores women's & immigrant life in the coal camps of West Virginia. It won rave reviews from The American Book Review, New Letters Magazine & other publications. It was released by a small traditional publisher in 2010 (Sweetgum Press). Unsatisfied with lack of global distribution, she procured her rights & single-handedly self-published a 2nd edition with a new cover & new chapters in 2018 under the name Guest Room Press. The novel is now available to over 40,000 retailers & libraries. It has been used as a course textbook in colleges, middle schools & high schools. She was invited to share her work at multiple universities, academic conferences, bookstores & historic sites such as the Craik-Patton House in West Virginia.
She has one poetry chapbook, I Held a Morning (2012). Her poetry & fiction appear in many journals & anthologies such as Chiron Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The Kentucky Review, The Montucky Review, The Smithville Journal, The Adirondack Review, ABZ, and in anthologies such as Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods: Fiction & Poetry from West Virginia (WVU Press) among others.
She & Lara Lillibridge co-curated Feminine Rising: Voices of Power & Invisibility (Cynred Press 2019) a collection of poetry & essays from 70 award-winning & emerging women writers in 12 nations & every corner of the US. This year, the book took the Silver in Foreword's Indie Book Award of the Year in Women's Studies. Oxford University Press would take the bronze. There were over 2,100 entries. She organized readings with contributors at universities in multiple states, bookstores & will soon appear at the famed literary venue KGB Bar in Manhattan. She designed promotional materials for the book & recently designed videos for the new Feminine Rising YouTube Channel.
An excerpt from Fekete's newest unpublished novel Native Trees was a finalist in Still: The Journal’s 2019 Fiction contest. In 2016, she was awarded a Fellowship from the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for the Arts to take residency at the internationally renowned Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She earned her MA in English from Marshall University & MFA in creative writing from West Virginia Wesleyan College. She taught college English & writing for almost 15 years at multiple universities in West Virginia, Kentucky & Ohio. She was student-nominated for teaching excellence awards.
Sweetgum Press, 2010
Photo Credit: Rafaél Barker Photography 2019
Waters Run Wild
Guest Room Press, 2018
Feminine Rising (Cynren Press, 2019)
edited by Fekete & Lillibridge
Wins the Silver for Indie Book of the Year in Women's Studies
Finishing Line Press, 2012
Waters Run Wild
(Guest Room Press, 2018)
"Waters Run Wild pays homage to great southern works such as Their Eyes Were Watching God. [...] Here’s one to rival the classics of Appalachian literature."
author of The Devil's Trill