10 things you didn't know about Andrea Studenc, author of 'Hair Brain Jane' books

features@islandpacket.comJuly 5, 2014 

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Children's book author and illustrator Andrea Studenc of Hilton Head Island will read her books, "Hair Brain Jane" and "Beach Brain Jane's 'Hairy' Adventures on Hilton Head Island," from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through the summer at Coligny Plaza on Hilton Head.

Studenc, a former first-grade teacher's assistant, was inspired to write her books after noticing how students' minds wandered in class. The books discuss the importance of staying focused in and out of the classroom.

"Hair Brain Jane" is about a bright red-headed girl named Jane whose mind always goes astray. Jane has no idea, though, that the things she's thinking about are actually popping out of her hair. In the second book, "Beach Brain Jane's 'Hairy' Adventures on Hilton Head Island," Jane's mom learns that Jane also has problems paying attention on the beach.

Andrea Studenc shares 10 things we didn't know about her:

1. I am petrified of the dark. I refuse to sleep in a totally darkened room, which, yes, means that I have night lights on all over the house.

2. I never intended to write and illustrate children's books. I woke up from a dream, still groggy, to "see" Hair Brain Jane, who is now my book character, standing next to the bed. That was the day that I brought her to life. I wrote my first book in a day and my second book in three days. My soon-to-be released Christmas book was written in the middle of the night.

3. I always try to be very caring, to go the extra mile to do good things for my family and friends. I make sure that I go without so others have what they need, especially if they are in a less fortunate situation.

4. On a long road trip, driving through the mountains, I am a nervous wreck whenever my husband passes big trucks. This, of course, makes him and our kids laugh. I'm still not certain why they find this so humorous. It is a known fact that those big trucks have toppled over.

5. I am a bit OCD when it comes to my home's neatness. Everything has to be in its place before going to bed. My husband used to deliberately put things out of place, just so he could watch me in the morning, pinpoint each and every thing, and then return them to their correct positions.

6. Scott and I got married on April 1, many years ago. He joked with me and said that he was not going to show up. I guess the saying "only fools fall in love" really has some truth to it.

7. I have been clairvoyant since I was a young child. I have vivid dreams that come true more often than not. I also can sense immediately whenever something is going to happen. The day my healthy father unexpectedly passed away seven years ago, I knew even 735 miles away that something had happened.

8. I have several true and best friends, but I have to say that one is more special than all of the others. She is a religious sister. I was her assistant teacher in a first-grade class, and we just clicked. Even though she no longer resides here, we keep in contact and have remained very close. This goes to prove that one does not have to have a glass of wine with every friend (communion does not count).

9. I would live in my kitchen if I were able to. Cooking, baking and creating cakes are favorite passions. I treat my creations like blank canvases. My kids, particularly my son, often volunteer my baking skills without asking me first.

10. I did not go to school for art. I actually have a degree in environmental science, which I do not use -- unless recycling counts. I have always loved to write, draw, paint and sculpt ever since I was little. In fact, I made a clay duck in first grade and my teacher loved it so much that she asked if she could keep it. I sure wish I would have kept it to share with my family, though.

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