andida Andriole was born in New York City and grew up in the suburbs of Westbury, Long Island. She attended and graduated from Westbury High School and then went on to seek a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York in Liberal Arts. After graduation she followed her passion and studied theater and dance; acting at the HB Studio and dance at Carnegie Hall and at the Chuck Kelly Dance Studio and then joined the musical revue "A Tribute to America" as a dancer and stayed with the show until it closed. Her interest in the world of arts and entertainment drew her to dabble in theater and film. She worked on productions at Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York during summers. She had the good fortune to work with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. on his last acting role in a theater production. She later worked as an assistant on the production crews of the films Wise Guys starring Danny Devito and The Pick Up Artist with Robert Downey, Jr. After a short lived career in arts and entertainment she decided to go back to school to study Entertainment Law at Nova University Law School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She spent her last semester of law school as an intern in the Monroe County Public Defender's Office in Key West where she worked after passing the Florida Bar exam, as an assistant public defender. Her life took a dramatic turn a year and a half later and she decided to stay in Key West and open her own practice as a criminal defense attorney. In 1996 she threw her hat into the political arena campaigning for the seat of Monroe County Public Defender. She did not win the election and the loss sent her right back to where she was most comfortable; to her passion for the arts. She is currently semi-retired, writing mystery novels, living in Key West with her cat Cleopaco.