Andy Siegel eBooks
He grew up in Kings Point, Long Island—F. Scott Fitzgerald’s West Egg— and graduated from Great Neck North High School in 1981. The fact that such a famous novelist and he shared Scribner as their publisher is pure happenstance. Who names their kid “F” anyway?
Not the perfect student—a thorn in the side of his Harvard-educated father—he channeled most of his energy into sports. His athletic passion was lacrosse, and the skill he possessed was a simple one: he was really good at picking the ball up off the ground. Since ball possession determines the outcome of a game, he was the one, rather than the guy scoring all the goals, named Most Valuable Player.
He went south to Tulane University in New Orleans, where the Big Easy proved a life-changer for him: a new culture, soulful music, festivals, and, of course, lacrosse, Louisiana style. Dixie beer, red beans and rice, and jambalaya on the sideline. It was a high point of his life when they won the First Southwest Championship, beating the extra-large cowboys from Texas A&M.
For as long as he can remember he has been a storyteller. The kind he likes to spin are the type people often label as tall tales. But they’re not: his has always been based in fact. The key to an attention-grabbing story, in his opinion, is, first, to be a good listener. Only then is your audience left wanting more.
He met his wife, the former Randi Kramer, on a blind date. (If you can believe it, they were fixed up by her mother.) He told her on their second date—four years after their first date—that he knew he was going to marry her. They have three wonderful children—Blake, Cooper and Phoebe—and live in Bedford Hills, New York, with an unlikely trio of dogs and an upstairs cat.