Hello! Welcome to Good Girl Gone Redneck - my home on the web. 

I'm Andrea Bates, and I'm thrilled you're here. 

First things first. If you need to reach me you can email me at: ACE1028@gmail.com. It's the fastest way to connect.

Now, more about me. I'm a licensed clinical social worker living in Durham, North Carolina. I'm an editor and a writer, and communicator extraordinaire (if I do say so myself!).

Photo by: It's Really Kita
I'm a mom of one, my daughter was born in 2007. I relocated to North Carolina from New York back in 2006 - which was an absolute game-changer for me. 

I grew up in Brooklyn, NY and lived with my parents and brother until I left for college in 1990. Not that I went that far away ... I graduated in 1994 from Hofstra University (in Hempstead, NY - which is on Long Island), where I received my Bachelors in Communication Arts - with a focus on print journalism and a dual minor of English and Psychology.

After obtaining my undergraduate degree I returned to Brooklyn ready to find a job. After a temporary part-time role at a daycare on Wall Street I found a spot working for a tax publishing company. I worked there for nine years. I switched jobs and departments several times over the almost-decade. I held supervisory positions and transitioned from print publications to working on their online database and systems. I maintained a role where I was responsible for web content for their newly (at the time) launched business website.

About 4-5 years in I decided that I wanted to make a change. I started taking classes at Fordham University's School of Social Services at Columbus Circle in NYC. I took four courses, as was permitted prior to enrolling in the program, to ensure that I was taking on something I really and truly wanted to do. I began working on my Masters of Social Work. I attended classes at night while working at my publishing job during the day. For a while there I was - as I often explain - working 21 hrs/week, attending school 2-3 nights/week AND doing a 21 hour internship each week - all over the course of a 5-day workweek. As you can guess, this grew tiring, and after nine years at my company I decided to go to school full-time.

I graduated in May of 2003 with my Masters of Social Work. After a few intense months of interviewing I found my first job as a therapist for children aged 4-18 in a clinical program for a non-profit organization in Brooklyn. I worked there for around three years, obtaining my Senior Social Worker title, running weekly groups for pre-teen girls, and supervising a graduate student. I also worked part-time for their intensive in-home program to help expand my clinical experience. Ultimately I resigned from this position and packed up to move from New York to NC (with six cats and a dog!). 

Over the years my writing has gone from focusing on motherhood and living in the south to covering a wonderful combination of life, love, relationships, mental health and my passion for reading.

Photo by: It's Really Kita
I've been a writer for as long as I can remember. I've been proud to share my words. I've been published on a number of websites and in several books.

You can find me on social media @goodgirlgonered:



And for a look at some of my finest content around the web have a look at my Contently portfolio.

If you'd like to see my professional resume, you can find all of that information, along with many references and recommendations on LinkedIn.

I hope you'll stop by and see me and that we can connect. It would be my pleasure to meet you and get to know you better!