Andrew Jetarski is the pen name of an author in Southern California who tries to stay out of trouble writing crime fiction. He also works as a motion picture editor in the entertainment industry.
An Indiana upbringing, on the banks of the Wabash in Tippecanoe County, was followed by travels that led him to peek behind the Iron Curtain in Poland and Czechoslovakia, learn to ski in the Alps, and to work various jobs, from farm laborer in England to spare parts clerk for a computer company in pre-Apple Cupertino, California.
After completing a degree in telecommunications at Indiana University, he spent three years as a television news cameraman in Washington, D.C. before making his way into the editing room. He relocated to Los Angeles in 1990, where earlier experience on documentary projects led to work in the developing genre of “reality” television. He has contributed to the look and reputation of a range of shows, from the teen-angst docu-drama The Real World, to the richploitation of Real Housewives of Orange County, and the bullet-ridden Top Shot.
Having first explored the landscape of Southern California through the works of Hammett, Chandler and Macdonald, he has continued his literary education reading stories by every contemporary Southern California crime writer he can manage to keep up with. He finally decided to take a crack at the genre himself and signed up for writing courses through UCLA Extension. Jetarski likes to ground his own work in the historical period of the Los Angeles of the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s. Fellow writers and his loving wife have encouraged his literary endeavors. His first published short story, “Dance Man,” appeared in the Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles chapter’s 2013 anthology Last Exit to Murder.
As a writer of fiction he uses an altered spelling of his grandfather’s birth name.