Andre Montellus Carter was born in Long Island, New York and moved to Atlanta, Georgia when he was "too young to remember" and now claims the city that is "too busy to hate" as home. He has one older brother who lives in Los Angeles, California. Both young men were reared in a strict home where education and spirituality were core values. A 1980 graduate of Woodward Academy in College Park, Georgia, Andre later obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. Andre’s grandmother is a spiritual counselor and his mother taught French, Spanish, English in the Atlanta public school district and received her Masters degrees in all three.
Andre developed a passion for writing in a unique manner. At the age of five, his mother began asking him and his brother to tell her about their days during the drive home from school. There were far too many instances when the lulls in the conversation were just too unbearable for their mother. It was a life-changing moment in the author’s childhood when his mother said to him and his brother, “Since you two act like it’s too hard for you to say what’s on your mind around me, then maybe it’ll be easier for you to say it with pencil and paper.” The two brothers were then required to spend an hour in their rooms after school each weekday in order to prepare a one page hand-written journal that was to be read aloud to their mother at the kitchen table. Andre, literally, fell in love with the routine. His very first communication, outside of the journals that he read to his mother, was a four-page, front and back, love letter that he gave to his eighth grade girlfriend.
“Writing is my therapy.” Andre says. “It gives me a better understanding of who I am and my interpretation of my life experiences.” Andre has written and self-published five books since 2000. “Crazy for a Man,” a fictional novel centering on the strong influence his mother had in his development; “Code Dan,” a book about being trapped in the corporate world, which he was; “Who Wears the Pants”; “Fried Fish” and a new book that will be revealed in Season Two.
Andre and Towanda are currently legally separated but still living together. They’ve been married for seven years and dated for seven prior to that. They have two children together, Braxton, 5, and Brooke, 4. Andre met Towanda in his early 30s when she was promoting an album in a club in Atlanta. He says she was dancing on the floor then stood by him, rubbed his fingernails and asked, “Do you get manicures?” Andre responded, “Why, do you give ‘em?”
Andre admits his relationship with the Braxton family is a shaky bridge and he never knows which way it will sway.
When asked what word he’d use to describe himself, Andre answered: “Beautiful.” Then, he added: “… and confident.”