Wife. Mother. Attorney-turned-author. Andrea Clark Hagan juggles a full plate and maintains her sense of humor through it all.
Hagan, originally from Sparta, earned her undergraduate degree from Tennessee Tech University.
“Growing up, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. Neither of my parents had the opportunity to go to college, but it was just a given that I would. I loved reading and writing, but I was unsure what career that would translate into,” she said. “So, I chose accounting of all things.”
Hagan spent less than a year in the field of bank auditing before deciding to go to law school at the University of Memphis.
It was there that she met her husband, newly appointed Judge Ensley Hagan.
“Following graduation, I clerked with the Court of Appeals in Jackson. It was a huge honor and a wonderful learning experience. When Ensley and I got married, I joined The Hagan Law Firm here in Lebanon,” she said.
The couple will celebrate their 11th anniversary this year and are parents to Emeline, 5; Ensley, 4; and Natalie, 1.
“I laugh because now that Ensley is a judge, we might be the only judicial family in Tennessee with a minivan,” Hagan said.
She called motherhood “a love that is indescribable.”
“Piglet asks Winnie the Pooh, ‘How do you spell love?’ and Pooh responds with the wisest of answers, ‘You don’t spell it, you feel it.’ Not to say that there are days when I’d tell Pooh to go stick his head in a honey pot and question why any woman in her right mind would stay at home with the kids, or have three kids in five years, for that matter,” she said. “But it’s just so fun to see the world from my kids’ perspectives.”
Hagan’s mom, Rowena Clark, died of a brain aneurysm while Hagan was pregnant with her second child.
“After his birth, I became very sick with multiple health issues,” Hagan said.
She decided then that life was too short to do anything except follow her dream — writing.
She currently has two books published: a children’s book “The Blue Jay Blues” and an adult journal “A Big Helping of Southern with a Pinch of Poetry — A Sassy Southern Journal”. Two additional books are in the works to be released by the end of the year.
Hagan’s books can be found at Iddy & Oscar’s in Lebanon, The Basement Marketplace in Mt. Juliet and a small book shop in Apalachicola, Fla.
They can also be purchased online at AndreaHaganBooks.com.
In her limited spare time, Hagan enjoys baking, hiking and is a member of The Mom’s Club of Mt. Juliet. She also has a blog called Mommy Moments at Wilsonlivingmagazine.com.
The Hagan family worships at First United Methodist Church.
She named her mother as a woman she admires.
“She was such a genuinely nice person. She worked with kids as a teacher’s aide and coach and just had a kindness to her,” Hagan said if her late mom. “I don’t remember her ever gossiping or badmouthing anymore ... I am sad that my kids won’t know her, but the lesson I learned from her seemingly senseless death is to never take tomorrow for granted. All we ever have is this very moment.”