Author event and giveaway: Mary Kay Andrews
Mary Kay Andrews was the guest at a recent Book Your Lunch hosted by Fiction Addiction. The humor that readers are accustomed to in her books is part of her personality so I was not surprised to learn that she was the class clown and was voted “Most Humorous” in junior high – she says she can’t “play it straight” for very long.
Mary Kay has been married to her “starter husband” for 37 years so she’s rather surprised to find that she’s got the #1 and #2 spot on Amazon’s list of “Divorce Fiction.” Her latest book, Ladies Night holds the top spot while her last book, Spring Fever, comes in second. Ladies Night is about so much more than divorce, though – according to Mary Kay, it’s about finding yourself, reinventing yourself, and women’s friendships.
Most people know that Mary Kay started her career writing for the Atlanta newspaper. She started writing mysteries under her real name Kathy Hogan Trocheck. When she turned to women’s fiction, she used a pen name and her career took off. Savannah Blues, her first book as Mary Kay Andrews, outsold all of the Kathy Hogan Trocheck books combined. I happen to love the mysteries she wrote and am glad to see they are being re-released under her pen name.
All of Mary Kay’s characters start in a bad place because there has to be some conflict in commercial fiction. Mary Kay gets her ideas from all kinds of places. The idea for Spring Fever came to her in a dream and the idea for Ladies Night came to her after she read the book 101 Uses For My Ex-Wife’s Wedding Dress, by Kevin Cotter. That book made her think about revenge and things took off from there.
Fans will be happy to know that Mary Kay’s 4th Christmas book, Christmas Bliss, will be released in October.
I got Mary Kay to autograph a copy of Ladies Night for one lucky reader. To enter to win an autographed copy of LADIES NIGHT, by Mary Kay Andrews, simply fill out the entry form. Contest is open worldwide – one entry per person, please. I will use random.org to determine the winner. Contest ends at midnight EDT Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.