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Author event and giveaway: Mary Kay Andrews

June 18, 2013

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.

Ladies NightI 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 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.

25 Comments leave one →
  1. sandynawrot permalink
    June 18, 2013 6:19 am

    I totally enjoyed meeting her at SIBA last year…she is a total HOOT! I have yet to read any of her books, but based on the descriptions and her personality I know I would be entertained. Like the perfect beach read.

  2. June 18, 2013 6:39 am

    She was actually at our local library recently but I didn’t go since it was past my bedtime (i.e., she was there at 7 p.m. ….) I probably should have!

  3. June 18, 2013 8:45 am

    I didn’t know that she wrote mysteries! This sounds like a fun book,

  4. June 18, 2013 9:35 am

    You have the best events. I didn’t know that Andrews was a pen name or that she wrote for a newspaper.

  5. Patty permalink
    June 18, 2013 11:05 am

    What fun!

  6. June 18, 2013 11:30 am

    Thanks for hosting this, Kathy! I will share this giveaway in my blog’s list of book giveaways. 🙂

  7. June 18, 2013 12:16 pm

    My mother loves her, so I entered your giveaway for my mom. I just love these lunches you have…so lucky you are

  8. June 18, 2013 12:28 pm

    I love her women’s fiction novels – so much fun. Yay for a new Christmas book 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway chance.

  9. June 18, 2013 2:40 pm

    I love the term “starter husband.” I’m still on my starter husband as well, and am definitely not in the market for an “upgrade!”

  10. June 18, 2013 2:56 pm

    I’m still on my starter husband, so it’s so nice to read fiction. I didn’t know she wrote mysteries either, I’ll have to check that out.

  11. talesofwhimsy permalink
    June 18, 2013 3:48 pm

    How funny. I would never have guessed.

  12. June 18, 2013 4:37 pm

    Nice giveaway. Ladies Night sounds good!

  13. June 18, 2013 5:59 pm

    I adore her books! Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. June 18, 2013 8:56 pm

    Christmas Bliss sounds really cute. I’ll keep that in mind over the holidays!

  15. June 18, 2013 9:32 pm

    I have been reading her books since Savannah Blues and just this year learned about her “other” books. I got a couple of them on audio and look forward to listening. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. June 19, 2013 9:24 am

    I love how she gets her ideas from all sorts of places. I didn’t know her name was a pseudonym!

  17. bookingmama permalink
    June 19, 2013 4:45 pm

    I finished this one a few weeks ago and thought it was a lot of fun!

  18. June 20, 2013 12:08 am

    Looking at all the comments here, I am definitely participating (and did!) and hope Lady Luck is with me…

  19. June 20, 2013 6:50 am

    Love her and her books. I had her sign my collection when I met her at RWAs a few years ago. I’d love to add this one to my collection 🙂

  20. June 20, 2013 11:46 am

    She sounds like a funny lady. I haven’t read any of her books, but it looks like I should check them out. Thanks for the great review and giveaway!

  21. June 20, 2013 9:15 pm

    I’ve been wanting to read another one of her books since I enjoyed Deep Dish several years ago. She sounds like a great author to meet/hear in person.

  22. June 21, 2013 9:40 pm

    I have one of her books to try. Someday. Tonight when I picked up Gage from play group after an update I asked if that meant that Gage was going to be the class clown when he grows up. She looked at me and said, “What do you mean? He already is!” Good to know what my future holds 🙂 Maybe he’s turn into a bestselling author.

  23. June 22, 2013 3:13 pm

    She’s a fun writer!! I do enjoy her books!!

  24. June 26, 2013 11:18 am

    You are so lucky to meet so many great authors. I really enjoy her books! I’ve got to get to her newest one soon!

  25. June 30, 2013 6:39 pm

    I have a friend who has been bragging on Mary Kay Andrews’ books. Would love to read one!

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