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Author event and giveaway: Mary Alice Monroe

August 7, 2014

Mary Alice Monroe

I was lucky enough to see the ever delightful Mary Alice Monroe during her tour for her latest book, The Summer Wind, the second book in her Lowcountry Summer trilogy.

Mary Alice has been writing for a while but really found her niche when she started writing “green fiction.”  As a turtle lady, Mary Alice is passionate about the environment and wanted to make readers aware of issues without preaching to them.  She has written about turtles, sweetgrass, butterflies and, with her current trilogy, dolphins.  She said her research always surprises her because she can’t make up stories better than the ones she encounters.

In her research on dolphins, Mary Alice learned:

  • Dolphins excel in communication.  Calves are given signature whistles at birth.
  • Dolphins have strong communities and family bonds.  “Aunties” help raise babies.
  • Dolphins taught her to enjoy the moment and remember to laugh.

In her research for The Summer Wind, Mary Alice worked with Wounded Warriors.  As she was writing the book she struggled with one of the characters.  The character wasn’t easy to write because she’s not likable.  Once Mary Alice figured the character out, she found she was fun to write.

The third book in the trilogy, The Summer’s End, will be out in 2015.

Lowcountry Summer trilogy

I got Mary Alice to autograph copies of the first two books in the Lowcountry Summer trilogy for one lucky reader.  To enter to win autographed copies of THE SUMMER GIRLS and THE SUMMER WIND, 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 Sunday, August 17, 2014.    Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.

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25 Comments leave one →
  1. August 7, 2014 5:51 am

    Hi Kathy, I really liked the sound of this book and you’re indeed lucky to see the author in her book tour! Environmental issues are something that’s close to my heart.

  2. August 7, 2014 6:29 am

    I think my first green fiction may have been Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior, unless we count Solar by Ian McEwan! I love the covers of these summertime books!

  3. August 7, 2014 7:30 am

    I think it sounds like a wonderful series. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  4. August 7, 2014 7:35 am

    I love fiction that includes dolphins. (One of my favorite scifi books involves having sex with a dolphin, but that’s probably TMI.)

  5. August 7, 2014 7:50 am

    Great giveaway. Thanks!

  6. August 7, 2014 9:04 am

    I enjoyed both of these books.

  7. August 7, 2014 9:36 am

    I really luv Mary Alice Monroe’s books. So much of her books are about nature and love. I remember talking with her in a book group. She gave all of herself to answer questions and describe her novel. I think of turtles. I think of Mary Alice Monroe. I think of sweetgrass baskets and family and the low country. Thanks for entering me. If I don’t win, I won’t fall apart.:)

  8. August 7, 2014 9:37 am

    I really luv Mary Alice Monroe’s books. So much of her books are about nature and love. I remember talking with her in a book group. She gave all of herself to answer questions and describe her novel. I think of turtles. I think of Mary Alice Monroe. I think of sweetgrass baskets and family and the low country. I think of Mary Alice Monroe. Thanks for entering me. If I don’t win, I won’t fall apart.:)

  9. August 7, 2014 10:57 am

    I love the idea of green fiction, and I think it is time that I check this author out. Her books sound so refreshing and interesting. Thanks!

  10. August 7, 2014 12:15 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity, Kathy…I love this author’s work!

  11. August 7, 2014 12:45 pm

    I was just noticing I have one of her books in my TBR collections I have yet to read. I’ve heard wonderful things about this author’s short stories. I really want to try her work one day.

  12. August 7, 2014 12:53 pm

    I don’t I’ve ever heard of green fiction before. Thanks for sharing such interesting facts with us. Now I want to check out Monroe’s books.

  13. August 7, 2014 1:22 pm

    Thank you for sharing.

  14. August 7, 2014 3:08 pm

    Thanks so much for the giveaway, I have both of these books on my wish list!

  15. August 7, 2014 3:09 pm

    I haven’t read her books before, but I love the sound of “green fiction.”

  16. August 7, 2014 4:27 pm

    Thank you for hosting this wonderful giveaway, Kathy! I will add it to my blog’s sidebar a bit later. I also like the sound of “green fiction”. 🙂

  17. Beth F permalink
    August 8, 2014 5:52 am

    What a great giveaway! Thanks.

  18. Patty permalink
    August 8, 2014 2:46 pm

    OMG…I love her books…when I live in
    Asheville I will go to these, too!

  19. Jennifer permalink
    August 8, 2014 5:20 pm

    I heard about these books and was definitely intrigued. I love writers that can bring a little bit of nature into their writing! I read about these books and love the idea of them and would love to dig in!

  20. August 8, 2014 5:47 pm

    I imagine it would hard to spend day after day writing a character that’s not likeable!

  21. August 8, 2014 7:11 pm

    Fun author event! Thanks for telling us about it. I read another book about turtles and it got me very interested in green fiction like this. In fact, I have The Summer Girls and should get to reading I guess!

  22. August 9, 2014 2:13 am

    These sound great. I’m sure I would enjoy the environmental aspects of the stories. And who doesn’t like dolphins.

  23. bookingmama permalink
    August 13, 2014 10:42 pm

    I can’t believe I’ve never read one of her books!

  24. Karen B permalink
    August 15, 2014 8:35 am

    Oops – I think I entered twice. Sorry. 😦

  25. August 17, 2014 2:32 pm

    Love this author!

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