Thursday, June 2, 2016

Author Talk with Mary Kay Andrews

Photo from the Greensboro Public Library

I had the distinct pleasure of attending an author talk with Mary Kay Andrews, who is an awesome writer of beach books (her term), even though I 'met' her (started reading her books) when she was a writer of mysteries under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trochek.

While I have read all the mysteries, I am a relative newcomer to her delightful 'girl' books. You can find them here on Amazon--this is not an affiliate link, as I don't get any props for telling people where to get stuff, but I should.

Mary Kay is just as delightful in person as her characters are in her books! We learned about her latest book, The Weekenders, and about her writing process. I learned that she had visited the antique mall where I have a booth, as well! (Mary Kay is a junker and offers tips here. Her booth space is on Tybee Island at Seaside Sisters.) She asked all the teachers in the audience to raise their hands and gave us special props, which was amazing. The audience was lovely and wearing their fun summer clothes and buying copies of her books, like all good readers do. 

One of the things I was interested in hearing was how she was able to transition from a full-time job to writing best-selling novels. 

I made a list.

I'm giving myself one year. Fifty-two weeks. Three hundred, sixty-five days. If she can complete a book in one year while working a full-time and raising two kids and taking care of life stuff, then I can with two cats, a husband who can take care of himself, and a 10.5 month job.

The trick is to write in a genre I don't read. The problem is I read everything. So maybe upmarket fiction with a sci-fi bent?
Chime in, won't you?


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

a friend of mine just loves her books- she sounds like an amazing woman! and it sounds like you were inspired! :)

Andrea said...

Yes! Start now, while you still feel that inspiration!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

How about write a book about what you know....great antiques, repurposing and DPS!!

BSW said...

I had the pleasure of attending her talk in WS earlier the same day! I definitely think you should use her example as a catalyst to start your own journey of writing a book. Good luck!

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