Mary Kay Andrews
New York Times Bestselling Author


Mary Kay Andrews is the author of the New York Times bestselling Summer Rental, The Fixer Upper, Savannah Breeze, and Blue Christmas, as well as Beach TownSave the DateChristmas Bliss, and Savannah Blues.

 

She also wrote ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Her mysteries have been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Awards.

 

A native of St. Petersburg, Florida (and a diplomate of the Maas Bros. Department Store School of Charm), Trocheck earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Georgia in 1976 (Go Dawgs!). She started her professional journalism career in Savannah, Georgia, where she covered the real-life murder trials which were the basis of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. She left journalism after a ten-year stint as a reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

 

She is a frequent lecturer and writing teacher at workshops including Emory University, The University of Georgia’s Harriet Austin Writer’s Workshop, the Tennessee Mountain Writer’s Workshop, and the Antioch Writer’s Workshop.

 

As a lifelong “junker” the author claims to know the location of every promising thrift store, flea market and junkpile in the southeastern United States, plus many parts of Ohio.

 

Married to her high school sweetheart, she is the mother of two grown children and a proud grandmother. After a brief hiatus in Raleigh, NC, she and her husband moved back to their old neighborhood in Atlanta, where they live in a restored 1926 Craftsman bungalow. She divides her time between Atlanta and her restored beach cottage on Tybee Island, GA.

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St. Martin’s Press

When Riley Griggs is waiting for her husband to arrive at the ferry one Friday afternoon, she is instead served with papers informing her that her island home is being foreclosed. She turns to her island friends for help and support, but each of them has their own secrets and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens. Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything.

Paperback
St. Martin’s Press

Between an ambitious director and his entourage-including a spoiled "It Boy" lead actor-who parachute into town, a conniving local ex-socialite, and a cast of local fangirls and opportunists who catch the movie bug, nothing is going to be the same in Cypress Key. Now Greer is forced to make some hard choices: about the people and the town she's come to care about, and about her own life. True love is only for the movies, right? Can Greer find a way to be the heroine in her own life story? Told with inimitable heart and humor, Mary Kay Andrews' Beach Town is the perfect summer destination.

Paperback
St. Martin’s Press

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and Savannah was breezy but there's trouble afoot - and it's heading toward Weezie. Seems BeBe's been holding a big secret back that would make Santa's reindeer stop dead in their tracks. Can these two best friends wriggle out of these twists? Will they do it in time to ensure CHRISTMAS BLISS?

Paperback
St. Martin’s Griffin

Grace Stanton's life as a rising media star and beloved lifestyle blogger takes a surprising turn when she catches her husband cheating and torpedoes his pricey sports car straight into the family swimming pool. Moving in with her widowed mother, who owns and lives above a rundown beach bar called The Sandbox, is less than ideal. So is attending court-mandated weekly "divorce recovery" therapy sessions with three other women and one man for whom betrayal seems to be the only commonality. When their "divorce coach" starts to act suspiciously, they decide to start having their own Wednesday "Ladies' Night" sessions at The Sandbox, and the unanticipated bonds that develop lead the members of the group to try and find closure in ways they never imagined. Can Grace figure out a new way home and discover how strong she needs to be to get there?

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Mary Kay on how to make a cozy home, beach cottages, and more for Atlanta Magazine.

Mary Kay sits down with bookreporter to discuss her new book, Beach Town.

Mary Kay Andrews reflects on Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman in a radio interview with Atlanta’s 90.1 WABE. 

Mary Kay visits a Houston book signing and gives advice to aspiring authors.

The Huffington Post‘s compilation of Mary Kay Andrews book reviews. 

"We had a blockbuster event with Mary Kay Andrews...[and a] house full of adoring fans. Her comments were witty and often wise and poignant. [We] sold out of books, of course, immediately. She was gracious and so not a primma dona.   It's such a relief when celebrities are human and down to earth."
- Syd Blackmarr, Tifton-Tift County Public Library

"The attendees loved "Mary Kay"! Thanks for all your help in making this conference a success!
- Southern States Correctional Association

"Kathy was a delightful speaker and guest. She made everyone she talked to feel comfortable and appreciated. We had around 400 people and she had the room laughing."
- Sue Flanders, Pensacola Symphony Guild

"Kathy is a fun speaker, and I believe everyone enjoyed her presentations, both Friday and Saturday. She is very down-to- earth about her career and the genre where she has found her niche."
- Heritage Library Foundation