Mary Kay Andrews

New York Times Bestselling Author

Mary Kay Andrews is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including her recently-released Sunset Beach and the much-loved The High Tide Club, Beach Town, Savannah Blues, and Christmas Bliss, among many others.


Mary Kay Andrews 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.


Mary Kay Andrews 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,” Mary Kay Andrews 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. You can follow Mary Kay Andrews on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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St. Martin's Press

Summer begins with Mary Kay Andrews, in this delightful summer read about flipping houses, and finding true love. Hattie Kavanaugh went to work restoring homes for Kavanaugh & Son Restorations at eighteen, married the boss’s son at twenty, and became a widow at twenty-five.

St. Martin's Press

Conley Hawkins left her family’s small town newspaper, The Silver Bay Beacon, in the rearview mirror years ago. Now a star reporter for a big-city paper, Conley is exactly where she wants to be and is about to take a fancy new position in Washington, D.C. Or so she thinks.

St. Martin's Press

Drue Campbell’s life is adrift. Out of a job and down on her luck, life doesn’t seem to be getting any better when her estranged father, Brice Campbell, a flamboyant personal injury attorney, shows up at her mother’s funeral after a twenty-year absence.

St. Martin's Griffin

An instant New York Times bestseller from the author of The Weekenders - a delightful new novel about new love, old secrets, and the kind of friendship that transcends generations.

St. Martin's Griffin

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and Savannah was breezy. But there's trouble afoot - and it's heading toward Weezie.

St. Martin's Griffin

Take a splash of betrayal, add a few drops of outrage, give a good shake to proper behavior and take a big sip of a cocktail called…Ladies' Night!

St. Martin's Press

The Beach House Cookbook is the perfect gift for creative chefs looking to expand their summer cuisine.

St. Martin's Griffin

Tote bag, suitcase, backpack or duffle, it’s time to pack for a summer of intrigue…

Macmillan Audio

From New York Times bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews comes a spirited audiobook about starting over and taking control of your life.

St. Martin's Griffin

First husbands, second chances… When you think the past is over and done and when you believe you've moved on in life, there's no harm in catching a little spring fever. . . is there?

St. Martin's Paperbacks

Mary Kay Andrews's New York Times bestseller, Summer Rental, is a warm and humorous novel of four women, a month at the beach, and the healing power of friendship and second chances.

The Fine Art of Reinvention: One Woman’s Journey
The Art and Craft of Writing
How to Combine Humor, Mystery, and Sass in Fiction

Associated Press includes Hello, Summer in a news story about beach reads and coronavirus.

Hello, Summer named as one of the “Best 25 Books to Read This Spring” by POPSUGAR.

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. Stay up-to-date with Mary Kay on her website.

"I just wanted to tell you how much our Woman's Club in Midlothian enjoyed ["Mary Kay's"] talk! I have heard from so many of our members saying [she] hit it out of the park. What a great program!"
- Lee Atkinson, member, Salisbury Woman's Club

"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 prima 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

Mary Kay Andrews delivered an entertaining, enlightening and inspiring message to a packed room of guests at The Dillard House’s Centennial event recently. Her readers eagerly awaited the opportunity to get their Beach House Cookbooks signed and to meet the author. They loved hearing her remarks and being able to ask questions afterwards. Mary Kay was warm, personal and authentic as she shared her personal story and how she creates the beloved stories in her 24 best selling books so many fans have come to treasure. We would certainly engage her again at a future event!
- Buzz Marketing Services