Mary Kay Andrews-2010

 
Mary Kay Andrews
 

Mary Kay Andrews is a southern author of grace and humor.  She is also a construct of a former reporter with a difficult to pronounce last name.  Get her to tell you about it, it's hilarious.  I was first introduced to her work with "Hissy Fit" in which our flower of southern womanhood, Keeley Rae Murdock, pitches the biggest hissy fit in Georgia and then falls in it.  I read the book in one night and I laughed so much

that to this day my cat is afraid to come near me when I've got a book in my hand.  Her lastest book is "The Fixer Upper" from Harper.  The paperback is due out this June and will make an excellent beach read!  
 
 

Sara:
1. Do you have any snack foods that are essential to the writing process?

Mary Kay:

1. If I'm locked up--I'll sneak M&Ms--peanut or plain, doesn't matter.

 

 

Sara:

2. What is the most unusual fan interaction you have had?

Mary Kay:

2. My fans are unfailingly lovely. But I have a couple fans, women who call themselves my official stalkers who show up at every signing-and even rented the house next to my beach house when they knew I'd be there. They're not scary, actually fun gals.

 

Sara:

3. What is the most extreme thing you have done in the name of research?

Mary Kay:

3. I got myself booked into the county jail in Savannah for research for SAVANNAH BLUES.

 

Sara:

4. I know you love to go antiquing. Do you have a favorite type of object that you collect?


Mary Kay:

4. I love vintage 40s and 50s Christmas collectibles, especially Shiny-Brite ornaments and brush trees.

 

Sara:

5. Which of your characters would you most like to go out for drinks with?

Mary Kay:

5. I'd love to have drinks with Carter Birdsong, the father of Dempsey's love interest in THE FIXER-UPPER. He's actually modelled after a dear friend's lawyer daddy in Birmingham.

((I'll bet we're all wondering who that is!!!))

 

Sara:

6. Have you ever gotten a crush on one of your characters?

Mary Kay:

6. Harry Sorrentino, who is BeBe's crush in SAVANNAH BREEZE, was a major crush of mine--it's no accident that I named him Harry because in my mind he looks like Harrison Ford.

 

Sara:

7. Do you have a favorite season?

Mary Kay:

7. I love spring--the smell of new-mown grass, the start of baseball season, the feel of the sun on my face.

 

Sara:

8. Which is more difficult – starting or finishing a book?

Mary Kay:

8. Finishing a book is the hardest--hands down!

 

Sara:

9. What’s the funniest joke you know?

Mary Kay:

9. Lady calls the fire department.(Imagine she has a Hee-Haw type Southern accent) "Hay-ulp, hay-ulp, my house is on far!". Dispatcher: "Calm down ma'am. We'll be right over. Just tell us how to get to your house." Lady: "Uh, don't y'all still have that big red truck?"


 

 

 
Sara:

10. Do you have a favorite period in history and, if so, what is it?

 

Mary Kay:

10. Post WW II America. All my favorite movies are set in that period, SABRINA, ROMAN HOLIDAY, WHITE CHRISTMAS, HOUSEBOAT, ect.  

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