Books of My Life by MARY KAY ANDREWS

MKAphotoAs many of you may know, I was once upon a time an aspiring romance novelist. I joined the Georgia chapter of RWA (Romance Writers of America) and attended their monthly meetings. The first person I met was Patti Callahan Henry, who became a friend. She in turn introduced me to her friend Kathy, who at the time was making the jump from mystery writer to woman’s fiction, writing under the pen name, Mary Kay Andrews. I was immediately intimidated. She was a journalist for the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the author of ten novels – many of them nominated for national awards. I had cocktails with her at one conference and found myself enthralled with her newspaper stories and some industry gossip she shared. Then I moved to Maryland…I think it would have been fun to spend more time with her. She is delightful!

I have read all fourteen of Mary Kay Andrews’ novels and loved them all. Her latest, The Weekenders, Weekenders_cover (3)is set on an island off the coast of North Carolina and full of family drama, romance, and of course a mystery with crime-solving antics. The book will be released tomorrow and you can read my review over at Chick Lit Plus. But today, Ms. Andrews is here to share the books of her life.

What was your favorite book as a child?

Hmm. Toss-up between SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON and LITTLE WOMEN.

What was your favorite book that you read for school?

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

What’s a book that really cemented you as a writer?

Toss-up between A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES, by John Kennedy Toole and Pat Conroy’s LORDS OF DISCIPLINE.

Is there a book that you’ve read over and over again?

GONE WITH THE WIND

What’s a classic you’re embarrassed to say you’ve never read?

Anything by William Faulkner

What’s a book you’ve pretended to read?

WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Bronte

Is there a book that you didn’t understand what all the hype was for?

MOBY DICK

What’s a recent book you wish you’d written?

WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE, by Maria Semple

What’s a favorite movie adaptation of a book you loved? Worst adaptation of a book you loved?

REBECCA was best, I could only stand five minutes of the movie adaptation of COLD MOUNTAIN.

The books you read to your children:

HARRY THE DIRTY DOG by Gene Zion, MADELINE, THE BOXCAR CHILDREN

What was an illicit book you had to read in secret as a child?

There wasn’t one. My parents didn’t censor our books.

What’s a book people might be surprised to learn that you loved?

THE LAST BOY: MICKEY MANTLE AND THE END OF AMERICA’S CHILDHOOD by Jane Leavy.

Who is your favorite character?

Toss-up between Eloise and Louise Penny’s Inspector Armand Gamache

If there were only one genre that you could read for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Mystery

Is there a book you’ve given multiple times as a gift?

STILL LIFE WITH BREAD CRUMBS by Anna Quindlen

What was the last book that made you laugh out loud, and what was the last one that made you cry?

THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah made me cry, ENCHANTED AUGUST by Brenda Bowen made me laugh.

What are you reading now?

NIGHT NIGHT: SLEEP TIGHT by Hallie Ephron, THE CROSSING, by Michael Connelly

Books or eReader?

Books, unless I’m on the road.

Do you keep your books or pass them on?

Both

Do you have a favorite place to read?

The sunroom in my house.

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Do you have a favorite bookstore?

Several, but QUAIL RIDGE BOOKS in Raleigh is a stand-out.

It is so funny – I think Moby Dick is the most mentioned book in these interviews (you either love it or hate it or have NEVER read it). I forgot about Cold Mountain – I walked out of the movie! I’ve never read Faulkner, loved Where’d You go Bernadette (I think it’s going to be a movie?!), and The Nightingale broke my heart. Sobbed. Although I adored Gone With the Wind – it is soooo long, I cannot imagine reading it again and again. I’m impressed! Thank you so much for participating.

You can follow Mary Kay Andrews at the following places:

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If you’re interesedt in participating in The Books of My Life, please email me!

 

 

10 thoughts on “Books of My Life by MARY KAY ANDREWS”

  1. Great interview. I liked Where’d You Go Bernadette as well, a fun read. And we have been reading a lot of Harry the Dirty Dog in our household right now! Though it definitely depicts the time period it was written as the mom in the pictures always has an apron on and/or is holding a broom :) I have The Nightingale on my list, have only heard wonderful things.

    Allie, per your preview Books of My Life, I just finished Come Away with Me. TEARS! Thanks for the recommendation.

    1. I love when people read and enjoy my book suggestions. Thank you for letting me know. Sorry about the tears, though. Oh, her new book sounds really sad – and after having barely recovered from Come Away With Me, I’m really not sure I’m brave enough to read it.

  2. Seriously, love the you met and know Mary Kay and absolutely cannot agree more about Gone with the Wind. And I also just loved The Nightingale as even days after reading still couldn’t stop thinking about this book leaving me with all sorts of emotions. Thanks for the great interview here today, Allie!! 😉

  3. I have never read Moby Dick!! Ok, so Rebecca. I loved the book but couldn’t stand the movie. Now I think I need to give it a shot. I was in high school at the time so I might think differently now. Also, Mary Kay Andrews!! Love.

  4. Every time I read one of these posts, I realize how many classics I have never read. Ten years ago I may have felt guilty, but now it doesn’t bother me. No Moby Dick, Faulkner, Rebecca (I know – even my daughter read it!), or Gone with the Wind. One of these days I’ll throw a few in the mix, but for now there are too many others to read!

  5. Ok how sad is it that I’m not sure whether I’ve read he Nightingale but am guessing I haven’t based on the reactions, and will get it NOW. (pausing to download as I’ll forget if I don’t). Other Kristen Hannah books, I’ve loved. Great interview as always Allie!!!

  6. Again, I’m always learning every time I come here to read these fabulous interviews! I honestly don’t know many of the books she mentioned- isn’t that terrible?

    14- no 15 novels published? What an accomplished author you are, Mary Kay! Wow. I’m so inspired by women like you.

    I think my next “TO READ” book coming from your interviews is Gone With The Wind.

    Thanks Allie!

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