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    Mary Kay Andrews

    Mary Kay Andrews
    Mary Kay Andrews is the pseudonym of former Atlanta Journal and Constitution reporter Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Since leaving the Journal-Constitution in 1991, she has found gainful employment by authoring 17 novels, including the Callahan Garrity mysteries written under her own name, and seven novels as Mary Kay Andrews, including The New York Times best-selling HISSY FIT, SAVANNAH BREEZE, BLUE CHRISTMAS and DEEP DISH, all published by HarperCollins. A native Floridian, she is a diplomate of the Maas Brothers Department Store School of Charm and The University of Georgia.
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    By Mary Kay Andrews:


      The Christmas Boxes

      by | 11, Add your Comment | Dec 22, 2009
      The Christmas Boxes

      My late mother-in-law Dorothy was a child of the Depression. She’d grown up in a Pennsylvania steel town, married young and never worked outside the home or even learned to drive. Dot was widowed young too, left to raise five children on her own — the oldest being my husband, who was 15 when his father died, and the youngest his seven-year-old baby sister.

      To say that she was a woman of tremendous spirit, and unstinting faith, is an understatement.

      The Lost Day

      by | 7, Add your Comment | Oct 14, 2009
      The Lost Day

      After being out of town for more or less two weeks, I had big plans for Monday. I was going to get back to writing. I managed to bang out fifty pages of the new book while I was holed up at Nags Head, N.C. the week before, so why couldn’t I just manage a page or two once I was home? Sunday night, I set up my laptop beside my bed. The plan was to replicate my Nags Head experience. Go to bed with the book in my head, wake up with the book in my head. Lean over, grab the laptop and start writing. Simple, yes? But there’s this saying; “Man plans, God laughs.”

      Tribute: Good folks will miss our neighbor, Bob Gross

      by | 10, Add your Comment | Apr 23, 2009
      Tribute: Good folks will miss our neighbor, Bob Gross

      I saw my neighbor Joanna on Monday at the Kroger. She was glancing down at a grocery list, mumbling to herself and weeping softly. So I knew Bob Gross had died. We spoke briefly, cried a little and exchanged hugs. She went off to look for sunflower seeds for the bereavement dish she was fixing for the family, and I came home to think and write about my neighbor Bob, who died Monday, April 20. He’d been suffering with cancer, and had been in hospice care for the past few weeks. He was 83 years old. As I write this, I am watching from my second floor office window while a tree crew hired by Georgia Power grimly grinds away with a chainsaw at a towering old sweetgum in my backyard neighbor’s yard. That sweet gum has been on life support for some time now too. Only the topmost limbs […]

      What to do? Write a book

      by | 5, Add your Comment | Apr 22, 2009
      What to do? Write a book

      I was a newspaper reporter for 14 years, the last ten of which I spent as a features writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Most of that time I loved my work and my co-workers. But then one day, newspapers changed, and I wasn’t consulted. When I left journalism 18 years ago to write fiction full-time, I had no idea how much more newspapers would change in the years to come, or that one day, print journalism would be considered as a dinosaur. Today, newspapers are under siege, from the effects of a crappy economy, the free ads offered on Craigslist, and sadly, a younger readership that doesn’t want to get news tossed in the driveway or out of a box on the sidewalk. I still love poring over my newspaper on the kitchen counter every morning, sipping my Diet Coke and catching up on the world. But fewer and fewer […]

      Replenishing the old coffers

      by | 5, Add your Comment | Apr 6, 2009
      Replenishing the old coffers

      Now that he’s left the oval office — and our nation with $1.3 trillion in debt — I just read that our former president, George W. Bush is going to hit the speaking circuit, to, as he puts it “replenish the old coffers,” and “make a ridiculous amount of money.” Dubya has signed up with an outfit called the Washington Speaker’s Bureau, and “unnamed sources” have said that he’ll be charging $150,000 a pop to step up to the podium. Oh yeah, and if there’s travel involved, those hiring the former prez will be expected to provide “first class airfare or private jet transportation for four.” Schnikeys! That’s a lot of replenishing, and yes, I’d have to say, a “ridiculous” amount of money for a speech — especially in what we’re euphemistically calling “these challenging economic times” — which means, monetarily speaking, things suck big time. And who do we […]

      Will speak … for cash

      by | 12, Add your Comment | Apr 2, 2009
      Will speak ... for cash

      Now that he’s left the oval office — and our nation with $1.3 trillion in debt — I just read that our former president, George W. Bush is going to hit the speaking circuit, to, as he puts it “replenish the old coffers,” and “make a ridiculous amount of money.” Dubya has signed up with an outfit called the Washington Speaker’s Bureau, and “unnamed sources” have said that he’ll be charging $150,000 a pop to step up to the podium. Oh yeah, and if there’s travel involved, those hiring the former prez will be expected to provide “first class airfare or private jet transportation for four.” Schnikeys! That’s a lot of replenishing, and yes, I’d have to say, a “ridiculous” amount of money for a speech — especially in what we’re euphemistically calling “these challenging economic times” — which means, monetarily speaking, things suck big time. And who do we […]

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