Gearing up for the coming season on May 4, New York Times bestselling author, Mary Kay Andrews, will release her latest 437-page summer read “The Newcomer.”
Andrews is touring from April 30 to May 8 to engage with fans and friends about her latest novel.
The first in-person event will take place on May 3, on the back patio of the DeSoto Hotel hosted by E. Shaver Booksellers. Andrews will be joined by her dear friend, bestselling author Patti Callahan, author of “Surviving Savannah” which was released March 9.
Andrews said this will be her first big in-person book signing in over a year.
“I’m really looking forward to old friends and readers in person,” Andrews said.
Andrews will travel to a few different locations along the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina to hold conversations with other authors and book lovers. On May 8, the tour will conclude with a Sip-n-Shop Book Signing at Seaside Sisters on Tybee Island.
Andrews said “The Newcomer” is a page-turner.
The protagonist of Andrews’ novel is a woman who has fled from New York City to a new town in Florida. Andrews said Letty is the newcomer.
“The book opens with her pulling into the parking lot of an old mom and pop hotel right at sunup, on a Florida gulf coast in a real town called Treasure Island, Florida,” Andrews said. “She is exhausted and she is terrified. She is on the run from a man that she believes killed her sister, and she has her 4-year-old niece in the backseat of the car.”
Andrews said that people refer to the types of books she writes as summer reads, but she doesn’t really concern herself with genre.
“I just write stories that I think my readers want and I feel like writing,” she said. “So, there’s some mystery, there’s some romance, there’s some thriller aspects, but it’s really, honestly, just a good summer, page-turning beach book.”
A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of 27 novels and a cookbook.
After earning her Bachelor of Art in journalism from the University of Georgia, Andrews worked a 14-year-long career as a reporter at newspapers, including The Savannah Morning News, The Marietta Journal, and finally, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she spent a decade before leaving journalism in 1991 to write fiction.
She first became a New York Times bestselling author in the year 2006, for her book “Hissy Fit,” and has since had 12 more bestsellers between New York Times, USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly.
“I don’t have the luxury of writer’s block,” Andrews said.
Andrews has published a book every year for the last 30 years. She said being a reporter for 14 years gave her discipline.
You’re always on deadline so you don’t have the luxury of waiting for inspiration to strike because there’s always an editor saying ‘I needed this 10 minutes ago,’ Andrews said. “It also teaches you story structure. It teaches you to listen closely and when you listen that closely it gives you an ear for dialogue and it gives you insight into human nature.”
According to Andrews, her Summer 2022 novel is already in the works, and will be set in Savannah.
“What I get to do, I dreamed of when I was a little kid,” Andrews said. “I’m living my dream and I don’t know how many people get to say that, but it’s hard work.”
Visit marykayandrews.com/events-appearances for details on the tour for “The Newcomer.”