Mary Kay Andrews

New York Times Best-selling Author

“The queen of the beach reads.”

Writer’s Digest

Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of 30 novels (including The Home Wreckers, The Santa Suit; The Newcomer; Hello, SummerSunset Beach; The High Tide Club; The WeekendersBeach Town; Save the Date; Ladies’ Night; Christmas Bliss; Spring FeverSummer Rental; The Fixer Upper; Deep Dish; Blue Christmas; Savannah Breeze; Hissy Fit; Little Bitty Lies; and Savannah Blues), and one cookbook, The Beach House Cookbook. A former reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she writes funny, heart-felt novels about women who’ve been knocked down and kicked around – but never defeated. She also published 10 critically-acclaimed mysteries under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck, before launching her debut as a women’s fiction novelist. Andrews’s novels are often informed by her own love of junking, fixing up derelict beach houses, cooking, entertaining and dealing with family dramas and traumas. Married to her high school sweetheart and the mother of two grown children, she divides her time between homes in Atlanta and Tybee Island, Georgia. She blogs, tweets, Facebooks….and in between is always at work on her next novel. And the one after that.

A sought-after speaker known for her sparkling wit and a lecturer in demand for her pragmatic and inspiring approach to writing and publishing commercial fiction, Andrews’s recent speaking and teaching engagements have included The Southern Lady Celebration, (Atlanta), Palm Beach Public Library, Tifton (GA) Public Library, Allentown, PA. Public Library, Georgia Literary Festival, Kappa Kappa Gamma Literacy is Key benefit luncheon (Memphis, TN), Fort Meyers, FL. Festival of Reading, and Worthington, Ohio Public Library, The St. Joseph’s-Candler Foundation Smart Women benefit luncheon, (Savannah), The Jacksonville (FL) Book Festival, The Champaign, IL Library, The Antioch Writer’s Workshop, Romance Writers of America National conference, The North Carolina Literary Festival, the Charleston (S.C.) Courier spring book and author event, The Public Library Association National Winter conference, the Texas Library Association, Junior League of Raleigh, N.C., and the Margaret Mitchell House (Atlanta).

A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, she is a graduate of the University of Georgia, and the Maas Brothers Department Store School of Charm.

Praise for Spring Fever

“Another charmer… Andrews deftly combines a winsome love story and compelling family drama… the idyllic small-town setting and surprising twists and turns are tailor-made for laid-back summer pleasure reading.”



“Andrews serves up a tale about love, duplicity and second chances… as tangy, delicious and sweet as an ice-cold bottle of Quixie soda.”

Kirkus Reviews


“An enjoyable escape.”

–Publishers Weekly


“This one’s a keeper. You’ll want to re-read it at least once during the summer.”

–Yahoo Shine!

Praise for Summer Rental

“Andrews… is at her warm and funny best… [she] simply excels at creating the kind of characters readers can relate to, and she has a fabulous sense of humor to boot.”

—Library Journal (starred review)


“Andrews spins a beach blanket sizzler… This warm weather treat has a lot going for it.”

—Publishers Weekly


“[A] tailor-made beach read…another charmer”



“…unraveling secrets makes for fascinating reading. This is a perfect beach book: the tale of a sandy, flea-bitten summer house and one month in August in which honesty triumphs over silence, and love over lies. Ellis falls in love, and Dorie meets a new guy, and Julie makes a big decision, and Maryn breaks free… and the readers of Summer Rental will stay glued to their sandy beach chairs waiting to see what happens next.”


— Barnes & Noble Review

“…this is prime beach-read material”

— Daily Record (Gannett Newspapers)


Summer Rental is like a great day at the beach. You don’t want it to end. Enjoy a vacation any time of the year with the ever-delightful Mary Kay Andrews.”


Susan Elizabeth Phillips, author of Call Me Irresistable


Praise for Deep Dish

Deep Dish is one delicious read. Mary Kay Andrews has cooked up a tale y’all will savor to the last bite. ”

— Paula Deen

“A juicy tale.”

—    News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)

Dish serves up tasty Southern adventure…sassy…fun…[Andrews is] the queen of sass, and revenge is her favorite ingredient.”

—    Daytona Beach News-Journal

“It moves fast. Andrews’s readership will eat this one up.”

Publishers Weekly

“Humor abounds as the two rivals lock horns in their quest for the brass ring. Colorful secondary characters add to the hilarity… Big helping of fun.”

Library Journal

Praise for Blue Christmas

“Sometimes it takes a blue Christmas to bring out true holiday cheer.”

Southern Living (Read of the Month)

“Mary Kay Andrews, the author of so-much-fun-to-read-it-must-be-criminal bestsellers, Savannah Breeze and Hissy Fit, dishes up another Southern charmer with Blue Christmas… There is something downright addictive in her punchy prose and sparkling storylines. Here, she delivers holiday cheer that will leave you anything but blue.”


“A perfect addition to the author’s Savannah series, and it will certainly have readers eager for more of Andrews’ wonderful prose.”

Romantic Times

“A cute story with a lot of Southern charm.”

Miami Herald

“A wonderful book, filled with vivid descriptions of Christmas scenes. . .  Charming. . .  This book about compassion, Christmas, and antiques shines as a must-read come holiday time.”

Roanoke Times (Virginia)

“A fun and festive read.”

Herald-Sun (Durham, NC)

“For the fun at heart, this is a must in the Christmas stocking.”

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Praise for Savannah Breeze

“Spirited… Andrews writes with tongue firmly in cheek…fun.”

Publishers Weekly

“A successful combination of romance and action make this sunny novel a beach-ready treat.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Truly enjoyable . . . packed with Andrews’ trademark wit and humor.”