Mary Kay Andrews has been a favorite author of mine for quite a while, so seeing her on the DBF schedule has me really excited. Andrews writes what I suppose would be classified as chick lit, but her focus on the South gives her a completely unique voice. It doesn't hurt that she writes about the place I love most: Georgia! Nothing about Ringgold, yet, but she has a book set on Tybee Island (Savannah Breeze), which is special to me and my family. My extended family owns a real estate business/resort on the island and I've spent many happy summers there. I love reading books set in a place that I know well.
At DBF this year, Andrews will be promoting her newest release, Summer Rental. I actually already have a signed copy of this one, won from the All 4 Alabama auctions. But I'm sure I'll be bringing quite a few others to be signed. I'm also dying to meet the author in person. I've emailed her to tell her how much I've enjoyed her books and she emailed back, which is always a big deal to me. I love when authors acknowledge readers - I feel like authors are celebrities, so hearing from one makes my day. I'm also sure that her reading/panel will be amazing. Please make it a point to see Andrews if you're at DBF, especially if you are a fan of all things Southern. I have it on good authority from Joanna at A Worn Path that Andrews is absolutely hilarious. You can read my review of her book Hissy Fit here.
A list of her books:
The Fixer Upper
Little Bitty Lies
Andrews also writes mysteries under the name Kathy Hogan Trochek.