Mary Kay Andrews’ Murderous Secret Identity

Mary Kay AndrewsMary Kay Andrews books are transformative.  When you’re done with them, you think twice about your life decisions, and you feel as if you’ve found long-lost sisters.  She takes you down the back roads of America — to little towns and places where traditions and secrets run deep, and friendship runs even deeper.  Her heroines are the kind of women I want to be — brave, able to deal squarely with their problems (okay it might take a few chapters) and move in new directions.

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But if you’re as much of a fan as I am — you might notice that there is always an element of suspense or mystery buried within the pages of her novels.  Well, the reason is finally made clear as Kiss and Thrill reveals that Mary Kay is also mystery writer Kathy Hogan Trocheck.  What a scoop!  Take that all you fancy reporters at CNN.  <smile>  And an even more recent scoop — Mary Kay just bought her dream house, Ebbtide, the one that was featured in her book Summer Rental!

I love Mary Kay’s dual identity more than I can say, because I also write both suspense and women’s fiction and can tell you, Mary Kay is exactly who I want to be when I finally grow up.

irisheyeseverycrookednannyTell us who you want to be when you grow up and you might win a copy of Spring Fever by Mary Kay!  SpringFever

Today we’re giving away as prizes TEN COPIES of her newest women’s fiction novel:  Spring Fevera fab read I know you’ll enjoy.  Don’t forget to leave a comment or ask a question to be entered!  Mary Kay is going to try to stop by and answer as many as possible.

(Please make sure you contact us within ten days of  us posting the winners or you’ll forfeit your prize.  Chances of winning depend upon number of people entered.  Winners will be chosen from those that leave comments today and tomorrow at both Kiss and Thrill and Diana Belchase’s website, and you are invited to post comments on both sites for an extra chance to win.)  Good Luck!

About Diana Belchase

I am an author, who won the Golden Heart for my suspense novel "The Spy in the Mirror" and was a Golden Heart finalist, once again, for my second novel, "The Spy in the Harem." I am also a triple Daphne Du Maurier finalist for three other books. Please follow me at my website:, or friend/follow me on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter or on my YouTube Channel: See you there!

Posted on February 26, 2013, in Author Interview, Diana Belchase and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 49 Comments.

  1. Diana, I just love your video clips. Such a great way to meet authors and get a sense of their personality.

    Mary Kay, thank you so much for being on Kiss and Thrill today. How cool that the plot from your current release came from a dream! And I enjoyed your definition of success too.

  2. I would like to be myself.

  3. I also love your video clips, Diana. And this one in particular was great.
    Mary Kay, I can’t wait to read Spring Fever–it sounds wonderful and deeply emotional! And I love your definition of success. You are a very blessed woman!

  4. Thanks for having me, Diana! Lena and Sharon, thank you. I do feel blessed to make a living doing what I love. I hope you enjoy Spring Fever. It came out in hardcover last June and will be released as a trade paperback in two weeks. My newest book, Ladies’ Night, will come out in hardcover on June 4th.

  5. I loved this clip, too, Diana. Great job! Mary Kay we’re thrilled to have you here. Thank you so much for joining us and sharing your definition of success. I’m adding Spring Fever to my TBR pile now!

    I was just talking about how to define success in this industry with one of my close writer friends. We were talking about how easy it is to compare your success to another writer’s and get down low. But the truth is, as you pointed out, doing what you love is living the dream. In my life, I allow myself the joy of writing a book and feeling proud of it, sharing ideas with readers and other writers, and being part of the wonderful romance community. The journey is really what it’s about.

  6. Great interview, Diana and Mary Kay! And how exciting that we scooped CNN!

    I’m afraid I’m going to chime in with Deborah D and Carey. I am happy with who I am and where I’m going in this life. Can’t say I always believed that, but I’ve worked hard these past 10 years on identifying the parts of myself that disappointed me and changed what I could.
    Not that I’m done…not that I’m even close…

    • If any of you saw how Sarah has gotten on the exercise program and sculpted herself into a goddess figure, you’d understand why this lovely and talented woman is happy with herself. All my K&T sisters are absolutely beautiful!

  7. Hi Mary Kay! Welcome:) Always great to “meet” a fellow St. Martin’s Press author! As for who I want to be when I grow up, I’m like some of the others in that I wouldn’t want to change who I am. I’m not perfect by a long stretch, but I feel like I’ve been through so much as myself that I wouldn’t want to undo any of that growth.

  8. Great interview! Welcome, Mary Kay! I just realized that I’m celebrating a Mary Kay Andrews anniversary this year. It’s been 10 years since I bought a copy of SAVANNAH BLUES and became a devoted fan of your books. Thank you for many, many hours of reading pleasure. (My book club thanks you too!)

    I’m all grown up and happy with the person I’ve become. Having said that, though, I enjoy expanding and improving on that person and hope I always will. I’ve just taken on an exciting new project that will undoubtedly expand my horizons and I can’t wait!

  9. I started reading the Trochek books with Every Crooked Nanny and then became an MKA fan in 2001. (I think the date is right.) I’m an unabashed Southern chauvinist who celebrates authors who do Southern right with particular satisfaction. MKA does!

    I’m with the majority in having reached a point in my life when I like myself well enough not to want to be someone else, although I wouldn’t mind being who I am and still aging as well as Helen Mirren.

  10. Great interview! I’m primed to read your books, Mary Kay…both genre’s. As for life changing…I think I’m on a good path now, as long as I don’t dawdle, I’ll be smiling when I’m 100 about a job well done! Rolynn

  11. My first Mary Kay Andrews book was HISSY FIT. What fun to discover that she writes mysteries too. Thanks for bringing that scoop to K&T, Diana.

    Mary Kay, do you recommend starting with book 1 of your Callahan Garrity series or jumping in with IRISH EYES? Can you tell us a bit more about the series?

    As for who I want to be when I grow up, I agree with Amy: it’s all about learning to appreciate the journey. I suspect I’ll always feel like a work-in-progress (which is a good thing 🙂 )

  12. Hi, all. Checking back in again. To answer the questions about my mysteries…Before writing women’s fiction under the pseudonym Mary Kay Andrews, I wrote ten mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series and the Truman Kicklighter series, under my real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. I was lucky enough to have my mysteries nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Awards. The Callahans are being re-packaged and re-issued by Harper Collins next month. The new cover art has a fresh look and the author is identified as “Mary Kay Andrews writing as Kathy Hogan Trocheck.” It will be fun to introduce these books to the MKA readership who might not be familiar with my earlier work. I am so glad to hear you say I “do Southern right.” Thank you kindly!

  13. Krista, it is not crucial to read the Callahan series in order. There are 8 books and they all feature a former Atlanta police officer turned clever, snoopy housecleaner named Callahan Garrity.

    For those of you who want to know, here is the list of Callahans in order of publication:

    Every Crooked Nanny
    To Live and Die in Dixie
    Homemade Sin
    Happy Never After
    Heart Trouble
    Strange Brew
    Midnight Clear
    Irish Eyes

    The other two Kathy Hogan Trocheck mysteries are Lickety Split and Crash Course and they feature a retired reporter turned sleuth named Truman Kicklighter.

  14. Those mysteries are wonderful. I especially liked Every Crooked Nanny.

  15. I love Mary Kay’s books, they are like friends I know.

    When I grow up, I want to be me only braver, thinner and with better hair.

  16. I love Mary Kay Andrews’ books. I fell in love with the Breeze Inn in Savannah Breeze and would love to see those vintage motels make a comeback.
    Eagerly awaiting the arrival of Spring Fever… more ways than one!!

  17. Yes, I’m with you Bubbette! The birds are tweeting here — and not on the internet. It “sounds” as if Spring is around the corner. I truly hope it is.

  18. Tell us a little more how you juggle writing multiple genres at once? Do you alternate or work on several manuscripts at once or …?

  19. Love a great mystery!

  20. I enjoyed the interview. Nice covers.

  21. To answer Beth Irwin’s question, although I started in mystery, I really only write mainstream women’s fiction these days–although mystery does sneak into my plots fairly frequently. The Callahan Garrity and Truman Kicklighter books were all published in the 90s. My first MKA was published in 2002. Ladies’ Night comes in June and will be my 10th MKA novel! I don’t really so much toggle back and forth between genres as I do blend them, bringing elements of mystery and romance into my women’s fiction.

  22. Mary Kay, It’s been a delight having you here at Kiss and Thrill. Thank you so much for sharing your life and dreams and true identities with all of us.


  23. Love Tybee and discovered MKA while visiting. Now, all I want to do is one day sit by the sea with one of her wonderful books!! Takes me back to Tybee and Savannah with each turn of the page!

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