Mary Kay Andrews: Biography

Mary Kay Andrews

27 jul 1954

Mary Kay Andrews is the name used by writer Kathy Hogan Trocheck for all of her novels published after 2002. She was born and raised in Florida as a member of a large Catholic family. She began her writing career as a reporter and journalist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution once she had graduated from The University of Georgia. She has been writing fiction full-time since 1992.

Andrews has spoken in interviews about the influence of Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird was a great influence on all of her novels. She has said that this is mainly due to its setting in the southern United States and the way in which she creates a sense of time and place within the novel.

Andrews has published 13 novels under this pseudonym, several of which have become New York Times bestselling titles. She and her books have been shortlisted for prizes such as the Edgar Award for Best Novel and the Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel (for her debut novel as Mary Kay Andrews: Savannah Blues) and the Agatha Award for Best Novel for her 1993 book To Live and Die in Dixie (published under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck).

Andrews lives with her husband, Tom, in Atlanta where they can be found when not visiting one of their two beach houses on Tybee Island in Georgia. She is still writing new books and also teaches and lectures creative writing students at various workshops and on different courses. She has a passion for antiques and thrift shops, publishing a lot of advice on how best to go about shopping in second-hand stores for fans on her website and blog.