HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Mary Kay Andrews

New York Times Best-selling Author


  • The Fine Art of Reinvention: One Woman’s Journey
  • I Couldn’t Wait for My Ship to Come In, So I Swam Out and Dragged It Back Myself
  • True Confessions: My life as a dumpster-diving, curb-cruising estate-sale junkie
  • The Art and Craft of Writing
  • How to Combine, Humor, Mystery, and Sass in Fiction


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  • Video: The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews

Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The Fixer Upper, Deep Dish, Savannah Breeze, Blue Christmas and Hissy Fit. 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 ten critically-acclaimed mysteries under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck, before launching her debut as a women's fiction novelist.

Mary Kay'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 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' recent speaking and teaching engagements have included The Southern Lady Celebration, (Atlanta) 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 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.”