Friends & Fiction
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Friends & Fiction First Birthday Party

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The Fab Five turn tonight's after show into a big fat first birthday party complete with party hats, champagne and cake! Check out fun show clips, most embarrassing moments, and favorite memories from the past year.

Welcome to Friends and Fiction. Five best selling authors and the stories. Novelists, mary Kay andrews, Christine Harmel, Christie Woodson, harvey patty Callahan, Henry and mary Alice Munro are five longtime friends with more than 80 published books to their credit In 2020 they created friends and fiction to provide author interviews and fascinating insider. Talk about publishing and writing and to highlight independent bookstores. These friends discuss the books, they've written the books they're reading now and the art of storytelling. If you love books and you're curious about the writing world, you're in the right place. Hi everyone, we're getting ready for the birthday party, you get the cake so we're going to get paid. And we are so lucky tonight because first of all was jodi um she was yeah, oh my gosh, amazing and great job patty, that was excellent hosting. Oh that was fun, carried it so yeah and then yeah right the war is a match lighter. Um We are so lucky that tonight meg walker are managing director who we could not do this without is going to join us for the birthday party. So come on baby, join us. Maybe make mag. Hello? Hello? Oh too much champagne. I 20. So you're not here here? Oh my God, I wonder if she thought it was a different link. Maybe she'll be right back on. Okay, so alright Happy wouldn't work without the great giveaway. Okay, great. Last week we had a great giveaway with our friends at barn light electric. If you follow me on instagram, you might have seen that. We've got a bunch of their lighting at our Tybee Island Beach House. Um and so we gave away last night. She looks surprised. I thought oh I I thought it was a different No, we are talking about the give away and then you get to talk about, right? So our friends at barn light electric gave away a custom retro desk lamp and signature friends and fiction colours stealing. Why those are our team colors. Tim colours he loves plus any of the of our first year pension fiction guest books of the winner's choice and the winner was Drumroll Z. McMahon contract. Susie. Got Susie. Okay. Meg take it away. Why? Uh, why don't I talk about talk about this partnering this throw a party. We are partnering. Okay. You've been seeing me eat this all day. Look at this guys. We're partnering with Caroline's takes. I want you to see my decorations. Can y'all see the guys you, I I have those guys hang on your wine glass glasses on the cake. That's my favorite Caroline's cake and the winner will get Caroline's cake of their choosing. And the beach house blend coffee named after my beach house series with this really cute mug. You know that's a turtle. Do you see all y'all see that? That's a turtle. And plus any fab five book of the winner's choice. So if you've never had a Caroline's cake, I don't know how good it's the best in the world. You really have to try one. As I said, my...

...favorites coconut lemon. But they're famous for their seven layer caramel cake and it goes perfect. That's what you're having. Uh, soca seven layers and it goes with the sweet cake and coffee giveaway goes with the book and the entry form link is on our facebook and instagram in an army. Oh, oh no, Well done. There. We are one year quick flavor. Is that meg? Mine is a rainbow cake. I can't wait to cut it open. Help. Pretty so, good luck everybody and enter before sunday. Mm Okay, you're so happy you are here meg. We're so happy. I'm happy to be here too. But my original first line was, it doesn't matter what I had to say anymore because you already removed on. So no, no start. You want to hear you? I'm just so that it's so nice to be with you and I'm so grateful to all of our followers and I was then going to kill mary Kay to talk about what we've already done. That. I'm happy to be and on the front of the stage and not the backstage, you'll have to know we could not do this without meg boss. Thank you. We got my friends and fiction champagne flute and so exciting. It's bag. Okay, Can we blow our candles out guys? Okay, ready to make a wish. Okay. Okay, here we go. We have the coconut. Happy birthday. Okay. Thanks. Oh, okay. Oh thank you For the happy birthday. Okay, so the week of April 19, we have a giveaway coming your way from our sponsor, Mama Geraldine. So you hear us talk about all the time. One lucky winner. That week will get a 12 pack variety case of Mama Geraldine's cheese, straws and cookies plus a friends and fiction wine tumbler, just like the one jodi was drinking out of tonight. So stay tuned for that. That is going to be our give away next week, which coincidentally happens to be the launch week for our very own Christie Woodson, who knew I had noticed last but certainly not least the week of April 26 will be giving away a three month, page one book subscription care of our sponsor. Page one. Books plus Friends and fiction. You toot their very own. We have to have one. I have one. We can't get up. I brought it right here. So I brought Kathy is going to get a fab and you've got it your hair. Here we go. Okay. But even tell because I can't mary Alice. Very nice. I love it. I just I really loved this. Like, there you go, you go through a few extras in my car and I was like, mm gonna take, gonna pack with them so maybe we can get one from her on book tour and in case you haven't met him, we want to introduce you to our tech genius, our guru, the wizard behind the curtain, man that makes all of this work. I that's my friends in fiction glasses. Yes. For someone worked with us. He was a lot of things and still is, but he was a viral sensation. Sean, will you show us a sample of your viral, I don't want you ready.

Oh yes, I made I think the first time we saw this video and we were like, everyone has to come on with double glass. Oh gosh, I don't want your Children to watch that. Oh my God ridicule you. And Sean was just nominated for two huge awards for his music, best pop songs, Memory and the El Perdido. Go, go get it girl. That's our boy uh gang is all here. You get the presence and we tell the stories tonight. All of us have our cakes and we're going to blow out the candles, which we already did and we are going to do a complete fun round Robin of questions. We have had the most extraordinary year. Thanks to you all I know I am grateful beyond measure. I want to know everyone including you Sean. Don't you leave everyone's favorite memory? Mine, I'm going to have so many, but I have to say that because it's a recent mine was the surviving savannah launch when our beloved Christine Harmel put on a beard. Yes, I, that was memorable. I accent. Let's be honest. The accent. I've joked that my Caroline's sean. I know john don't tell anybody what was your favorite member. Okay, well I'm behind the scenes. So all my great memories are just the nightmares that uh, you know how these parts? But there was one show I was thinking about, I don't even want to like out the person. Uh, but it was a guest who was outside on their phone and we're just slowly watching the light thing. Like I just like, please, let's just wrap this up before it all the way pitch black. No, no, did not wrap up in time. It was pitch black. I oh I remember you put up with so much. Okay, okay, again there's so many memories and um it's hard but first of all, everyone gave us a memory when you go back and think of all the different authors, they all said something that made us go even jodi when she talked about that, you know, you can't edit a good page. It's just that moment of Oh yeah, that's great. But I'll never forget for me and it was kind of, it's good and bad but I was, I was hosting and it was Karin slaughter and it happened to be a pop up surprise for me wedding for my daughter that night. So I think a couple of us were gone, but I was cutting out and then Christie and Kristen hung in there for they were there patty, the blondes one and Karin slaughter was Karin slaughter with the pirate hat they are and the f bombs. I think the funniest part was just watching all your faces. It was so good. I loved every minute of it. Watching it over afterwards. I would like to just note so far that two thirds of the answers have involved weird things about my face. I'm just saying you don't want to keep going on that you are welcome. Welcome. My favorite was the summit, our first last...

...november at her house at Tybee Island where we drank a lot of excellent wine. Thanks to Christine kristen. They brought so much one. We had to have two cars to carry it all in. It was all gone. I don't know what happened to it. I think if somebody stolen someone broke in and we put the total global domination and where coincidentally I finally met kristen in person, even though we lived in the same town. Isn't that crazy? We were young, she was young and I was old, but we have ST pete in common, but we have a bulldog and she's a, she's a gator. So that's my doesn't work. My condolence work. Sorry. So yeah, yeah. You know what, Kathy finally meeting you, Patty and meg was probably my favorite memory to um by the time we all met in person, I felt like I had known you forever. I mean it was bizarre to be like, hey, nice to meet you like and we were just so far past up and I think that's what's so amazing is that we, not all of us knew each other as Yeah, zoom And then it was at the summit that you guys, none of us have met Sean in person. That's crazy yet. I'm just your imagination studio this big he's coming for the next summit. I asked them awesome. So in in addition to that Tybee Summit though, I would love to say that having my favorite band Sister hazel on the show last summer, especially when they sang to us was a really cool highlight was and it was so fun and I got such a kick out of Andie Macdowell when she was here. Especially her crazy gerard Depardieu story as she was telling that I was like, she's saying she really saying no music, that was X. Thanks for saying that, that was great. She was great. I liked her. How about you meg. Well, I'll say you guys really covered a lot of my favorite memories and as the marketing nerd of the show and the only one here beside Shawn who collects a paycheck that my most professionally gratifying thing has been welcoming our sponsors. I think it's just so rewarding to know that there's companies out there who find our little passion project worth investing in. So um two years to mama G's and page one and to all of our partners out there. Thank you. Thank you so much, cheers, cheers, I have to say. I mean one is definitely like Kristin Hannah talking on Patty's phones like having no sense. I'm like our first test, we finally have like hired sean so that we don't like complete idiots and then like only the single thing that Sean cannot control is Kristen sounds and Kristin Hannah sound our first it was, I just will never forget that it was so funny. And then when you watch the episode back you really can't even tell that it was happening. But that was what we were all dying. They were dying inside. We we just sat there calmly and then also I am like a little bit competitive and so when you want but I like a little, so when we decided to do the ugly christmas sweater party, I was like why? Yeah, I'm gonna, I'm gonna win this and it was extremely convinced that I had to have christmas Nichols Yeah, well, well here's the thing though they would not come off the penis horrible christmas nails for like three weeks so you still have them, you still have the christmas, I have my christmas, I'm going to keep that, take it out every year in fact, yeah. Um okay, so my question for everybody is what would you say to our community if you could sit down with them and um I guess I'll answer it first and I don't even know what to say except that you...

...guys have taken a year. That could have been really hard and could have been really impossible. And you kind of not only like supported our careers, but you allowed us to find the joy in them again. Because for us, the joy of sitting by ourselves for a year and writing a book is to be able to come out and see you guys and we couldn't do that. So to be able to see you here and you get your letters and your emails and your comments. I mean, it kept us going and there's there's no way to thank you for what you've given us ever. Yeah, I think I just would say thank you and then start crying, which is such a crime. I know I'm such a baby face Prior, I tried a couple times on the show. That's true. You have befriended us and you've befriended each other, which is astounding to watch that you you know, did the Friends and Fiction Book Club and you you grew and you you you got to know each other. We just ran into somebody today who said, hey Patty, weren't you just in Hawaii and Kathy, I love your new Coquina. They knew us and we've never met her, but I knew her. So you we have built this community and we cannot say thank you enough weight before we jump to Ma'am. I want to hear Sean. I want to hear what you would say to everyone. I know you're not supposed to, but I just want my check. That's what Yeah. Well, without all these great comments to pull into the feed and you know, I'm poring over every single comment in real time and I it's it's really amazing to see it. But I'm also like, such a now a huge fan of it. Like, this is the thing I look forward to every week. This is my favorite thing. And so, thank you for letting me be part of it. Also don't know and what you do. And now really from the heart, I really cries, I just have to say that was very good. Okay, Alright, well, again, like everyone else, thank you. I'm always amazed that everyone's so busy and they take an hour out of the time and a lot of people don't miss it. We see your names out there. I mean you and I talk about we do you really loved when I look and I see, and I always like it because I see hello from and they give the name of the um town and my echoing here. I think I am and hello from Hello from. And so it means a lot. And when you all say, you know, you made the pandemic bearable. You you got us through the pandemic. Those comments made a lot to all of us. That's really great. We feel the same way. I think. I think I would say stick around. We have so much more fun ahead. We have so many more great guests, so many incredible books to talk about. We've got three more launches, right? We got to know she rises coming everybody. Well, I would say, um since there's so much strife out there on the internet, so many places, so many quarters to find arguments and fights and to disagree with one another. Thank you for making friends and fiction a soft place to fall. And where a place where we check our differences at the door and we just talk about our common love of books and leave it at that. Yeah, I love that. I love that. You know, and I would say thank you from the bottom of all of our hearts for being our rock through a difficult year. So many of you have posted or emailed sweet things saying how, how we've helped you through the pandemic. But the truth is you've been a lifeline for all of us. So thank you for putting the friends in Friends and fiction and thanks for...

...being with us. And as you all know, um switching tracks a little, we have started a partnership with Parade magazine to write a weekly Friends and fiction column. And this week it was my honor to write about one of our reasons for creating Friends and fiction. Our love of indie bookstores. So I got to interview two independent bookstore owners, including one who worked two extra jobs last year to be able to pay her bills during the pandemic. She worked a job doing payroll for the government and she worked at a gas station at a walmart gas station just to keep her bookstore doors open, which is incredible. So it's so important to keep supporting local booksellers like her, like like the other woman I wrote about in the parade essay and like all of these booksellers we talk about every week, you know, even as the world goes back to normal. So I am wondering ladies, what have independent bookstores meant to you this last year for me? I mean since my first book, Indies have been supported my work and supported me and I'm not sure that my books would have ever blown into the world in any way without their support and there's no way I would ever not turn that around and support them right back. You know, it's so interesting that you say that because I remember when my first book was about to come out, Dear Carolina and I wanted to go to Syria, and I and my publisher was like, Why are you going to go to see? But we can't send, you see, but you don't even have a book? And I was like, well, I'm going to find a way. And I think there was just that instinct from the very beginning that, like, independent bookstores, we're going to be the people that we're gonna get behind me and that we're going to try to sell my books and that we're going to say you should read this, this is a new author. And that is so 1000 true. Um and I think I've been able just to think to be able to do anything to help them during this really difficult time and to think, you know, maybe we could replace the book sales of assigning for them one night when they can't have signings or just anything. Like just a way to say thank you is um it means a lot because they've done so much for us and you know, hand selling books is kind of the classic old school way. I mean that's what we count on and that's what these are great for. But for me I just want to say thank you because they've had to be very creative this last year. And for me the most innovative where the virtual book events, you know, usually we go out and we go and have a lunch and we see you in person. But this I mean this last year when we started out, I didn't know what Zoom was when Cathy you know mary Kay said hey we're going to meet on zoom. I'm like okay, I got it first. I got to figure out what that is, you know, much less hook up. So I want to say that it's been really great for me because and the bookstores, we've been able to go to communities that we haven't been able to go to tours and that's been really wonderful. So it's just one more way they've been really creative to get books out there to get authors to you and that's why we want to support them. I'll echo all that and just say I'm really inspired by Indies creativity and um the way that they have so many of them have just risen to the occasion in a really hard time and found ways to not just survive but actually thrive and really add different um aspects to their whole business model. I mean, just look at what, what what Oxford exchanged it, for example, with the Friends of the First Box. I mean, and and selling other things besides books and delivering books to people's houses and my local indie here, shout out to River Road books and Fairhaven rummaged, drove to my house and drop the book off at my door. They're driving around up there, even on investment baskets, hand delivering books. I mean, just be able to, you didn't really think so far outside the box and do whatever it took to not just stay afloat, but more than that, Yeah, they've been in the book sellers have been so inspiring to me. I've been inspired by their scrapping it and their refusal to say I'm done,...

...they don't, they, you know, they could have folded up, they could have said, I can't do it, I can't pay my rent, but they just kept going on. They kept finding ways to get books into customers' hands even when their doors were closed. I mean, I there's a bookstore in ST pete florida, my hometown tom below. Um the owner is a bicyclist. She put a basket on her bike and delivered books on her bike all over the downtown ST Pete area. Little shop of stories in downtown decatur on this where they came up with an idea of bagging books and putting them outside the door so people could could pick them up and doing after school pickups. They've just been so creative and the and it's inspiring to us. So, you know what if they can keep going, I can, you know, and we should add that um that I think it's about a week and a half away independent bookstore day, april 24th saturday, april 24th. It's a day when the whole country celebrates independent booksellers. Um you know, so if you thought about making an independent bookstore purchase before and you haven't or if you haven't in a while, this is a great time to do it, to celebrate these people, you know, who have really kind of kept our literary community alive and thriving. Yeah, now my question, of course, you know, I go for the for the silly stuff, what is your most embarrassing moment from the past year? So many, of course we have to do with technology. Mine of course is watching my daughter at the very beginning. We did not know what the hell we were doing, we're trying to go live to facebook understand. And so my daughter Katie was our was our tech crew. And on one of those early shows you could see her crawling across the floor like a ninja. She was under the she was literally under my desk trying to help with the check. And that was thank you so much. By the way, I don't think I have a formally thanked Katie for that. Yeah, this was before we hired Sean. Of course, let me tell you, nobody was more grateful for Sean and the ought to be a crew able, he's out. Should I? Uh, you know, there was a show a few months ago where I had to, our power went out and I had to ask a neighbor on the other side of the neighborhood if I could come over and do it from his dining room table. Remember that? Yeah, and it was so awkward, he was so nice. I see him every morning when I walk, but we're not like super close friends. It was like kind of a weird ask, but I was like, I can't let, it was when we had lisa see, I'm like I can't let you guys down. I was the one hosting, so he was like yeah, sure. Um so I went over and at the end he told me that his wife's sister was dying and he was, he apologized for if they were a little unwelcoming, but they were dealing with that. That was like, oh my God, like the worst person in the world. So that was an embarrassing memory as well as what mary Alice mentioned before about our faces when Karin slaughter came on because if you watch that episode back, you can see it registering every time like an f bomb drops from her mouth and it wasn't so much horror. It was like, are we allowed to do that on facebook? What's happening? Are we gonna get in trouble here? I don't understand. What am I supposed to do was escalating standards. Price. Are we going to be cut off? Like Okay. Just just to piggyback on that. Okay, so we've had all these shows where like we all have our hair done and our makeup and we look really good and we're all here and presentable and ready. Well that night, like for most of the show, it was just kristen patty and me, it was the one time in the entire time that I was like, and not washed my hair. I was like at home with my parents had my hair up in like a bond. I was obviously horrible. No Washington post took a screenshot...

...that night look bad. I think I like kind of mouth open like my eyes are closed and it was like Kathy we're missing mary Kay and mary Alice. We had carried a flutter in a pirate hat yet. I mean it was that's that's the women's show that he was talking about. It was it was also also so us. I mean the reality is that I want to be embarrassed but also just encapsulates through the r it was just everything. That was an embarrassing moment. That was a good one. So one of my most it was embarrassing you think? Yeah, my most embarrassing was we had one bookseller who everyone seemed a very long time pronouncing. We try and I butchered it flawlessly butchered it. So then I tried to mumble my way through it. I don't think any of us pronounced it the same way twice but never once pronounced it correctly and for thinking so marisa de los santos hates me. Can you show us how great you were at that bookstore? Won't say their names. You know part of the reason we started this show was to support independent bookstores and you chose one this week and I am going to butcher the name of it so I'm actually not even why. Well hocus seon ho Kesten hocus in books in Delaware. And I need to remind you that this week's bookstore is Hawkeyes in book in Delaware as our featured independent bookseller of the week. Who are run out or stay put and click on hockey season books Okay patty one is the correct pronunciation. We even know it now and I hope everybody go to hotels and books get sorry uses books and books. Books, books, novels, books. I know how to say that. Yeah, that was hysterical. That was the worst part is if you look at Marissa's days she's like she looks like oh I was supremely confident that I knew a authority through in that german accent. I do not know how to now. It's okay. So I don't know how to say it either but I didn't have to say same same. Easy for us to laugh. Exactly. Alright alright. Has to be horrified there. You how dare you? All right well for me I think you know I'm not normally on screen and there's good reason for that. I've always backstage and at the beginning of the show there's this the split second where the the music plays and you can sometimes see everybody for half a second and then one show Susan Yes and by mistake when when we were brought into facebook I was still there and I did not know that I was and I was not just biting my house. I was literally like I was on the thumbnail facebook. The privilege. I looked at uh um oh amazing. What's worse? It's actual moving footage so you can see it. You know, I'm like, oh my my grandmother, oh, I don't know what to...

...say, I don't think anything beats them. Oh my God. I think it's around. Uh oh I see people that's, well anything I say now is sort of like, wow that wins. But I mean just over and over again, it just happened so many times when I have, especially when I'm in north Carolina and I freeze. You're always in that awkward moment. And I remember a couple of one night, I don't even remember who the guest was. I must have frozen 10 times and I kept coming back in and finally you get in with the phone and and everyone is trying to be gracious and I think we all decided if that ever happens again, mary Alice, just stay away. Just stay out. It's easy. I kept popping in like this face from nowhere. Okay, here's my question. Um there, so we have some classic, really great segments that we have week after week after week and I'm curious now that it's been a year um which segment is your favorite segment of the show? And I'm going to say, and I know you're gonna be mad because you love this too. It's the writing tips. And I think, you know, even tonight how we were doing and I over what jodi said, they always have authors have such a unique way of looking at their work and there's always one thing and it always seems to be I needed to hear that tip that night yet. Well, I have to say, I love the after show, which is where we are, where we get to let down our hair. And that was kind of an accident at the very beginning. I don't think we didn't realize that we were still on camera and we just were like saying, oh, that was fun or oh my God, my you know, my bra needs to be a, you were like, y'all are still alive, y'all are still worried about thinking there. So that's my favorite. We're gonna do something wrong. We get to let her hair down and we drink and we always know. Yeah, well, it's it's almost time for No, no, it is not. You're not going anywhere. You know, I was just gonna say, you've got to hurry this up, You guys, you know, I love it when the author's first come on before the show. So the part that all of you out there don't see because you can see that second when they realize what they're walking into. So this isn't your typical interview show, it's not your typical book event. It's five friends and we embrace every author guest as a friend and comrade. I mean because they are we already have so much in common right out of the gate and you know, we're all having a hard time this year. Almost everyone we bring on has a book to talk about and it's just, you know, we're all kind of in this together. So it's really amazing each and every time to see that moment that that dawns on the guest and to kind of watch them slip into that rhythm of our friendship here on the show. I love it when they just you can see sometimes they're a little nervous just like you said. And all of a sudden like you said, they start to laugh and I think it's the camaraderie that we have that warms them up and no this isn't going to be just a question and answer. It's going to be a little more Yeah, exactly. Yeah. I love hearing the authors talk about their favorite independent bookstore. Yeah. Always a story and it always kind of makes me feel a little nostalgic and like why I love the bookstores I do and I think we all have those moments especially um not only is Children but it's becoming beginning authors and how we remember so well those bookstores that were like willing to take a chance on us on those very first books. And I mean I hope that you know, someday we're like me personally, you guys definitely are but that I'm able to kind of pay them back for that kindness because I will never forget it. I will never forget the ones that were like, yeah, I've never heard of you and you're a debut, but we would love to have it for you. And you also kind of...

...don't forget the ones that were like, no, how did Me Too? They put your book out front. Nobody, they put your book out front. That was exactly. And I just I love hearing that everyone has those memories. It's like a universal experience. Very too. I love when they talk about the values of reading and writing in their childhood. It's my favorite question and I love hearing I question. I love hearing about who they were before they were writer. And I love hearing I'm telling you all, we need to take a poll. I bet it's 85 of the Higher Library Library Library Library Jodi did it tonight. Libraries. It's um it's a common running theme. And then then there's those actually have the opposite story like data from who wasn't even really supposed to be reading. Some of the books that changed her life and how books that they read in their childhood and the values around reading and writing actually they can go the other way. So I love that part. I got to do something real with her. I'm sorry. This is so after a couple of years nothing's off topic on the economic beings on the planet and like we're going to be best friends shortly. Don't tell her. I think she knows what's going to happen. I think she knows. Okay. I think she knows. Yeah. I mean I think it's it's going to happen. I mean I'm I'm gonna I'm gonna pursue to make it happen. It's amazing. Well I love when an author catches us off guard by sharing something so personal and it's happened a bunch of times where I'm backstage and I'm brought to tears by an author's openness and honesty. And it just strikes me as generous because they don't have to tell some of the stories they tell, and it's just really reporting. And I think the highlight clip reel that we released last week highlighted a bunch of those moments. And I hope you guys got a chance to see that. Um speaking of highlights, we don't fish for compliments around here, but again, back to the marketing nerd in me. I really love when our authors are author guests, um speak highly of friends in fiction, and that's happened a few times as well. And Sean we've pulled a little bit of a clip real of the praise for F and F. Can you show it beautiful thing here and I am so, so grateful to be a part of it. You guys are amazing. Thank you. So are you first? I do also want to thank you for having us. I just think this show is spectacular and you're also adorable. I can't say it. I'm happy to be here. Hello. Thank you for having me, my gosh, the Fab five. I mean great. Yeah. Before I start I am honored to be with these beautiful, talented women. My gosh, what a group I am. You know, so admiring of what you guys have done and how you pinched in in the in the pandemic to help other writers and to support independent bookstores. And you know, I think a lot of people sat around and said, boy, I sure would like to do that, and I sure would like to help people. But you guys actually did. And um so kudos to you if I wasn't out of champagne, I would cheer you. Wait a great job. Sean does of putting those videos together. How luck your way. All right, So now I have a question for all of you. So what is the one thing you've learned about yourself this past year? Either from being a...

...part of friends in fiction or just from life in general during this difficult time that we're all living through. I'll answer 1st. I'm I'm so glad to learn that the old adage that you can't teach an old dog new tricks is a dirty, dirty lie way. All the new tricks we've learned. You guys wear your calling old dogs, wear a dog in this video in this scenario. Yeah. Seriously? We have, we've all learned so much together and it's just been super inspiring and here's to new tricks way, Whatever way sean when we need them to felt that way. Gosh. I think for me it's just been like the power of the pivot. I mean it's a really big true thing. Um, and we've all done it and we've all helped each other do it. And we've all been in that moment, especially during covid of like, oh my God, like no stores have my books now. Oh my God, none of us can go on tour now. What? Oh my God. I mean, it was just like one thing after another, after another, after another in this community has just continued to be here for us. And I just want to say this is not something that I learned about myself. This is something that I have learned through Friends of fiction. And our group, people who say that reading is over and reading is dead do not know what they are talking about because the community is absolutely unbelievable. And Reading is here to stay my friends. It's Yeah. For me, one of the things I kind of knew but learned even more. So it's it's the collaboration. And what happened in the collaboration, not only among the six of us and seven including Sean is the collaboration of y'all out there. You collaborated with us. It ended up being this because we couldn't have done it without you. You couldn't have done it without us. And we all came together with a common purpose that can be done even when were kept apart. So for me, I learned that you can build community and you can collaborate even when you're isolated. Yeah. Um boy these are hard ones because we learned so much and I think that's what's actually my whole book was about. But I think the conclusion I came to is to actually do what I've heard all my life that we should do and that is to live in the present, you know? So often, especially with book trips were always planning ahead and we're living in the future. But to just enjoy today as the gift that it is and enjoy the people in the right here and right now and right now we're all together. And I have to say to all of you people out there to thank you, you're the gift. You're here with us too. And we're enjoying this moment one year kids one here. Are we dogs or kids wear hats on. You never know what you're going to be called next. God knows. I don't know. Well I learned that if I just put my head down and power through but I can do just about anything. And there were some challenges this past year and there are challenges in the coming year because the public landscape has changed dramatically. Yeah, you can do anything Like you can write an anthology with us one day we're getting interesting Yes right here right now and commit. Exactly it. I've learned that this show is not worth doing. If mary Kay Andrews won't write an anthology with, I'm just...

...writing a personal essay. That's what you are. Not. You sure? These are beautiful hard. They are. They're hard. But Kathy you do not give yourself, I don't even think I'm better at them, but I love them. You're very good at. You're all good about you're all better than you think. But communicating. It is, it is and it's good because I think we've all learned to be a little bit more open and more personal and dig a little bit deeper, which I think is good for us. So it's certainly it's been good for me. So I've learned that you know, kind of like meg said, we're all resilient, we're all capable of adapting and sacrificing and as I've said before, it's sometimes in the darkness that we find that bright light within us, right? I mean, I feel like not just through friends in fiction, but just through this whole last kind of difficult years. So in this case though, we found the bright light all around us which is all of you out there, all of you who have shown up week after week to hang out with us, all of you who have read our books and taken a moment to tell us or to tell each other about those books and in the midst of a dark year you have given us so much light, there's been light around us indeed. So speaking of light patty, you did such a beautiful job, running things tonight and meg Sean. What would we do without you? I know we talk a lot about that five, but I wish people knew the two of you better too because you're both extraordinary and you were working every bit as hard as we are to deliver a great show every week. So thank you so much. Oh sean. Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! We got baby jesse. Oh that amazing. So thank you Sean, thank you meg for doing all you do it. It's just an honor to work with both of you, to my friends and fiction sisters. I never could have imagined that something so beautiful. This true and deep and lasting friendship would have come out of such a difficult time. But it did. And I hope that reminds us for the rest of for the rest of our lives that there is always like to be found in the darkness and speaking of light, all of you out there, are it those of you who show up most weeks. We notice we see you, we appreciate it more than we can ever say. And you have illuminated our world. You have supported us and you have sustained us and it has been a great, great honor to spend the last year with you. And I want to thank Sean especially for those funny comments you slide by on the banners each week. They always catch us all by surprise. And to meg for working so hard behind the scenes to make it look seamless and to all of you for showing up week after week and spreading the love and as we move into the future, the world will open up but we'll still be here and we hope you will too. We have amazing future guests giveaways and some special surprises in store in the coming months starting next week. But most of all we have each other and we have you okay and you have us. The friendship goes both ways. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being here. We'll see you next week for a very special launch for Christie's new book. You drink too. Special Gallery three special three good One cutter Outer. Happy one year birthday to all of you. To cheers. Yeah, goodnight y'all. Thanks for tonight. Thank you for tuning in, Join us every week on Facebook or YouTube, where our...

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