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The Fab Five - Our Virtual Happy Hour Goes Big!

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The Friends & Fiction authors celebrate Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews and On Ocean Boulevard by Mary Alice Monroe hitting the New York Times bestseller list. They also talk about ways to support independent booksellers and announce their amazing summer 2020 schedule and guest line-up for the coming weeks. www.friendsandfiction.com

Welcome to friends and fiction by bestselling authors, endless stories, friends and FICCON is a podcast withfive best selling novels, whose common love of reading writing and independentbookstores bound them. Together with chests author interviews andfascinating insider talk about publishing and writing these friendsdiscussed the books, they've written the books they're reading now and theart of storytelling. If you love books and you're curiousabout the writing, world you're in the right place, Brestselling novels Mary K, AdensCristen, Harmel Christ, Woodson Harvey Patty Callahan Henry and MaryAlicemonroe, our five long time, friends with more than eighty publishedbooks to their credit at the start of the pandemic, they gottogether for a virtual happy hour to talk about the books, your favoritebookstores, writing, reeding and publishing in this new uncharteredterritory. They're still talking and they added fascinating discussions withother bestselling novels so joined them lie on their friends and fiction.paceful group page every Wednesday at seven PM, eastern or listen an youlater at your leisure, well welcome everybody to friends andfiction. Oure weekly happy hour chat to benefit local independent bookstores,featuring best selling authors. Maryka Andrews Patty Calihen Henry Christywats in Harpy, Maryallice Monroe and me Cristen Harmel. We are so glad you'rehere so since April we have been meeting on facebook live everyWednesday night to talk about books and writing to chat with you and each otherand to answer your questions all in the name of reminding you to support localbooksellers today, we'll be telling you a bit about our books and will also betelling you what to expect from our summer schedule, which is kind of abooktour in your living room and of course, each week I tell you all aboutone of our favorite, independent booksellers and tonight it's my turn totell you about book people, the largest independent bookseller in Texas, I'll,tell you a little bit more about them later, but for now just know that ifyou buy any of our new or upcoming releases by Saturday may thirtieth frombook people, you will get ten percent off with the coupon code. Friends andfiction no spaces and you will be entered to win a twenty five Hollr giftcards to book people. I will post all of that in our friends and fictiongroup and speaking of our friends in fiction group, if you were catching USelsewhere, for example on Maricase, page or Padty's page or wherever elsewe are appearing. If you want to ask us, questions live the place to go, is t efriends and fiction group. You can search for it on facebook. That's wherewe'll answer all your questions. We interact with you all week and it'sjust a whole lot of findtat's, where all the cool kids are, I have to sayfom them. Speaking of the cool kids, let mean then look how good I am withthese seguas tonight. You have two super cool kids among US night, MaryAlisemonroe who's on OCEA Bolvard, just debuted on the New York Times,festcellar leg and Mary K, Andrews whose book a HelloSummer is back on the New York Times beseller list. So we are therells, it'samazing and we are so happy for them and we'll be talking more about this.For you, caty Sanfre, Gor AD cheers get oo. Mi, I'm Goin to give my nime last Youhav hold out neo ready. Are you alltoasting us too, because we don't want to drink alone? It makes us look likealcoholii there's to all of us. If everyone outthere rais a glass to our two New York Times best selling authors is, isamazing and Llyou who went and bought bulloks all of our books anybooks. Ifeverybody, especially from indies, we're toasting you. Yes Us! Thank you.We have such gratitude to all of you and especially Um those of you who havebeen joining us here week after week. We know you're all supporting us. I'vereceived and we've all received, just the loveliest notes from you. A lot ofyou have invited your friends to join the friends in piction group and it'sgreat. We just love sharing our love of reading our love of writing and we lovet it you're, sharing it back with us. So thank you for that. So, with that inmind, before we get rolling, I wanted to tell you all something reallyexciting, so we had initially said that starting next week June. Third, wewould be going twice a month instead of weekly throughout the summer. A lot ofyou wrote to us and expressed disappointment about that and G ta. Welistened and realized. We were kind of disappointed too. It seemed like the bright decision backin April when we started out, but we're just having too much fun, and so I amhappy to announce that we have changed our minds and we will be with you everyWednesday night through at least the first week of September, and even afterthat we have no plans to go anywhere. I...

...can't guarantee we're going to beweakly, but you know you guys are stuck with us you're going to be havingfriends Setin in your life for a long time, and we have lots of fun in store foryou this summer. I know we've teased a little bit of it. We talked a littlebit about it last week, but we'll be telling you all about that. An ouramazing line up of guests that we have conc confirmed so far later in tonight,Sho, but for now again join the friends ome fiction, fagebo group. If youhaven't and invite your book living friends to do the same, the more themarrier and we promise we will continue to interact with all of you on there.So without further ado, let's get started by catching up with these.Ladies and seeing what everyone else has been up to other than dominatingthe New York Times by sest. I will say it's a heck of a list. I mean it is thebooks that are out this summer is armazing, so I am so thrilled and againlike ncase ten we're so delighted that you got is there and it is all of you.So thank you really truly and I spent the day Um either copical storm Berthaa all, get an affected by that water, Charleston's getting clabered and iscoming up into the mountain. So it's a lot of water today, so I think ere ill.Just I I put a lot of food in 'cause we're going to be it's dumping rain.You know last week, Um there were people, riting boats and you knowcanoes down King Street and Charleston, and so it's it's wet out there. Whatabout you? Where you are it's rain here all day, which is part of the coursewhen you're trying to do an outdoor project? Your love, I neatition's, done, isn'tit! I saw pictures, it's all O we're trying to build a patio. SO THAT'SAWESOME! You can't filld the patio when we're having a drought Kafy, you haveto build it when we get them on Soonso. You know talking ti by you're still inper an squirrel hell yeah we're still in in pencval hall in Atlant Socat. Ireturned back to Birmingham. I see your bookself yeah back in my amost backtring to I don't know about you all, but sometime in the last week, or so, Ifeel like I'm emerging back into having you know, ideas and sitting back at thedesk and getting a little orgonized and like pulling out my bullet journal andmaking lists and all of a sudden it feels like. Okay, we gotta do this andget back on the horse. So I'm back in Birmingham and back at my desk andimthrilled and- and I woke up this money I was like is Wednesday. I get tosee everyone w yeah. I did too IIN too. I think when I knew I'd be celebratingfor crying together with you tonight either way. You know you were bringingwhite. I know I would Yo be you and I thank you girls for having my back. Weshould explain to everybody that the way the book business works in incatesnew released books are published on Tuesday and then the way you get on thebig list, which is the New York Times list, it isn't the number of books,it's velocity, so as the number of books in the space of a week at storesthat recort saled to the New York time. So, if you're buying the book at KrogerThe Times UN' Care Ibying it it in e book, store vag haire Target Walmart,COSCO, O Sam's, Calb, ofcourse, indybook stores and Amazon. So all thatall those sales figures get reported to the times and around five o'clock onWednesdays. If you have some hopeer expectation that you'll make the list,you do one of two things you hang out by the phone or you act like you, don't care, I te Ott. So when feels like follingcame out um a my agent, I was like working out. It was Tuesday and shetexted me and was like. I am refreshing my screen every like two minutes tolook at the USA to daylist ECAUSE. We were hoping I was going to make it whatI did so ya. It was my first time and- and I was like- Oh my God, like wait.What it's Tuesday like what and I was like. Oh my gosh, I'm wrong. They mustget it a day early. So for like an hour and like freaking out and then shecalls me and she's like she calls me and I'm like okay Lado Mae Arn and shewas like Gritti it's ts or for an hour like in a not thinkyouKnowa, just pinds Covin Taa, a tire dases e Rokay, Yeah D. Se, this two readers who, likeCathyta M, I never go. Cathy Trochech Marycnges, I don't know W. I no yen, thank you for explaining that, but Ithink one of the things a lot of readers don't understand is that if youlove an author- and you say I'm going to get her book when Thas First, twoweeks pecia the first week- and maybe...

...the second, if you didn't, if you can'tget a defirstming that matters or preorders to helping anybody make thelist, so it may not matter across the board. But if you, if you're thinkingof getting the book anyway for any any Ofton, you love that first week or twothat it comes out is very helpful. Tohaten very helpful. It's like an alanguloner Ye peuters are the name of the game and, and you can preorder atindy bookstores and especially during the Cov nineteen. A lot of peopleassumed that booksellers were not open and a lot of em weren't. They didn'thave the physical stores open, that they've been doing tremendous amountsof of maleflorders deliveries, everything they can do, and so they arethere. No matter where you are all those indy book store. People are thereand they are really. You can make a difference in in keeping them in yourcommunity by buying books ordering balls don't have to be ourbogs. I wentto my closest looked storeas eglie books, intocater. I went to sign stockUm last week with my mask and they were wearing their mash they're, not lettingpeople in the Storia, but I bought a hundred dollars of books worth of booksin the store that that day, because I want to support with them and there reall books that I I would have eventually abought anyway and I'll,give hem away as gifts or read Em. So right and the other thing is I thisyear in particular, bookstores have been getting independent. bookstersthatave been getting the books earlier in getting hem out earlier than Amazon,because Ema, I'm Amazon, has been pushing really an hard fors essentialservices during colvent, and I have Tut my hands off to all the indies, whohave really made the effort to get those boks in and out to you as soon asPossibl, which I think is a great tumping off point for talking about ourbooks sollar other week. You know, and those are such good points, I'm so gladthat you all mentiond how important it is to support independent booksellers'cause. It really is, I mean it's, those booksellers who helpless todiscover new books, new authors, we love, and you know, kind of give us alltha place to unite as booklovers. They give us a sense of community, whetherwe're physically there with them or whether we can just interact with themonline. So, as many Yo know, we've been featuring some of our favorite bookstores each week and we will continue to do so throughout this summer. Thisweek we chose book people in Austin, the largest independent bookseller inTexas, and I wanted to tell you why, so I think bookstores are all aboutconnection and when the world suddenly went virtual, a lot of us lost thatsense of community. It's one of the reasons we've been doing this friendsin fiction thing. It's our way to connect with each other and with you ina world that kindof feels like it's been turned upside down so book peoplehas essentially been doing the same thing. They're well known for having aconsistent, robust, evente series of interesting, diverse authors, and theyhave been one of the books tore, is nationwide to pivot very successfullyto virtual events right off the bat. So I think there's a lot to be said forthe way they managed to do that so quickly and so well, there are a lot ofother booksellers around the country. Oxtail, I think, is doing a wonderful,a lot of wonderful things with evants libraries are doing great things too.Cyahoga County Library, Ind, Ohio Ron Block, airs doing wonderful things yRon with live events, so I mean there are a lot of bookstores doing this, butI I really wanted to mention book people 'cause, I think they're, justproviding a ton of content for book levers across the country. Also is sucha cool town and it is it really is it's just such a creative. I don't know justa creative melting pot. It's wonderful! I also wanted to mention that, when Iwent on Line earlier this week to buy Patty's new release losing the moon,which we're going to be talking about in just a few minutes, her surpris newbelieve her old new reliease, we'll talk aboutit in a minute, so I went to book people and bought it this week throughour page, which is listed at the friends and fiction group, and Iactually get a personal note from Rachel at Bookpeople, whose part oftheir Internet sales team it warmed. My heart, it was not just a transactionbeing processed by someone remote who you know you never have any contactwith. It was a personal interaction that reminded me of what it would havefelt like to shop their face to face. So I know a lot of mors are doing thatand it matters. I really think it does so that I think is part of thedifference you can expect when you shop, a local independent store, so diloremind em tempersent off from Bo peopler set op exactly so. If you wantto order one of our books at book people, the link is on the friends andfiction group page and you can use the coupon code friends and fiction nospaces today, through this Saturday maythirtieth the code and linker up onthe friends and piction page Um. Additionally, anyone who buys one ofour books there by Saturday using that coupon code will also be when enteredto win an additional twenty five dollar gift card from bookpeople. So now it'stime for one of the parts. The happy hour, I, like the most the question ananswer session, my favorite Parttau, it's so fun. I J st it's so nice tohear from readers, which reminds me. Ladies, did we ever figure out howwe're going to address live questions tonight on the face that friends and dictionpage, as I think, O we? If you're...

...watching, do not text me and say quitlooking down on your phone 'cause, I'm getting question doing it for a reason. So we've pulled four questions just tostart with from people who have emailed US ahead of time and then, if you havequestions for us type them in now on the friends and fiction group pageunderneath the videos that you're watching right Christtye, that's thebest way to pull UN underneath theve. Underneath the video on the friends inviction page 'cause, that's the only place I cright. So we can't we're notgoing to see your questions if you're asking them on mrmarycas page onPadty's page anybody else's you've got to ask Hem to us on the friends infiction page and we will O K O do our best to get to some of em. So on to thequestion some of you had asked so first Carol, Tillis Hale asked us was beingan author, always a carbier goal or something that came later in life. MaryK, New York Times bet seller. Would you like to start us off Oi when I was a young kid M befeoreanybody told me: girls can't do stuff. Where I got that message, I thought I'mgoing to grow up and write stories and write books and then m an I think inhigh school. I got the message that girls can't do stuff, and so I thoughtI'll be a newspaper report and I'd always bee been interested injournalism, and so that really was a passion and and a goal of mine. So Iwas always going to be a writer and I think it was only until not until latein my journalism career when I got beat down by editors and politics and allthat stuff that I decided you know, I really I wonder if I could do this, Idon't believe girls can't do stuff anymore. I'M NOT LISTENING! AnybodyTelli me. I can't do anything anymore and then I started writing fiction insecret. While I was still working the first book Di Themsell, the second booksold based on five chapters, wow, you were ofesome yeah, that's great allright, so Nancy maners asks. Do you write better at home or do you writebetter and a D getaway location? Would our other fabulous New York Times?bestselling, author of the weak, like to answer that I can already R suclose I no just because our books aren't new youguys. Our time is coming as your chime to at hope. I could never I'm always amazed. When Iread about jk Raolei and my friend our friend Ian Genberlain too, I go to Sto,go to starbuks and say I just like to go there and write, and I think, Oh, myGod, yastractions. There is no way that I could ever write with thosedistractions. I have to be lie. Captain Kirk, in my you know, W I'm surrounded.I always have a despt, a half shoe of Asoarce B t. What do youcall it this short to for? Thank you. I don't help Hem, you don't have toknow words you're on the New York time, O tish other Tini Wnwhen, I'm in thezone they just Coso at I speaking of hi zone when you're alone- I don't knowyou probably feel the same. I feel very ilet go. Pian is a scary thing to letgo and when you do, I I need to feel safe. So I'm always in my office,surrounded by my books with the door closhe- and this is my desk here inNorth Carolina and I'm facing away from the windows 'cause. Otherwise you knowwhat's that bird doing on ter like a good squirrel in the trees, so cuteobutcome back in your dog, I mean anything happens and my attention is gone yeah.But if I'm focused- and I don't have any distractions, then you loseyourself and that ow you get to the zone. So I could never write anywherebut at home, but I will add this l exhabit when I'm taking notes or ideas.Ok, te car ride at a stoplight, they always say: eothers never have depositslips in their bank ecause we're riding on notes, Adam and Um. The other thingthere's something about. Do you think this is true? There's something aboutbeing in an airplane mm way: uphigh where idas come. Does that happen toanyone else, you're like away from the rest toad crean like you're? I totallyagree with that, but I get motion sickness, so isometimes I'll, like pullmy computer out and like I can't look at it. You know like I'm typing, but Ican't look at the screen Christy evening, an airplane ohmro, so bad inan airplane. Oh that's hard! That's O evee tried everything I mean I can wearlike a patch, but you know it's not worth being like super woazzy. Ifyou're on, like a two hour flight ECAUSE, I'm fine as long as I'm notreading, yeah, really EO. What I can do on the plane. EvenOuh typing might make me car six SEASICK MOTIONSIC my hands. I can dothat with that. That's right, N! I don't lose abod. I can't read itlater. So it's like I just am scrawling...

...like allegible things to myself that Ilater have to figure out like what did I need it? OES Am be fostwhichat cany. Can you believethat considering I used to be a reporter, then I could never read myown handrig all right. So next question SharonCollins asks I have ideas for a short story or book, but I can't seem to getstarted. Do you recommend writers groups for accountability? How aboutanother New York Times best seller? To answer this Patty Callihan Hemr? No,the RIGHTO group question is a hard one for me, because I joined Um large good put. I never hadwhat's commonly referred to as a christiqe group. I never joined one, soI entered contests and I started to show it to people I trusted, but I doknow that those critique groups can either be devastating or completelyhelpful, and so I'm weary of them, except for support, andI think that a lot of really good ones right now can be found online throughprofessional organizations and cy, and I wewere both members of the sameAtlanta, R Wa way back in the day before I was published, and that wasincredibly helpful for historial fiction. There's the historical novelUm Gruw for you know for mystery theres. What's it called Cathy Um MW, mserRiers, Ot America and there's also s Sinck, which is sisters in crimehisters in Crimnessn. When I was thinking up so I believe that thoseprofession courps for me, if would blind up a hundred of this and askd thet e same question, you're going to get a different answer before me. Theprofessional groups were way better than trying to meet with sixunpublished writers, while they tore my work apart and sent me to the bed so M.I know there's a lot of people. I have a lot of powels who have critiquegroups and they're all professional writers and that's really helpful, butI I' really gett nervous about you, know six new writers getting togetherto rip each other's work apart, but there are some really amazingprofessional organizations out there that support writers that give youinformation that have yearly conferences, except for twenty twenty,just scratc on th I mean the historcial novel society wassupposed to be in Australia this year, not that I was going but yeah. Sothat's my short answer at working, not working at working. You know and I'llalso say Sharon specifically. You know she mentione accountability and when Iwas writing my first novel Um, I didn't belong to any writers' groups oranything like this. This was a million years ago. This was back in like twothousand and three and I didn't know what to do so. I asked a few friends ofmine who were readers, who I knew were not aspiring writers at all, so therewould be no sense of them trying to like bem sent their writing style on mybooks and I just said Hey. I feel silly saying this to you, I'm trying to writea first novel. Could I send you a chapter every couple of weeks just so Ihave someone to sort of be accountable to and that Kindof kept me goingthrough my first draut. It really did 'cause I felt like okay, I have anaudience of three people. You know they're gont they're, going to cheerfor me, which is what I needed to slog through my first drast. I don't know Ithat was was me but and the I did was I took some classes. I went to man, so mymaster's degree is in pediatric nursing, it's not inrating and I figured if Ispend all those years. You know to do that. I had to log some hours on thisend too. So I did. I signed up for classes an emery and I took writingclasses and had accountability, and then I tracped down people like Marytaingers and said: Will you go out to lunch with me and she said Wen? I started. I started writingfiction in secret. I was still a newspaper reporter and there were agroups of four or five of us that were all working in the news room, and so wehad like a little writers group we'v didn't Crotique each other's work, butit was about accountability, so we would Neece, I unch and it would bewith exchange chapters, and so I knew the night before we were going to meetthat I had to him moreout something so yeah I mean. Even if it's just a friendwho doesn't even write, you can say: Hey Um. Can you just check in with me onThursday and say hey? What did you write this week? There' yeah there lotsof way, ther point. The other point that I went au to all, the excellentpoints have been made. Is that one of the itising with the networking thatmercan talked about that when Youre writing is a very lonely process andoften you face a lot of rejection and it's nice to have a group that is withyou. That knows what you're going to that supports you and again, withnetworking that has oftentimes agents will come to their early conference andthat's a whole nother discussion. We...

...can have one dat, but just seeing anageent listening to agens make Sou writing a novel, is a pulishing as Band that Nice Professional Group helps you with both it mi all right, perf th,those were such great answers, everyone and finally, for Christi. I have sortof a two part question. I combined two reader questions. One is fromDannsroder who says: Is it more rewarding to write a series of books tocontinue plots or is it more rewarding tosce, cush, novels and Besy bullwarealso asked? How do you decide if you wish to carry characters over from onebook to another? Is it story driven or to fans, influence you so Christi? Youhave experience. Writing both a series: ant, tand loans, mathing, that's areally good question and I I don't know about one being necessarily morerewarding than the other Um. I think they're just very, very differentexperiences. MAYB. Like writing. A series is m. it's sort of like goingback to a favorite vacation spot, and then you already know what yourfavorite restaurants are, and I you know- maybe the waiter remembers youfrom last year and like you loved that dress that you bought at that store. No,it's just it's familiar, there's something that is sort of like cominghome about it, and so I I loved writing a series because I loved Knowig, like Ialready knew the characters I already mew. The setting and all hey had to dowas put thim in new situations, and I was like well. This is really great,but then I think you do get to a point where you have all these stories thatare in your mind, and you have all these things that you want to keepworking on and you want to keep you have new ideas that you want to explore,and so I think at that point you know, leaving that series and being able togo to a brand new story is so exciting and Patty's wort have touched on thatearlier, but I feel like I'm in that same place. I an finally at a placewhere ID just turned in my edits yesterday for under the Southern Sky,and I have something new that I'm so excited to work on, and so I feel likeI'm just like so excited it's just like when everything's fresh and it was likefalling in love. You know you're, like you, just can't wait to get back tothat. mannuscript you're so excited about it S. I think they both havetheir purks and as for readers influencing you. Yes, they totally dobecause I had said the whole time. I was going to write a three peacz tree,bufs Bux and I still might not rite a forth, but I get so many like notes andmessages from people every day. Shing. Please write another peach, stree bofsbook and I kept saying no, I'm not going to imnot going to and then a fewmonths ago. I just had this idea and it was like. Oh my gosh. This has to be aPICTRY BUSS book. It can't be anything else. It has to be a peach tree busbut.So I don't know if I'll end up writing it or not. I mean it's not totally upto meeiits. You Know My puisher and I'm going to be under new contract soon andall that all that so there's so much that goes into it. Besides, just hey, Iwant to write another peach tree loss Buk. I I tr yeahbut they're. Both Imean they're, both really exciting. They both have prose and cons for sureTherre Nmaryallis did you see some benefit in Kindof, taking a littlebreak from the the beechouse series between Yeaokay? And you talk aboutthat a little bit. I think the Um like Christi was saying you know it sowell, but the challenge for me is always I love to dive into a new arena and todo the new research of the new characters. It keeps you fresh andthere's always that other idea you've been waiting to get to and so m. When Iwrite more of any series in particular the BEC series, it's because of Su,like Christie, said S, something I want to say that this series will say thebest, but you have to. I think it's smart to get away once. I know thatsome ought to just KEP. Keep it going in. That's their power, that's theirstrength; they they know what they want. I just feel that every once I wi Iusually waike two to three years between and I've been doing them quite a bit back to back becausereunion this one and I'm writing another. So that'll be three in a rowand that'll that'll probably give me a pause after wirds B T I want to dosomething else. I love the characters, but there's so many books. I want towrite in so little time, fel the same way. That's how I am to that makessense. Christy do Yo have some questions fora you I love this one andlike sodas everyone else. This question's got like a million like. Sothis is what we're starting with. I shall be. Jackson wants to know how dithe five of you become. Friends which O I think is such a Gwhic will all haveitine anse her. I could be not like it was just it Wasto be. I lovethat question and I thought it was really good so who wants to startostart? You started okay, so I first met Pattie and Mary Allis and I metenBert at the poplid Queen's weekend in Texas, and I was actually doing a panelwith Patty who had been one of my favorite authors like a really reallylong time, and when I found out that I was doing a panel with her. I like waslike s my stomach I was like. Oh, I can't Goa NA IINSO. Think I'm like nolad can't do it, and I mean I dit a...

...million tspeaking events at that pointlike it was not like some brand new thing, but anyway she was so nice andwe hit id off and then I met Mary Alice at the same thing when we were dressedup. I told this story: Oh yes, Ermesse up as Tinkerbell and windy from PeterPana. Oh Ye me, I mean you, I mean you know you're going to befriends when you'll thro dress top his characters from Peter Pan Uisten. Iactually met in Orlilando when I was doing an a Ventearo and we had brunchtogether and it was really fine and then we sort of kept in touch. And thenwe got to hang out for a long time in California, sat's really fine. And thenI met Mary K, the dictator Book Festival and she was there promentingher cookbook, so it ws a few years ago and I was Ike supernervous to meet hertoo ocary, so scar, Stosora, O atit and Iwas like wading around in the Green Room because I didn't want to Liy. Youknow and so went ever in ad, I a like hi, I'm a really big Fan, I'm a ChristyHarvey and I write bots and she was like you are, and I was like. Oh that's, lovely. That was a niceanswer. I Lik said saying that to be nice, although it was like my fourthbook or something I don't n, it wasn't like. It was my like first day as anauthor or something butathat was really exciting. N. We had a really nice chatabout m editors and I don't even know how we got on that, but I was havingthis like question about my editor and she l told me this great story abouther. So That's how I'm not all of these lovely. Ladies and T, why don't youtell us Mary k how this got started? It got started because all of us had, Ithink we all had spring summer releases, and so you know the only thing authorslove to do better than writing is bitching about writing. It is well. I think we were emailingback and forth an texting. We were terrifyid Yeah Hel. What was happening?Yeawe said how we we going to do this and I said well, you know I signed upfor a professional zoom account. Why No't we do a Friday happy hour, wineand whine, and so that's what we did and, and we sort of talked about thechallenges bookstores, not knowing whether the bookstores would be open,not knowing if our books would actually get out of Warehousea, because Pattiand Christi, and particularly face face that challenge. So we, I think onething women do really well. Is we ban together, it's sort of like uh, PTAbake sales onsted, and it's so good for us to hear why ohow you're doing an et Tel alone? I think I think we know how to worktogether. I think we know, I think all of us realize that a rising tide lihefloats on those anwe, got together a and talked about what we could do, whatthe options were, where publishers were saying and then probably Christin orChristi, Um Sai, Hey, why don't we do a hen? We try doing a zoom with our fans,and so that's how it all started and the motivating forest for all of us was.We knew we or you know our books weren't getting out there, but wereally knew the booksellers hat were in the biggest trouble ecause. They wereclosing their doors and all of us wanted to somehow in our own waysupport an independent bookseller, and we felt that's where this really camefrom this connect with booksellers for our books and celebrates them andencourage people to not go elsewhere, just to go to their local, independent,favorite bookseller and by introducing booksellers every week. We give them achance to be known to you and it gives them. I think the financial boost, butit also, I think, is them a heart to keep going in the stoptine a D. I thinkwe ovay thank you to all of you out there for the support. You've showtoyour own stories, but also to the stores we've mentioned to you. I mean Ithink Um. It tell me if i'me wrong here, but I think each of us has receivedreally positive feedback from the stores V. We've worked with each week,so how we've kind of done this each of us so far has chosen a different storeand been sort of the contact person for that store, and I think after each ofthese we've gotten really nice notes from most of the booksellers sayingthat they were really happy with how it went but know that it was helpful orthey get to connect with a lot of you. And so thank you from the bottom of ourhearts for supporting the stores that mean something to us and just forkeeping these stores alive and and, as Mary Alice said, Um keeping themencouraged that there are still people out there to buy their books and- andif this is that, there's a way forward, I mean I think this is really important.And while I'm saying thank you, I also have to say I was kind of the the newerone in this group. I knew Christie, I knew Maryallas, but I I didn't knowMary K and Patty. Yet Um, when we had...

...tat first chat and you all I mean you,even though you didn't really know me that well welcomed me with open armsand Mary Als. You were the one who kind of invited me into that folt. So thankyou all of you, I'm just so happy to be a part of the group, yeare, so great,clear, heres. She organizes atons like hurting cats. Up there I'll tell you Iwo that I mean I do it all with a smile, so you don'tknow you're being bullied by me right, justyou're, always you're, alwayscheerful. When you skip the pe you're, always chearful. When you tellus that we're doing it wrong, I'm like don't know noo guys are so cute that no totally kidding your so precious andyou're so pucking wrong. Teoldoeo bless your heart. WE'RE NOT COMING IT! That way. What Ithink it's fascinating about that question is that we didn't all meet atthe same time. No, so you know I at Cappy Mary Cy Andews UH wow eighteen years ago, maybe Carsel,and that and then our husband's worked togetherand then I met heard a Christma work. Christmas party before I' even finishedmy first book like eighteen nineteen years ago and I met Maryalis after Ihad published and mcchristi Popwa shot up on my front door, a DI. Let me comeOm pace with the suitcase hi and spunny thenight I gest ETI was sohated get wetalked all night long anew. I knew then pettyfunny Maria is Ganti, Nexchistina,mcmorris and O oo with Heryeh. Just she nit. He mean just last year you S' WatWuitmot was it Ganuar t tee is macazy. Oh Wow, she's great, I'm so excitedwhen she comes to join us. Yes, Yol feel like Popa Queen spending the nighttogether. It is like a vivid dream of another life, something that happened. We sat on afloor and I passed around bottles of Champagne and same show. Tos for, likeOthat, was only he life. I don't like what Lik. I think I actually like a bodabout, but not like publicly but like for myself 'cause. It was like all soweird bat. It was like the most fin. Ever we were in Lore and Aurpajaus. Wasit just me because that was my my costume pajamas? Yes, I work. I was wondy. Whatcould I iwas still in my Glinder, the goodwitch costume? What was what wasthe theme when we were together and I stole your glasses yeah? That was thaty a that here was the wizard of I I thought I was in o that's a good yearand Ini dressed up as a rainbow N. I want to see that picture. I wantto see that picture. I remember that Pat Conroy was there and they thisevent we're talking about. Everybody is the Pumpwood Queen's weekend, Whak Club,we gened in Texas and every year it's a it's a crazy thime. So this year, PatConroy and his daughter were there and they have a nightwhere. The authorsserve dinner to all the people who ere attending and so I've got somewhere.I've got a great picture of all of us and PA dressed up in an apron and PAConroy being Pat Conroy. You know slopping food on people's face and then I accidentally Stoland, shecouldn't see, I couldn't see and we were announcing from the front of theroom. Does anybody have and I m like OES anybodyhours later, can PT MisterMago? Do you jus hedbody, O speaking of glasses? I have to tellyou our beloved. We mentioned her earlier Ann Riverson's Sen. She passed.It was very sad, but I don't know if I ever told you this girls, but they hadan auction of her belongings. I have the red glasses, you wan te Red Classes,TAT Idid, I got Hem. I should put hem up on that shelf rightbehind you, fo had to Ho whatr Qesti. Oh I'm sorry, you know what Christy I I was going tosay. Would you mind if we just I? I would spend all nigh doing thequestions if we could, but I was just thinking we have so many things to getyou tonight cause we want to mentiond this summer. Is that okay, or as t n, Iwas just going to say one thing: a couple of people have told me thatfeels like folling as AA stock, an book people Mariedit Taid. She ordered itsomewhere else and another independent boks Tor Thinking Mer. But I would justsay one of our books were from earlier in the summer. It's still offeringtemperson off deels like foing Sawjust Drot, that link in the friends ofVictor Pael. I I also want to say I was looking at the book people siht earlier.A lot of them are listed, as I don't think, they're out of stock. I I thinkmaybe they are maybe a change from the...

...last time I looked at it, but a lot ofthem say not on hand which just me don't physically have it in the storebut t it might ship from their warehouse in like a day or two. So aslong as it says it will ship in a few days, it'll shipen a few days. I Idon't think I could be wrong, but I don't think it was out of stock there.God we cant Ste by the way people can still you guys, can still post yourquestions on the friends on Gands ell go wit, US o. We have been at I epateanswer then, and now that we're going to be going weekly, there's going to beplenty of time. To answer questions I mean some of these questions have comefrom m comment chains from the past too, so we kind of go into those and lookand pull them for future episodes. So we will try to get to all of them aesuch good questions. I know everyone's asking such great things and you wouldthink we' be repeating ourselves by now, but we're not I mean for the most part,I feel like it's all, really new good stuff. So moving on a little bit again,I hate to leave the question and answer behind, but we've got so much coolstuff to tell you so. First of all, I wanted to tell you all when we startedfriends in fiction. Four of the five of US still had upcoming releases to go,and most of you know that three of those have already come out. Christiefeels like falling maricays hello summer and Mary Alice is OnoceanBoulevard and I still have mynew book coming out on July. Twenty First ScoeBook of lost names, but we all thought that Patty's newest release was behindher the paper back of becoming msss Lewis, which had just come out march.Twenty fourth: Well Guess What Patty apparently didn't want to be outdone so Berkeley? Her publisher hasprepackaged and released one of Patty's older books losing the moon andbookpeople. Has It this week for just nine? Ninety, nine plus you get thatten percent off. If you order from them and use the code, friends infiction, itjust came out yesterday, actually so, which is amazing. So how did you wantto just tell us fera minute or two about losing the NE? I will take thelittle bit littleest bit of time, so Oh we went to hern came out sixteen yearsago. Sixteen years ago, if you go to my facebocause my test, I know man. If you go to my facebook page or my instagram, Iposted a picture of my first book signing for losing the Moon and I'mwith my daughter in the picture, and she is now married and has a baby andI'm a grandma. And yet I d look at that picture and it was yesterday no thatlosing the moon came out and I remember being over the moon about Lisin,because I was the first. They called them emerging authors at the MargaretMitchellhouse I'MNO, like every dream I ever had had come true. My family andfriends were there and I was the first emerging they'd only had wellestablished authors and at the time it was run by this fabulous woman and shefell in love with the book and she started an emerging author program butlosing the Moon. U is actually in cappy with this in common. Is I actually thesecond book I wrote, but it's the first book that was published a lot of youaspiring authors out there. There's this. You know we can get really bummedout and and dejected and and lose faith when the first book doesn't getpublished. But my first book I wrote, didn't come out ntil four years later,so locing the moon was the second book. I wrote. I love the book to be just say.Right though I love it. It is actually of my contemporary tovels. It's thebook. I get the most letters about. It was inspired by a situation thathappened when I was at a tail gate. I went to Obern University and, as youknow, it huge football school and I'm ignoring happy 'cause she's, probablybarking. I'm sorry. What did you say? Tis O one andand tailgates are a huge thing. Youknow these SEC colleges and I was hanging out with my dearest friend, who is a guy and his wife who's. Also mydearest friend I was in their wedding and my husband and they had a littleboy and I had a little girl at the time and somebody jokingly said: Wouldn't itbe funny if your daughter and son got married one day I was like no, it wouldnot that's. Not a good idea, I don't like that idea, and yet I took it and Iran with it so losing the moon is about two college xlous who one's daughterstarts, stating the other son and they haven't seen each other in fifteenyears M. I can't wait. I got my email from book people today telling me thebooks on its way, so I'm so excited to die. Then after I finished reading,onoe and Bolevard what I'm working on right now ao aw, but when are releasehappens, I was like wait. You should have told me. Maybe I want to rewriteit. Maybe I'll want a Bao. I O Aer, I'm sure there's mistakes in there, butyeah Thass. The beauty of early releases is that I love when I I loveyou, but if you fall, I love with TATTIC, Allaan and red to day it's funto go back and read her work, gn all the way through Soe I like them. Theway they workan yeah. That's a good point. That means me to a question ande have to move on, but um so th, the...

...mass market of the secer to southernTarm just came out that' it yeah and I got to like rewrigt at kindl. Why didn't you tell us that we would ave started iner? Ididn't think about it, 'till right now, but btlike so Doy d Doni. Do they getme Theok, ack and say no e, don't just basically say o ther any mistakes thatyou know are in their own Tayit oatlater, that's what they said butlike they were like. Oh, like takin it. If there's anything, you want tochangenobody. Actually the book club believe it or not. No release willcelebrate in Julyan's coming out again repatche for July, and that book istwenty years old and they did say, look at it and see if there's any and theydidn't have cellphones yeahso. You have to change things a little bit, but youdon't rmewrite the book you Jop riht. I mean like. If Ge tweakthe only thing, Ichanged, he silenc felt of simple actually changed a few things, but theonly thing in the secretto southern charm that I changed was m. There werelike three lines that I don't know if you know that if this hoppens JIsometimes like when they're Ling, editing like they'll change things- andI would be like well- I mean I guess I should give them that and then it wouldstill. I would read it and I'd be like that line. It's just like not enoughsyllables or whatever it just didn't have my year right and I changed allthose lines back. I had og, like I sai, O Ememberan an I mean. I write thatbook in like twenty seventeen or something so that's crazy. Well, Iguess that is a good jumping off points to talk about and we'll have to addthat book Christie next week to our books, aller right, I didn't realizeyou had a new release, ou everyone. Everyone keeps see. It's very nice ofus. I feel to just keep our friends and fiction friends out there, just stopkedwith all of our new book right, we'll just keep eleasing 'em and you all nowthat undebookalost namesAsout in July too, which is my my new release and peoplemagazine actually just named it one of their twenty bis books of summer today.So I'm excited se IPHE was saying what Maryte was sayingabout how important preoders are Yon'tdon't order. It now and then it'llbe sitting there for you on Popday and misand will tell you all about it, andactually I have so I'll- be talking about it in this summer, but we'regoing to have a superspecial surprise for you in the episode ere. We talkabout the book of Lasams, I'm just going to leave it in O. DO TELLI ANYONE!Well we're got tele we're going to tell people now some of our guests, I thinkUm. So let me talk about our summer schedule a little bit all right. Sothis summer, weare going to be launching a codcast companion to thisfacebook live, but we're going to be doing that we're going to be lunching awebsite and perhaps most excitingly. We have a full schedule of amazing guests.We have cristen Hanna coming next week, which I am so excited about, or we loveYve. Of course she wrote the nightingale and the grate alone. I knowyou all have read her. She is incredible. So that's next week June,third, after that, we're going to have we're working on someone for June tenth,but then we have Lisa windgate confirmed for this summer. We haveDelia, Owens confirmed uter this number, which is amazing. She wrote, of course,where the CRADADS SA we have Karen Slaughter and W ICOVER CERI'm. So badeveryone calls me warmall of harmell or whatever it doesn't, whoever we are,but, yes t that's going to be amazing. We also have Christina mcmorris andEllen hildebran coming in August, onowere that an te soul we're addingmore guests as we go. We have a few others that we're about to confirm sostay tuned, make sure you're on our friends and fiction. Basebook page willbe posting schedules and updates there, but absolutely join us next week forChristian Hannah. Seven o'clock on the friends and fiction basebook group,page and you'll be able to ask her your questions lie, which I think is so cool,so we're going to wrap thus up in just a minute, but we don't want to leaveyou without kind of doing our things. We love to share with you so patty. Doyou have a writing tip you'd like to share with us this week? Sure so I feel,like our writing. Tip was talking about all the the groups a actually we can dokind of do that. Didn't we I shouldn't have given you that question and thenalso now I ireateihave plenty ot tepts, who knows if the ships work so the last time we did this. My tipwas about knowing what your character wanted and really knowing what yourcharacter wanted and why they wanted it. So I thought it might be fun to giveone of the little cheats I use to find out what your character really wantsand that cheat is called the eneogram. Do you all know that Aniagram? No, never done that d. You know if anyagreement is Gra. So if you know what the any agreeis you probably know yournumber so that any o gram, if you haven't heard of it, if you have heardof it, you probably know what number you are, but there are nine types andeach type has a want and a fear and a desire, and each type has levels ofpersonality, meaning when things are...

...going well or when you'redisintegrating when you're your best cell from when you're, not your bestself and it's a complicated tool and some people spend their whole life.STUDYING IT and t e are classes you can take, but if you want to use it foryour characters- and you just want to study the one type that they are, itcan really help kind you it's like a little cheet sheet. So thenine typesare the reformer, the helper, the achiever, the individualist, theinvestigator, the loyalist the enthusiast, the Challenger and thepeacemaker. And, of course it's so much more complicated than a single term andAnogram is really ancient. It came from the desert fathers and was forever justa a woral tradition kind of like Irish story telling, but you can use it toyour advantage. So, for example, if you have decided that your character is anine a peacemaker now you know that your characters, driven by a need to besettled and in harmony with the world, that your character's basic fear isloss in separation, that the basic desire is peace of mind and so muchmore. I could get into it for hours. I am fascinated by the anigram. I amfascinated by it's ability to kind of nail what each types desire and wantand fear is, and so that's a little cheat. I have usually about one thirdof the way into my book I'll try to nail down what my character is, so thatI can look it up. I have a book about the NIABRANAAND. Look it up and no, Oh,you know what she'd be really scared of that to let's use it. That'sAwesomehowotex Dud, you post the name of that or a link or something on thefriends on fiction, Basbal Group at Aso. What agree too, I forget bout that O Itikit too. That's Awso how Oyou thank you great to o very aay, really good toknow what type you are just as a writof yeh it a good newhere, yeah, YehWelthank, you thank you petty! That was awesome, Mary Alice. Would you like totell us about a DABE? You author? You love! Yes! Thank you. This one isanother. I don't know personally, but the book has really caught my attention.It's called how to bury your brother by Lindsey, Roger's Cook and it's one ofthe dispunsional southern families, which I always looke to read about andin this one it's a sister who explores the dark, her brother dies and in theprocess of going through things and letters and the dark secrets and ormemories to that you it's a family, exploring their past and learning howto live in the present- and I think Patty knows this book pretty wellbecause she gave her blur so tinsoyeah. I talked about it briefly in one of ourother episodes. So lindsaey is the daughter of my college roommate and mylittle daughter and my daughter's best friend so yeah. I just wanted to bringit up. As for me, it was a like fresh Yeahi'm, O I maryallice. We might havetalked about it the week that you were a eruvarium event but yeah that O it'sa great. I me N, I just love the timings and I love the subject, and Isaw that you blurved it after I'd chosen it I want. Oh, this is perfect,I'm so glad you double dipped on that. That's and I've been hearing such gooping.Some of our members have actually been posting about it too. On the friends,an Pix Ahard qrater for her SS e Wa Sen m New York Times and one of theprojects she worked on Onapolitzer recently. That's awesome, pressive, a right, Maryky and Christy.We are, we are running so late tonight, but do you do you co quickly want tomention m? I know Mary Kay we had talked about a book. You've been lovinglately. Did you want to tell us about a book you've been reading lately be andliking? I just got it and just started reading it. It's our friend, EmilyGiffins, the lies that blind and it's got a great premise about a a youngwoman in New York. She starts dating a guy and they very quickly connect andthen nine eleven happens and he disappears. She sees his post. She seesposters about where have you seen him? So R is a great premise: Ahosmedat isyeah, really good yeah and she said a good writer. I mean I just always enjoyher stories just flow so well and yeah they're, always enjoyable, I'm glad youMak at I ar the lies of bline and it's evily given in it, and it comes outnext Nex I was going to say yeah, it's just coming out. So that's good! ComingTuesday yeah! That's awesome, great ixfor, mentioning that Mary Kay andChristi did you have any books. You want to mentioned or happy, and youknow it by Laura Hinken. It came out Ke just a couple of weeks ago. It's afairly new release and I got to I wrote a blord for it and it was Cameou. Imean I read it a couple of months ago, but I loved this book. I'm so excitedabout it, and it's about this Park Avenue play group and th like the MOMSthat are part of this park. gavenue play group and then m t e sort ofstruggling musician, that's sort of at...

...a low point in her life who basicallylike takes on a gig as being there Leke play group musician for the shoulder,and it's just is one of those books that as oh good funny and satirical,but it's also dark and there's like some trees in it too. So I just flewthrough this book Um and I loved it as in MTPIG. It was a really great book.My boot clubs reading it this month, so they sound so good, well, Tonato's beenfull of awesome recommendations and tips and all sorts of awesome successfor our two New York Times bestsellers tonight, which is fantastic. So again, we wante to remind you tojoin our friends and fiction facebol group and be there next Wednesday night,seven PM Eastern for Christan Hanna who want to reminds you that book people isour bookseller of the week. You can get ten percent off our new and upcomingreleases with the coupon code, friends and fiction, and we also have, ofcourse, a twenty five dollar gift carnd to give away to one person who usesthat gift ca or that gift code between now and Saturday. We'll draw a winnerfor that, and we also have a twenty five dollar gift card to give awaytonight. To somebody who has joined us were as RSBPD or as one of our members,and it actually is one of remembers. It is Mary Barker she's, the winner of ourfirst day, iny fin dollar, a Gift Card to book people so Mary, I just actuallyfend requestod you in facebook, the other day. I know you, you accept itand I will send you at that Gift Code, so that is your twenty five dollar GiftCode. So yeah, I think that's itnight! This is a good, a good night. We havean awesome summer ahead. It is starting off just wonderfully next week withCristian Hanna we're so excited. Can I deeject I just want to let everyoneknow wecall friends in fiction, Bethese authors, these fabulous unbelievableline up is going to be specially great, not only 'cause, they're, great authors,but with friends. So it's going to make all the better so do join us, and youknow it's it's like we say it's like a booktour in your living room, but it'salso like joining us for happy hours. So pull up a chair pour yourself, yourfavorite beverage and you know, come be your friend too come be your friend nEntoy, our fiction, a you exactly six years, everyonerememberis Everylo support your local booksellers and join us at friends andfictioneveryone. W you've been listening to the friendsand fiction, poncast, be sure to subscribe to the friends and fictionpodcast wherever you listen and if you're enjoying it leave a review. Youcan find the friends and fiction authors, ant, www, dot, friends andsiction. Doth come as well as on the FACEFOL group. Page friends and fictioncome back soon. Oka. There are still lots of books. Writing gips, interviews,publishing news and bookstores to chat about goodbye.

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