Friends & Fiction
Friends & Fiction

Episode 0 · 1 year ago

Welcome to Our Podcast - An Introduction


Bestselling authors and long-time friends Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Harmel, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Patti Callahan Henry and Mary Alice Monroe introduce you to the inspiration for their Friends & Fiction Podcast.

Welcome to the friends and fiction podcast. Five best selling authors, endless stories. We are the authors of friends andfiction, five longtime friends and best selling novelists with more than eighty publishedbooks among us. I'm Mary Ca Andrews, I'm Christen Harmel, I'm Christy Woodsand Harvey, I'm Patty Callaghan Henry and I'm Mary Ellis Monroe. InMarch of two thousand and twenty, when the pandemic hit and the country shutdown, the five of us were headed off on book tour, and thenwe weren't. Our releases weren't canceled, but our tours were. So Isent out an email and suggested we gather on zoom to commismerate and talk abouthow to cope with and manage this new kind of book release. While wechatted and, let's face it, wind with wine, we realized how muchfun it would be to not only encourage each other in our readers, butto also support the independent booksellers we love... much, the ones who hadsupported us. So the concepts began small. Let's just get together on Wednesday night, can include our readers. We chose a new bookstore for each episodeand talked about what those stores meant to us and our guests. Then,to broaden fun, we started interviewing other authors, ones we admired and oneswho, like us, might have had canceled tours. We started talking,and we are still talking, about writing tips and writing challenges, about thepublishing industry. We started talking about other books we loved and debut novels andour inspirations and failures. Our Community of readers and authors grew and here weare, thousands strong and our friends and fiction community and still talking to peoplelike Kristen Hannah. I wanted to see if it was possible to to breakthat mold and do something else, and...

...that's really where the nightingale came from. Debbie Macomber, and over the years the readers have guided my car.I have changed the way I've done things about three or four different times simplyon feedback from our readers. DLIA Owens, I wanted to write a book,down, a novel that would explore how much we are affected when weare isolated, when we are forced to grow up without a group, andthat's where products came from. Lisa wingate. The human things, they don't change. The human things are what ties us all together and that love afamily, that need to know your history, that need to know your people.You know, that's The Times, the bond we have that makes usall the same. I think Ellen Hilda brand the thing here and I amso, so grateful to be a part of it. You guys are amazing. Thank you. So are you. And so many more interviews to come, with chats, author interviews and fascinating...

...insider talk about publishing and writing.We discussed the books we've written, the books were reading now and the artof storytelling, and you can join us on Wednesday night live on friends andfiction facebook at seven PM Eastern Standard Time. You can subscribe to the podcast onspotify, apple podcast or whatever your favorite podcast service is, and youcan also find more information about us at www dot friends and fictioncom. Ifyou love books and you're curious about the writing world, you're in the rightplace.

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