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Launch Party for Kristy Woodson Harvey's Under the Southern Sky

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Back by popular demand this versy special episode is Friends & Fiction Theater! To celebrate the launch of Kristy Woodson Harvey's UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY, the Fab Five once again perform dramatic readings—but this time they add cameo appearances by two friends of the show: Elin Hilderbrand and Wade Rouse (aka Viola Shipman)! You won't want to miss this raucous good time! http://www.kristywoodsonharvey.com

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. Yeah, I was like where it is happening. Exactly. Hi everyone and welcome to friends in fiction. Were behind the scenes, we have been having the worst tech problems of our lives tonight. It's all gonna work out because you know why it's gonna work out because tonight is a very very very special night because it is Christie Woodson Harvey's launch for Under the Southern Sky. A story of love, loss and friendship is met cover beautiful. I know it proves that the family, the one we're born into and the one we create is always closer than you think. I'm Christine Harmel and I loved the deep sense of loyalty between the characters in this book. Whether it was Parker and Amelia's childhood bonds of friendship or the way that three years after her death, Parker works to maintain Greer's legacy. I'm Patty Callahan, Henry and I loved so much about this book but really rang true for me the exploration of what it means to be a mother in this story, how mothering extends far beyond the characters. Children and families are created in myriad ways. Yeah, I'm mary Kay Andrews and I loved how every character has a secret and the unveiling of those secrets ultimately leads us to what happens in the end. I'm Christy Willson Harvey, I'm the author of Under the Southern Sky and thank you guys so much for those nice comments and also I'm in a hotel room and I get like a one on room writer right now. So I'm sorry. It's the only way I could get it all going. So it's we're fine. It actually looks beautiful. I give you that is really pretty. You look very classic at the moment. So you might notice that we are missing mary Alice Munro tonight, but she'll be back next week. I hope that by now all of you have seen Christie's Which Character and Other and Under the Southern Sky. Are you quiz if you somehow missed it? We're dropping the link at the top of the chat right now. But all week she has been asking you to play along so that tonight we can reveal who each character is. You can also find the link under announcements on our friends and fiction group page. This is of course a very scientific, foolproof quiz tested on Christie's nine year old before it went out into the world. So we hope that you take a lot of stock in the answers and maybe even use them to make a crucial life choice or two in the future. That's right. So take a seat on the front porch like Christie's characters, Olivia Elizabeth and Tilly would do grab your special sweet tea and your mama Geraldine's flavor of choice. Mama G's cheese straws are so authentic. Everyone would believe their homemade. Why would you tell them otherwise? Even if you took them to the church picnic? But remember use the code Fab five for 20% off at Mama Geraldine's dot com. And wow, you lie on cape Carolina's pristine beaches or boat in its calm, clear waters. Don't forget to bring along your reading material. Page one books, a book subscription package that pairs all your reading hopes and dreams with the insightful pics of a real life indie bookseller will know exactly the right book to give you to put in your beach bag. So find out more. Probably the beach bag from Christie with the stripes. Yeah. Find out more on our friends in fiction facebook page and use bab five for 10% off if you're a new subscriber. Yes. I also want to let you know that if you haven't purchased Christie's under the Southern Sky yet are bookseller of the week. Book town is offering 10% off our new and upcoming releases of course, including Under the Southern Sky and also by the way including the books uh written by our guests that will be here in a little while who you may or may not know about if not their surprise guests...

...to you. But also the reason I'm wearing these shades. I mean, other than just, I'm just dazzled by our Yes, exactly. Anyone who buys under the Southern Sky from book Town between now and saturday, we'll get a limited edition pair of friends and fiction shades say that you can say Friends and fiction right here on the side. How cool is that? Because because you all know the Southern sky gets awfully sunny. Take it away. Yes, it does. All right, Friends. Well, I am so excited about tonight. Thank you so much for your incredible support. I've been on tour for the last few days. I have seen so many of you in real life and virtually and it has been like, it's just almost been surreal to like have spent this last year together and then to be like seeing you guys in real life. So thank you for being so supportive, thank you for buying this book and sharing it with your friends. And it has just meant more to me than I can ever say. And thank you to my author friends who have just done so much to promote this book and listen to me, you know, wine and panic and all the things that we do during long week. So thank you. Um but you guys have all carried us through such a difficult year and I'm so um like I said, just excited to see you on tour and so now whether you're an Amelia agree, Era parker and Elizabeth or a tilley, please know how grateful we all are and that I love each of you almost as much as I love the character, the characters in this book. And by fab four, even though mary Alice isn't here, we're going to be doing a giveaway for each category tonight. So, um let us know in the comments at the end whether you are 1234 or five and if by chance we run out of time to talk about the answers to the quiz. Um do not worry. We will post them under announcements. You can put whether you're 1234 or five and we will pick winners and let you know who wins. And the prize is someone in each category is going to win one of my exclusive under the southern sky candles. And and I read Christie Wilson harvey tote bag. All right. Yes. Perfect. So we'll talk about about we'll talk a bit more about that later. But for now, back by popular demand, Friends and fiction theater. So we didn't know when we got started that we would then be delving into the theater world. So those of you who tuned in last month for my launch of surviving savannah raved raved. We made me a dramatic performances of those four ladies including over the top accent, Southern swooning and Christie with kristen with herb. I guess we call it facial hair, it mr episode if you missed it as well. It looks like drier lint. To me, you have a dryer looks alright. But did we here at Friends and fiction except the obvious that we are not. In fact Oscar caliber caliber actresses. Heck no, we double down double. Absolutely. So without further ado, welcome to the french and fiction. There's edition of Under the Southern. Now wait, wait, there's a bit more ado before we get started. We want to remind you all out there, y'all out there. That first week sales count enormously towards the new york times best seller list. I'm sorry chris are Christie. Yeah. Our Christie is the rock of Friends in fiction. In fact, she is our Cf Oh, so she, this is no dumb blonde y'all. This girl knows her stuff unlike patty and me. I wasn't going to say that, but you did. So it's okay with me. So if you like what you hear about tonight, in fact, if you tuned in for any of our friends infection episodes this year and enjoyed us, would you please consider picking up a copy of her book this week? It's available in trade paperbacks of the cover price is less than $17 which I think is about. I think that's less than you spend on a good bottle of bourbon. It is full of heart and drama and important questions about what makes a mother And you know, the thing that one of the things many things that finds all of us on friends and fiction is that we are all moms and you will love it as much as we all get. Mm mary. Kay, your check is in the mail. Thank you. Wonderful endorsement. Really. The text all of you. Um, seriously, thank you. I appreciate all your support more than I can say and to all of you out there, your kind words over the past few months and especially the past few days have meant so much. There's no one that I would rather be celebrating with and it's the thing that I've been most looking to on my looking forward to on my book tour. So thank you. Hey, I'm pretty fun to celebrate with. I know, I know no one brings the fun like you and silly, but you won't show up until later in the book this summer down for...

...now. Okay. I make no promises of simmering none. Welcome you all to cape Carolina here. The water is pristine. The tea is always sweet and family is everything. But some of our towns Children have moved away and as our story opens their adrift, their lives turned upside down. Hi, I'm Amelia Saxton. You may recognize me from the book cover. See my hat. You know, it's me. But for me it was tough to grow up in a town where family meant the world because I found out at the age of 14 that due to a medical issue, I would never be a biological mother. And yeah, my Southern accent is terribly uneven. Tonight. I have no idea what's happening here. You can imagine how strange it was for me then in this lobby of Palm Beach conceptions of fertility center specializing in the storage of frozen embryos. Near hours after learning that the family I thought I had so carefully constructed had just imploded, sad. My husband of three years was having an affair with my hairdresser. My male hairdresser. Oh no, there's not a lot of coming back from that, I will tell you. But then I stumbled upon something that made me think of a deer childhood friends, parker there. Amelia Saxton. Yeah, I know Amelia Saxton. We grew up together in cape Carolina. I think our moms would have liked us to end up together. And if I'm being honest, there is a time I dreamed of a life with Amelia too. But that's not how life turned out. I'm parker phased in by the way. And you know what one thing I've learned is that life never turns out the way you think Amelia went her own way becoming a superstar journalist and me. I married the spectacular Greer McCann. I'm still living in the house I shared with her working for her father's company here in Palm Beach. But Greer career died three years ago. You see, life doesn't always work out the way you plan, plans, plans, plans these kids think they can plan for the future. I'm Elizabeth Saxon, a millions mother. And I worry about my little girl every day. Sure, she said her thirties, your Children never stopped being little. You know, my best friend Olivia is parker, thousands mother. And yes, I'll admit we we used to dream of our Children falling in love. But sometimes dreams are just dreams. We figured that out. But it's been terrible to watch what has happened to that Poor boy. You hear so much about widows. But what about men like Parker? The widowers? He hadn't moved on since Greer died and I worry about him. I worry too. I'm Olivia faced in Parker's mother and Elizabeth's best friend. Our husbands say we meddle too much in our Children's lives, but we aren't meddling, we're helping and we'll give up meddling when they give up cigars. In the meantime, though, you'll find us sitting on our front porch sipping are sweet too. Say no, Okay. Olivia Elizabeth says, Oh, Olivia. Co Olivia. Come on now. We're among friends And we certainly are over the age of 21. It's not just sweet tea, is it? I reveal nothing about the presence or absence of a helpless splash of bourbon. And wait. What exactly is that Tilly calling for you, Elizabeth? Oh dear. Oh dear. I better go check on her. Don't drink all that sweet tea without me Olivia. I make no promises. Hi everyone. I am Amelia's aunt, Tilly, Amelia's mother Elizabeth, who you just met is my dear sister and I've lived here with her and her agent Rambling family estate Dogwood since my fiance died in a horrible accident more than 35 years ago, all of cape Carolina thinks I have lost my mind and I'm sure I'd rather dress like queen Elizabeth or where a fascinator than be myself. And I might tell you I'm at the ball, not the church picnic, but how much of this is real and how much of it is an act. Only I know and the thing about being the eccentric aunt who everyone thinks is crazy, you tend to hear things, see things that others do not. And one thing I can see is how much my...

Amelia is hurting, Parker phased into and sometimes when people are in pain, they can finally find their way back to where they belong. But I'm as usual getting a bit ahead of myself. Wait, wait. I think there's something coming from the great Beyond for me. So she really is like coming from something common. I'm not quite sure you guys, everyone out there as you can see Ellen, she is, she is coming from the Great Beyond. Wait, you guys, Sorry, I do not want to be like here, can you see me? Yeah. Okay. Okay. Okay. Okay. Hello everyone. Do you think I'd let Christie wins and harvey tell the story without me. Absolutely not. I'm gonna can basin and it might have died three years ago, but I'm still very much a part of the story. You see, I, I have some secrets before I passed and one of them involved was Amelia who and I'm just being honest, here was always a little jealous of sure I had everything I ever wanted. Almost everything. But anyone with eyes can see the Parker still carried a torch for the girl next No one knew he loved me with all his heart. It doesn't matter now though, doesn't it? But matt, there's that. I left my journals behind and Parker is about to find out the truth about a few things that will change his life. And I just pause here. I give a huge welcome to our dear friends, conviction. Friends made Ralston, Ellen. I've been guest on our show before. They will certainly be here again. But tonight they are Parker and Greer and we're so thrilled to have them. And of course I am thrilled to have my mom Beth Woodson um here to be my blogging partner, All design chic. So welcome you guys and thank you for being a part of this great celebration of Ellen. Ellen has no internet but she made it on for a minute. So that's I mean Christie she is coming to us from the Great Beyond just being a little judgy about the wifi connection from the Great Beyond. You're absolutely right. I believe this is the point where I'm supposed to remind you. Stop interrupting you. Maybe the author but we have a mystery solved tonight. Young lady you run a very tight ship kristen That's Amelia sal intertwined. Beginning on page one when Amelia finds out her marriage is over the same day. Her modern love peace appears in the new york times. And yes, it is a piece about her thoroughly modern love with her amazing husband bad and their decision not to have Children. It's not really what Amelia wants. It's the life she thought she was fainted for. But there are lots of different ways to become a mother aren't there? And Amelia is about to come face to face with one of them. You remember that fertility clinic I mentioned I came here as a reporter to find out what happens to embryos deemed abandoned but instead I found something that turned my world upside down there on a list. I definitely shouldn't have been looking at where the names of two people I knew. Well Parker phased in and his wife, Greer Greer had died three years ago but her embryos, the ones she had created with Parker, we're still here. It was May 16 2016. I knew by then that I was done and I drove to the fertility connect to visit my embryos. The embryos parker and I decided to freeze when we thought there was still hope. Uh huh. Uh Oh ghosts have such a hard time talking. There was a future. They were just cells but they already seem to have their own personalities. One looks like a beautiful flower about there and when a ladybug they remind they never would be they would be yet another decision park would have to make. Once I was gone the day Amelia told me about the embryos which have been deemed abandoned because the morons of fertility center had spent the last three years calling Rears phone, everything changed. It was such a mix of emotions. I was alone. Really truly alone but I wasn't was I Amelia was here looking at me like she wanted to fix everything. And what if she could. I mean I know that wasn't the role she was intended to play in my life, but what a familia who who had known my whole life could carry those embryos to term. I was the one who offered given my history with both parker and Greer. Well maybe it was the right thing. Maybe it was the only thing or maybe it...

...was a huge mistake. I want what's best for parker to of course may is my daughter. But I love parker face in like a son still. How do I walk my watch my daughter walk down a road like this, a road that can end in so many different versions of regret and sadness. And how can I stand by and pretend I don't see the way that a million parker look at each other. Sometimes I'm not blind a choice like this. Well maybe it's way forward, but maybe it's also something that destroys any chance of a future together. All I want is happiness for these Children, happiness and a refill of our sweet tea please. In all seriousness, I worry that Parker and Amelia are making a mistake. The life is built on mistakes, isn't it? This mess perfect and filled with good intentions and somehow when people's hearts during the right place, they wind up on the right path. After all, I'm trying not to interfere. But I worry and in all that worry, I wonder whether things will really turn out right for any of us. Children worrying is a waste of time. But maybe that's easy for me to say. You see for years now I have been carrying a secret that would change everything for Parker and Amelia, I am not quite ready to reveal it yet but I will be or maybe not, who knows. But on the firm believer that things happen when they're meant to happen, how they're meant to happen. And maybe just maybe all of our fates have been written in the stars all along. You'll have to pick up under the Southern Sky if you hope to learn Antilles secrets and what happens with Amelia Parker and The Last Legacy of Greer. But before we end our obviously spectacular play, like with life doesn't turn out the way you think it will. You just sound like patty thing. But if you do your best to follow your heart, you might wind up exactly where you're meant to be. And sometimes the end of something is a beautiful beginning. And sometimes the legacy we leave behind is one released imagined. Thank you so much to my friends and Fiction sisters and especially to my mom and to wait at Ellen for joining us today. They were spectacular where they leave us. So, Um, we take a minute to have them share their next books. Ellen, I'm gonna let you go first since your wife is so spotty. You're our golden girls. You tell us about your golden. Thank you. OK, will be very brief. And who knows if anyone will even hear this now. The gold girl comes out June one. It's about a Nantucket novelist who is killed on page on the NRA's accident. She leaves behind three almost grown Children goes, she goes up to beyond and she has allowed three nudges and she's able to watch public school blow for the summer. She can influence the outcome three different times. And I hope you love it. And thank you so much for having me. Honestly, I'm so honored. Thanks for your rocks. Thank you for hanging in there, tip of the hat. Thanks for coming. We appreciate it. I appreciate it. Okay, and I have already had a chance to read wade's latest beautiful violet shipment novel called The Clever Girls, which is coming May 18th. It is so beautiful. It's so well read and I could not put it down. So can you tell us a little bit about the clever girls? Sure. It's about four very different girls who become best friends at summer camp in the 19 eighties. And then as we all understand life in adulthood, distances them until one of the friends is diagnosed with the terminal illness at the age of 50 and she reaches out to Oliver Friends and ask that they returned to camp in order to reclaim their friendship. Um, the women they once were in the dreams that they once had and you know, I think this is an ode to not only friendship, but also forgiveness. And as we've learned the last year of the fragility of life. Um, and if you have a best friend, I think this is the book for you. You know, my grandma, Viola Shipman, my pen name always said life is as short as one blank of God's eye. And too often in that blank, we forget what's important. And we've all learned the last year. It's family faith and as you all so beautifully signify every week, it's friendship. So, it's a story of friendship that you all bring to...

...life. And I thank you for having me Christie you and mary Alice provided beautiful endorsements for the book. So, um, I can't ever thank you enough. And I have to say not just congratulations on your launch week, but congratulations on what I think is one of the best books of the year. Um it touched me deeply and you know, this is really, it redefines what family is to all of us. So I hope everybody picks up the copy. That's so nice. Like I wanna cry a little bit. Thank you so much for saying that we really appreciate you being here. Was so excited to see you pop on and you look so handsome. But I mean you just such a good job. Really thank you. You are so wonderful. We love you. We're so glad that you could be a part of this and I'm so happy you could be here to celebrate. Um and for everybody out there we hope that you'll add Ellen and waits new novels to your tvr list along of course with the upcoming novels of mary Kay mary Alice and christian, which we'll be talking about a ton in the coming weeks. They're all fabulous all of these books as well as Under the Southern Sky and waits books and Ellen's books and patty's just released Surviving Semana are available now through saturday at Book Town for 10% off using the Code Friends. And don't forget that every purchase of Under the Southern Sky from Book Town gets you a free pair of our fabulous friends and fiction classes don't beat without them this summer. All right. We have plenty more questions for Christie about under the southern sky. But let's let's wait and beth bow out for now. Um, They've probably been subjected to enough of us. Thank you. Thank you so much. You. It's good to see you better than well now. Uh All right. Bye week. Alright. So, and I just have to give some kudos to Ellen for going all in on the messages from the beyond. I mean, that was all right. She longer racking there. But it was like we really had our wiki board out. I like that. All right. So now that you've all witnessed a bit of the book in action, we have some questions for Christie to but we would also love to ask her your questions if you have some. So, if you have a question for Christie, drop it now in the comments and don't forget to take the which character and I quiz and drop your character number in the comments to in just a few minutes if we have time you'll be learning which which character that you are most similar to. Um And if we don't have time again, we will post those after the show. Um But we will be going to win prizes to post your number. There are prizes to host. So whether we actually announce them during the show or do that afterwards, you have to have entered your your character number, you know, which which you get 1234 or five in the comments to be eligible for a prize. So make sure you do that too. And as we said, very scientific. It will guide the rest of your life decisions. It will it will be a big moment for all of you. Like back for now, that's my voice is, you know, for now it's our turn to ask Christie the things we're dying to know. And I'm going to start us off because I want to Christie you told us a little bit about this book that it was a case of a few story ideas coming together for you. Could you talk a little bit about that? Yeah, absolutely. So for one thing I don't know about you guys, but I keep lots of different story ideas on my computer at all times, and they're like little post it notes, Just convenient places where I cannot ever find them basically. Like wherever is a hard place that I can't find it, that's where it is. Um And so this is probably, I don't know, probably 20, 2018 2019, I guess it was 2019, um feels like following was finished and I was getting ready to start working on my new project. And I had two ideas, one about some, you know, what people do with their frozen embryos and they don't need them anymore. And then one about a man whose life does not go according to plan, and he ends up becoming a single father through a surrogate. And then I had a couple of other ideas too. But a few years earlier, you know, a friend had given me this first idea because she and her husband were trying to figure out what to do with their left over frozen embryos. And they were having a really hard time struggling to make that decision. And she said, you know, you should write a book about this. And quite often when someone says you should write a book about this, we're like and great, good idea, but this actually was such a good idea and I knew it at the time, but I just hadn't gotten to it yet, and it's been several years. And so um right as I was getting ready to have that call, you know that we all sometimes have with our agent like what should I do next? Which one do you think? Another friend called to tell me that she had just delivered a baby and that it was a surrogate that she had delivered from, you know,...

...delivered the baby and the father of the embryos had lost his wife three years earlier, her five years earlier. And in real life, three years in my story. Um and that he decided to have their Children with a surrogate and so are their child with a surrogate. So I just thought that was um absolutely an amazing story, and you know, sometimes the universe kind of like whispers in your ear, and this time I was like, okay, well that's two of my stories kind of clumped together, and this is the story, and she called to say, you have to write a book about this, it's so good. So, um it took me a while to figure out what the story was actually going to be, but here we are. So, it was it was kind of a case of a lot of things coming together. That's amazing and it's such it's such a great book. I mean I just I hope everyone here gets a chance to read it. So Christie you were writing this book during a really extraordinary time in your life and also an extraordinary time in the world. Can you tell us what was going on behind the scenes while you were writing under the southern sky and how that affected the story? Um Well, a couple of different things. So at the beginning of when I was writing this story, hurricane Florence has just come through carteret County, we were living um in like a million different rental houses all over the place. So we were laughing because we were like all of the possessions that we have left or in four great bends and we just carry on gray bends from like house house and you know, VR video DVR video and friend's house to friends house and wherever we can find a crash. So it was a very like uprooted time for me. There was not a lot of like, oh I'm going to go to my office and write my book now, it was like, oh God, where are we going to live today? I mean it was very grateful. Um but one of those houses where we did love kind of inspired this story because it was at the end of this beautiful peninsula. Um and the house was not this big rambling family home, like Dogwood in the story, it was just a little bit house, but um but it was it was cute and the setting really did help inspire the story. Um and then you know after that we moved straight into the pandemic. So it was there was a lot going on as there have been for all of us as we've been writing these past couple of years. Um and so I do think that the story, no, a lot of the ways that the losses and things like that kind of come through in this story were because of, you know, everything that was going on in the world at the time. But also, you know, I wanted to write something that I tend to write, you know, happy books. I like to have like to have a happy ending and um it was a book that may be happy while I was writing it, even though there's some sad parts, it was a really, really fun book to write. And it was kind of my escape during all of that. That's awesome. You know, it's so amazing that we can look back at the books we write and think about the place we were when we wrote them, right. And, and then things are falling apart all around us. Often the books of the Touchstone, right? Come back to it, back to it. It's the one thing that's not going crazy. Well, one of my favorite parts of this book was lots of things, but how distinctly southern it was. I know that I texted you when I finished it, first of all, to tell you how much I loved it, how much it touched me. And I said that's how you do it because from the church picnic to the pimento cheese, to the sweet tea, but it was way beyond cliche. It was the way they talk to each other, the things that mattered to them. So I want to know how much you relied on your own upbringing to do that, How much of it was on purpose and how much was it just who you are? Um this is such a good question. And I do remember you were like the lemon squares at church. Yeah, Yeah. And you know, it's so funny because those are things that I truly do not think about. Like, I never sit down and think, oh, I want to make the southerner, it needs to sound southern. It's just how I grew up. And so when I'm writing, you know, these certain things, I'm not thinking that their southern, in fact, when my first book came out, well, my first book had like this real southern dialect to it, so I kind of knew it was gonna be like Southern, but my second book came out it really didn't. And I remember everyone being like Southern fiction, Southern fiction and I was like, what does it really, Southern fiction? And then like, you know, like of course it is, because that's just what I know. And so it's kind of how I write and I just infuse those things into the story and I don't even really think about them. So um yeah, it is funny though to like to think now about how so many of those things are kind of southern cliches, but they're cliches because they're true. Yeah, but you also went like, way past a cliche, right? Anybody can put in sweet tea and anybody can put in a bless your heart, but the authenticity is just woven throughout in a million threads. Yeah. Thank you. Yeah, that's so true. So Christie, I know you're super smiling, Christie, I know you're really close to your family and we all just got to meet your mom, which how great it wasn't...

...that awesome. So Christie you wrote in your parade column this week that they show up on every page. You write that your family kind of infuses your work. Can you tell us a little bit about your family and how they influence the story? Um, I think one of the things that most influenced it was my mom and her sisters and kind of like their closeness and um, you definitely see that with Elizabeth and Tilly in particular. I mean Elizabeth is dead set. I mean she is not dying until Tilly does. Like that's the way it's going to be because someone has to take care of her, not that she's not like dying in the book, but you know what I mean? How do you keep? It'll take care of myself. I feel like I need to watch over you because you're like gaga Well actually that's true even in real life, you know, and I think we'll find out as the story goes on, Some things that these sisters share that are way beyond what it sort of even appears at first glance. And so um you know, they do have that will shared history and that just connection to each other into this place that they grew up to this town that raised them, that has become their family. Um and I also think, you know, friends, I mean, I think this book is a lot about like best friends who really become your family and I'm so lucky to have this, I got to see some of them tonight. Um my my exciting and I'm so lucky to get to have that too. And that friendship really shows up on the page and just growing up with someone, I mean even Parker and Amelia, they're not best friends and in fact he's kind of the annoying kid next door to her but they know each other and they understand each other in a way that other people really can't because they've known each other since, you know before they were grown ups before the world told them who they were supposed to be. So um see all those different types of family in this story, this is where I need to stop everything and remind everyone to order under the southern sky from Book Town in Manasquan, New Jersey. The link is under announcements. There it is, and then you get a free pair of those fabulous FN f shades to wear on your trip under the southern sky because your future is so bright, you're gonna need shades. Yes, so Christie the five of us talked constantly about how much we love this incredible friends and fiction community and now we absolutely do. So we have a few members of our beautiful community who wanted to pop on to tell you how much they loved under the Southern Sky. And then we're gonna take live questions from our viewers to make sure to drop your questions in. Now if we have if you have them so stuff. Hi Cristi. It's lisa. I am so excited for the release of Under the Southern Sky. I absolutely loved this book. Congratulations. I can't wait for the world to discover the brilliance that is under the Southern sky. The way that you capture the heart of your characters is unmatched. And fans will fall in love with the stories of Greer, Amelia and Parker. I'm so excited for you. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world. Congratulations. And I can't wait until we can all meet under the Southern Sky. Exactly what's in Harvey's brilliantly tackles love, life and loss and Under the Southern Sky, a stellar edition to her list of work. Her writing simply brings me joy. She has this wonderful way of creating characters that you just fall in love with their charming, they're funny and in this particular book she tackles some very heavy emotions. It's a tour de force novel. You're going to love it Under the Southern Sky by Christie Woodson. Harvey is an amazing book that will find a special place in your heart and will stay there forever. I absolutely adore this book, the themes that run very deep into this book or family friendship. Second chances in love. I rooted, cheered, laughed and cried for Amelia Parker and the other characters. Congratulations Christiane, an amazing book. Hi, I'm Brenda Gartner, the co host of the Friends and Fiction official Book Club. I wanted to take a minute to tell you about under the southern sky. Christy Willson Harvey's wonderful new novel. What I love about it is it explores not only contemporary issues but classic issues of loss and finding your way. I thought it was fabulous and I know you love it. Oh that is so nice. You lisa Dallas and ISA and Brenda. That was so wonderful.

I love it. It's amazing. Thank you. Thank you. Oh, that was so great. So now it is time for some other group members to get their questions answered lives. So mary, Kay, do you want to start us off? Yeah, well Sharon person says she's heard a rumor that Christie is going to have a historical fiction novel. Is that true? Not only is it true, but I met someone at my election today that, like, I really needed to talk to about this book, which is really cool. Um yeah, so I won't talk about it too much because it's, you know, a while from now, but 2022 it's a it's a historical contemporary. So we have a contemporary storyline and a historical storyline about Edith and cornelia Vanderbilt, this was the first mistress of any more estate, and it's about their real life wedding veil that magically disappeared and kind of, my interpretation of what might have happened to it in the future. But really it's just about these amazing women and the lives they lead and who they were. So yeah, and it's so funny how, you know, we were we talk about this all the time about how things just come into our path. And I was suddenly really briefly about this book today, and a woman came to me after and she was like, I can help you. And I was like, oh my gosh, because I had just been saying to you guys, I have to have someone to fact check this book for me because I've done all this research planet, panicked about it. So anyway, it was great. It was very fortuitous to meet her today, wow. And then the question about it tonight, it's like the universe is training. Can you Sharon? I feel like whenever we commit to something, a story, it all happens to all of us. It's like these little we're a magnet and all these little filaments come in. I know it's crazy because I feel like they really do lead us on our way. I mean, especially the third little breadcrumbs. Yeah, it's just it's just incredible. Okay, Michelle Marcus wants to know, could you see yourself? I actually think this is kind of brilliant. Could you see yourself writing annabella of one of the characters from this book and if you did who would it be? Oh my gosh, that's such a good question. Um So I think Aunt Tilly for sure because I think she's fascinating and she has like there was a lot of her backstory that like I know up here that I couldn't really put in the book because she's not a protagonist. So she would be a really interesting character just to see her, especially her younger years and how she got to where she is today. Um And then also I think that Parker's brother Mason, like he had a really big story or an interesting story that I really thought. Yeah, like I could have, I don't know, I mean it might be interesting to see someone like who's involved with him or you know, something like just something of his life ends up turning out good question though. Thanks Michelle like that. That was a great Christy. I don't know if you've been following the comments at all, but your website was very briefly down. It's now it's now back up. I makes getting broke the internet with your character quiz awesome. I think it just went out for a couple of minutes. It's back. But I really don't know. I think you broke the internet Christie. I really don't know. I don't know what's happening here. All right. That is a launch day goal break the internet way to go. So speaking of the character quiz, I do think we're going to have time to do that. So, So, uh, let me see. All right, stick around. We will have your quiz results and Christie's generous giveaway in just a minute. So this is your very last chance to put your quiz results in the comments to be eligible for a prize. So just drop your numerical results 1234 or five. Um And ladies, this is your warning patty and mary. Kay to retrieve your headwear for. We'll be playing our roles once more while you're doing that. Ron wants to know who would play parker and Amelia in the movie and like I think wait, don't really play parker obviously because he just christian. I was gonna say I never I mean like I will save the wardrobe department like $3. So yeah, I feel like this is really easy and you would probably be a good deal to since you know, in the acting world you're not as well. There is some of the other people. All right, that's my that is my cue to talk about. Our partners. Page one books is a book subscription package that pairs all of your reading hopes and dreams with the insightful pics of real life indie booksellers. You can find out more about page one on our Friends and Fiction facebook page and you can use the code Fab five all caps for 10% off. If you are a new...

...subscriber and for your snacks on the porch or the beach, pack up your Mama Geraldine's cheese straws or you know those key lime color little cookie deals. I love those. The pecan Sandy Minis, They're good too. So, um they're so good. You know, not even even your book club is not going to know that you didn't make them remember to use code Fab five for 2020% off at Mama Geraldine's dot com. And the Friends and fiction. Official Book Club will be reading Christie's Under the Southern Sky starting this week. So if you have not yet joined the official Book club led by Brenda Gartner and lisa Harrison, it is so much fun, I was just there monday night and it gives you lots of extra insights into our books and we, we talk about you guys get to ask live questions and spend the whole hour talking in a different way than we do here and speaking of insights into books, make sure you join us next Wednesday etcetera, yep it's and only chris Bohjalian, he is the author of 2018 the flight attendant which has been made into a hugely popular HBO max series starring Kaley CUoco and his upcoming stunner, Our of The Witch our of the Witch that's kind of a tongue twister is amazing, I read it, I switched. Its stunning, I think it's, it's one of his best books and I'm a huge fan. Um I promise you'll adore him as much as we do. You will, you will also have a chance to welcome a friend of mine is sunday to the show. Me Behind the Books bonus. So on sunday at five p.m. Eastern will post are fascinating interview with Vietnamese poet win fan quit my, whose first novel, written in english, which is her second language, has truly swept the world. I know it's incredible. I cannot wait to talk to her about that. And um, I would like to extend a special offer to you guys. Um she is going to be giving away a book with a signed book plate to one lucky winner. Um, so to be entered, just tune in sunday at Five Eastern and leave a comment. Any comment just to let us know you were there. We'll draw a winner on monday night for that give away. And this is such a beautiful book. It was on so many lists in 2020. Um, it's just stunning and I cannot wait to dig in with her. Um, it's an interview you will not want to miss about culture. Lost secrets, hidden history. Um, she's just phenomenal. Um, and now because I know you are all on the edges of yourself. I'm sorry, Christy. You're gonna thank book down. I'm skipping ahead of you. Oh yes. Um, so thank you. Used to book town for being our bookseller this evening and they're offering 10% off of all of our books with the Code Friends and awesome sunglasses with the purchase of under the southern Sky. That's right. And now because we know that you've just been waiting for this all evening. The moment that will guide the rest of your life decisions under the Southern Sky quiz results your new life begins here. Yeah. All right. So here's how the prizes will work. If you've entered your character number in the comments, meg is gonna pull the winners and I'll be reading them along with each character profile. So I read your name. Would you please drop me a message on facebook? That would be amazing. Um, if you scored mostly once on my highly scientific quiz, you are a fairly low key but driven, an empathetic person who believes you can change the world and you know when, when the going gets tough, the tough call their mama. Yes, you're me Amelia Saxton, the brat and determined journalist. Find in that cluster of embryos belonging to Greer and Parker sets this whole tail in motion and it might just end up leading to the greatest story of my life. That's so good. Okay. And the winner of the candle and bag for a number one is Christina. Palmer square is mostly two's on my quiz. You're a bit of a home body abuse. Family tradition is the highest form of happiness. And who would sacrifice anything at all from the people closest to you That said, you have a tendency to get a little too far into people's business. You might be like uh me Elizabeth Saxton. Amelia's mother. I have lived in my family's home, Dogwood on the end of a peninsula in Cape Carolina almost my entire life when we were just schoolgirls, my best friend Olivia and our dream that we would grow up live next door to each other and have babies who would grow up to get married. So we could be family, real family. So imagine my surprise all these years after that dream disappeared when Amelia shows up with Olivia's son, Parker. And a secret. Oh my goodness! The winner of # two is Ashley Hauser. If you've chosen, Yeah. Actually, if you chose mostly threes, you are strong kinds, low maintenance and empathetic...

...to a fault and you are the most introverted character in our cast. But perhaps the most soulful of as well. Of course we have left us a little bit earlier. But the threes are parker phased in when he lost his wife were his world totally completely stopped. And the only thing that gets him through his journals left behind by Greer and maybe just maybe those journals will have vital secrets to impart. So the winner of our threes is Tracy smith Tracy. Now our number four's are most extroverted characters who are always up for a good time. Everything R four's do they do with all their hearts? Whether it's work, play love or give back. If you got mostly fours you're like Greer played by Ellen. She was fearless fun, brilliant and totally put together much like Ellen herself. And as you now know, Greer has head secrets that Parker does not know about Including a huge one with my Amelia before she died, Greer thought about destroying her journals but she's decided against it because well Parker deserves to know that he's about to find out. I think that's still Greer messing with us from the two. I know. I think it was like a delay. I wasn't Okay. Our number four winner is our own lisa Harrison. I yeah. Um Okay. And last but not least if you're one of our five, you might just be my favorite. You're an enigma to most people, but the ones who love you best, the ones you decided to actually lead inside know that you are a font of wisdom and give good advice and maybe just maybe are a really excellent cook. Um and if you're mostly five, you're like me, Aunt Tilly and I do so love this town of cape Carolina that has accepted me just as I am. They don't tell me I'm delusional except behind my back. They just they just joined in on the fun. I know my niece Emilia perhaps better than anyone in the world. My sister Elizabeth and her friend of Olivia always try to fix her life. But I know her heart and I've been saving my secrets up for a rainy day when they're most needed and once I let Amelia in on them, I might just change her life. No winner of number five is someone that I love. So much urgency. Quality. Right? That's so awesome. Well, thanks for playing along y'all. I hope that you'll you not only have fun finding yourself on this quiz but also that you'll find something to connect with deeply in the pages of under the southern sky. Oh, I know you will. If you've read Christie before, you already know and love her. But this book, this book is something special. We are so proud of her for what she's achieved here. It's an incredible book and I cannot wait for all of you out there to get your hands on it too. Please if you have not ordered it already and you think you might consider doing it Tonight sometime this week because those first week sales are so important. And don't forget that you can snag this free pair of fabulous friends and fiction shades if you place your order through our friends at book town with code friends, which also gets you 10 off now. Just one more question for our Christie before we go Christy, what a difference a year makes, right? I mean in some ways and also some not here we are another pandemic launch. But can you tell us about our launch last year with Friends and fiction and your launch this year? Were they? You know, just a little bit different, a little bit different even though we're still kind of a weird year, I did at least get sick. I've gotten to come out and do some tour events, which has been so great. Um, and virtual events, you know, have not been panicky. Like last year was like, oh my God, I don't know what's google, whatever, I don't know how to do that one. Um so it's been, it's just kind of old hat now the virtual is the old hat and um we clearly no longer have tech issues and friends and fictions that sailing all the way, never, never all the way. Um so anyway, no, but it has been a really great year. It's been so great to see everybody out on the road and just having this friends and fiction community. I mean, we were in your infancy last year and I was actually like filming from like a little studio in Beaufort because I could, I was so nervous that like, it wasn't gonna work and I had someone like a tech person doing it for me. So, um now I'm in a hotel room, so it's great, but but probably the best part is just having all of you, you're such good friends to me. I'm so grateful for all of your support you guys. I mean I cannot even tell you all of you out there are friends of fiction viewers, yours as...

...well as my incredible, amazing author, friends who have just taken this book like it was your own and and put it launched into the world. So I am incredibly grateful. And I cannot thank you enough and I cannot wait to repay the favor. We love you and we love the boat. Yes, it's a great book. We're so excited for everyone to read it. So, congratulations again, Christie on the launch this week of Under the Southern Sky. We will see all of you next or this sunday for our bonus with Vietnamese, poet and novelist. Win fan quit my thanks again. Congratulations Cristi and goodnight, congratulations everyone. Mhm. Mhm. Thank you for tuning in, Join us every week on Facebook or YouTube, where our live show airs every Wednesday night at seven p.m. eastern time. And please subscribe to our podcast and follow us on instagram. We're so glad you're here, Yeah.

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