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Sunday Bonus Episode: Friends & Fiction with Susan Boyer

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Join Kristy, Patti & Mary Kay as they sit down with USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award winning author Susan M. Boyer to chat about her Liz Talbot Lowcountry Mystery series (now 10 titles strong!) and her wildly popular Lowcountry Book Club group on Facebook. https://www.susanmboyer.com

Welcome to Friends and Fiction. Fivebest selling authors and the stories. Novelists, mary Kay andrews, ChristineHarmel, Christie Woodson, harvey patty Callahan, Henry and mary Alice Munroare five longtime friends with more than 80 published books to their creditIn 2020 they created friends and fiction to provide author interviewsand fascinating insider. Talk about publishing and writing and to highlightindependent bookstores. These friends discuss the books, they've written thebooks they're reading now and the art of storytelling. If you love books andyou're curious about the writing world, you're in the right place. Yeah. Hi everyone and thank you for thissunday. Oh it's so funny with just the three of us. Look at us. So thanks forjoining us on a sunday for a special behind the book episode of Friends inFiction. I'm Christie Woodson harvey and I'll be your host. I'm paddyCallaghan. I'm mary Kay Andrews And this is friends in fiction today wedon't get our names mixed up when it's just it's just the three of us. Right?There's no awkward because of like wait, who's next alphabetically. We really,y'all we nailed this go us. That was our best introduction and 80 episodes.Uh huh. Today we are so excited to be talking to a good friend of all of ourSusan Boyer, the USa Today, bestselling author of the Liz Talbott series andfounder of a group. I'm sure a lot of you know the incredibly popularfacebook group, Low country Book Club and you all know that supportingindependent booksellers is the beating heart of what we do. It's what we saidwe would do when we founded Friends and Fiction and this week we are supportinga favorite of all of ours. We all visit them every time we have a book out andthat's Foxtail Book Shop in charming Woodstock Georgia. They have created aone stop shop landing page for all of our new releases including Susan's andour Wednesday night guest. This past week, Vanessa Riley. The link will beavailable on our facebook page but for now we're so excited to welcome ourcharming guest Susan Boyer. Susan Mboya, we'll ask her what the M stands formagnetic marmalade marmalade. I I don't know, no, isn't sent. Susan is theauthor of the USA Today, Bestselling Liz Talbott mystery series. She wasblessed with a quintessential small town girlhood and has had a lifelongaffair with books. She's grateful to have been gifted with an overactiveimagination. She was one of those Children whose teachers were alwaystelling her mama she needed her talents to be channeled. I wonder if herteacher stopped told her to stop...

...visiting with her neighbors. Anyway,Susan's been making things up and writing them down her whole life. Her debut novel, Low Country boil, wonthe 2012 or 2012 Agatha Award for Best first novel. That's really impressive.That's kind of amazing. The Daphne Dem or Award for Excellence in Mystery andSuspense and several other award nominations. The third book in thisseries, Low Country Bone Yard was a Killer Spring 2015 Southern IndependentBooksellers Award, Okra Pick. And was shortlisted for the 2016 Pat ConroyBeach Music Mystery Prize. Low Country Book Club was the Summer 2016 Ciba OkraPick and was shortlisted for the Southern Book Prize in mystery andDetective fiction. That is just a lot of amazing awards that Yeah, well,especially, you know, when you think about having a series that has right,we're going to talk to her about this, but it's just it's amazing to reallythink about, you know, that kind of longevity in the series and all thoseamazing awards. There are currently 10 bucks in the list. Talbot series, LizTalbott and Nate Andrews will have a new case that we're going to be talkingto Susan about soon. Susan loves beaches. She's currently at pawleysIsland, Southern food and small southern towns for everyone knowseveryone and everyone has crazy relatives. You'll find all of the abovein her novels. She lives in north Carolina with her husband and spendsevery second she can on the Carolina coast. I thought you lived in southCarolina. We're gonna have to talk about thissituation. Talk about this. Oh no, she moved back to north Carolina I think.All right. At any rate, we'll ask her Sean bring Susan on. Hi Susan. Hello. Hello north Carolinaor south Carolina? Clear it up. Okay, so it's South Korea. It was SouthCarolina for 30 some odd years because you're in Greenville. I was in greenball and, and Mount pleasant for a while. But we lived in south Carolinafor a long time. I've lived in south Carolina longer than north Carolina.But um, we recently moved back to rowan county because uh, to be closer to myparents. That's so great and what a great place to live. I'm gonna talkabout this a little bit later. But Susan and I are both from roman county,which is, wow, so crazy. And really that's a small, small world. It is asmall world. Well, Susan, we are so thrilled to have you here and thank youfor joining us tonight. Oh, thank you for having me, Susan. We're so happyyou're here. I think the last time I saw you was doing the book club. Soit's happy that to flip the tables on you. Um we have all been guests ofyours at the past in the Low Country Book Club and you have created one ofthe kindest, most supportive corners of...

...the internet. Before you tell us aboutthe idea for the Low Country Book Club, What does the m stand for Michelle?It's my middle name. Okay. I must say that's awesome. So tell us about youridea like how what was the origin of the Low Country Book Club? How did itget started? You know, I'm a little embarrassed to say this because it wasit was an accident. Um you know, I started out with a group of uh, ofreaders who enjoyed my books and we talked about my books and it was justmy little corner to be there with them and be accessible to them. And itstarted growing and you know, after we got through talking about my books, Imean we were all reading a lot more books and there was just nothing elseto say about the current release that I had. And so I started talking aboutwhat I was reading and then they started talking about what they werereading. And suddenly we were talking about all of your books and and otherfolks books and books that we all loved. And there was just this commonality ofof what everybody liked to read. And so I changed the name of the group fromLiz Talbott's Book Club to Low Country Book Club. And we just kept on doingwhat we were doing, talking about about the books that we loved. And it wasvery organic because people just joined um you know, they told a friend or orwhatever. And One day I just woke up and there were more than 10,000 peoplein there and I'm like, how did this happen? So it was an accident, but ahappy accident. I love it, I have so much fun with it and having all of youof course, and I think that's a little bit what happened to us, right? There's,you know, when you go, when you start to gather readers, they're justcommunity, just builds on community and builds on community. Um, so if thefacebook gods are correct, you started the group in 2000 and 18, so it is avery active for those of you out there, It is a very active book club. How doyou keep things? Maybe it's a selfish question. How do you keep things sofresh and keep people coming back day after day and then balance your ownwriting with managing this active group. So advice and how are you doing it? Wereally brought you on today, we're just gonna steal your brain for a littletiny bit. You know, I have help and and you know, I couldn't possibly do it allmyself. Um I I spent time in that group every day chatting with people andcommenting and responding and and that kind of thing. But um and and and Ipost there every day but I have helped with you know graphics and things likethat, like most folks do and I have helped um managing and monitoring thegroup because otherwise I would never...

...have time to write and you know I haveto do that of course, so I have help. I mean it's I could never spread myselfthat then. So we're having had a twin who you kept fuck up and then they didthe work. So no, I have an assistant. Her name is mary Ann and she's awesome.I don't think she ever sleeps but I do not have a clone. I wish I did. I couldor twins hey he was in speaking of writing, I was just blown away that thetemps Liz Talbott book in the series, Low country boughs of holly released indecember. When you began that series, Liz Talbott, did you foresee it lastingthis long? I really planned for it to be a series. Uh and in the beginning Iwanted to write one series and and I just wanted to write a bunch of booksbecause I love long series. I love getting invested in characters and thecharacters sort of becoming your friend that you want to revisit and I lovereading those things that I can go back and visit the same characters over andover again and they're like old friends. And so I really, I wanted to write aseries that was just one series that I wrote a bunch of books in. Now. I havea few other ideas, but I still want to write, listen Nate because I enjoy them.Could you tell us a little bit about the publishing path for the first onein the series? Oh wow, that was right. Yeah, Low country boil was the firstone. That was that was interesting. It was, it was a rough path. You know, I Ihad been working for a ladies apparel company and it went out of business andmy husband and I decided I could give the writing thing ago and so I startedworking on that book and it took me a long time to get it polished, you know,where I felt like I could submit it and then, you know, that was submitting itto agents. And when I first started submitting that book to agents, most ofthem were still paper queries. So we were typing letters and mailing themwith the self addressed stamped envelope. Still, uh, that was uh Yeah,did you? I would have thought it was in like, 20 11, I mean, it wasn't thatlong ago. It's like, not, I mean, I would think that it would have been allemail at that point. And I remember having new letterhead made and I waslike, for sure if I get really nice letterhead and I spent a lot of moneyon it, I'll get an agent. And I did like, like, because then I wouldn'tneed it, you know? So I had all this letterhead, but like, I didn't need, sothat was that's my tip. and going to Kinkos. Remember we would go to Kinko'sand uh, yeah, I remember going to the post office. Yeah, yeah. Now you justgo, sorry season. Yeah, that's okay. So, so she was finally found an agent. Shewas no, the first one was going out on submission and she went on sick leaveand didn't come back. And so they moved...

...me to a different agent. And he hadeditorial context with folks that did like, uh, I don't know, urban fantasyand things like that. So not the same stuff. And you know, eventually I just,I was just, I was so ready to have this book out in the world and I knew of asmall press that was just starting up and I thought this would be a good idea.I sent it to the editor, she loved it. And so the agent sort of talked to herand he worked me through the contract and all that. But then we sort ofparted ways soon after that. And um and so I went with a small boutiquepublisher for mysteries for the first book and then just ended up being withthem for a while and actually just have wrapped up the 10 books that I will dowith that publisher. Uh um you know, in his theories like this one that's beenWhat 10 years, you've built a really loyal following. And I and I've I'vebeen in that place to I did a eight, I did a book series and I know thosereaders have a lot of opinions about your protagonist, Liz is choices. Howmuch do you listen to them when you're deciding what's happening in her lifenext? You know, I try to keep them in mind. I try to think about what do myreaders want. I mean I mean of course I have my own ideas but I try not tostray too far from what I think they want because I want them to be happy. Iwant them to keep coming back for more list. So I try to think you know, whatdo they want, what is the book that they want and especially with the mostrecent 1000 holly, I used to I thought about that a lot, you know what is itmy readers want because I knew they wanted a christmas book with Liz and Ijust tried to give them what I thought they wanted and you know that's that'sall I guess you can really do is try but I just try to keep them in mind.Mhm. I love that. Well um I have a short series that's just three books,but I have a christmas book coming out in october and um I started to feelthis huge pressure because I wrote it because people wanted more of theseries and then I started to feel like oh my gosh, what if this is in the bookthey want and what the book was already written and of course I knew the storyI wanted to tell or I would never have I wouldn't have just written a bookjust to write it. Um But I actually went on facebook one day, I was likewhat do you want to make sure you see in christmas and Peachtree blood?Because I thought what if there's like some secondary character that I don'treally think it's unimportant, but they all love or you know what if and anywaymy editor laugh so hard that she was like writing by committee, like such agood idea. That's definitely what used to do. But you know when you have aseries like that that people are really invested in, you do want to give them.I mean obviously it's your story and you're telling what you want to telland advancing in the way you want to, but I think it's so funny that they'relike these little things like there was a dog in the series and um we had sortof killed the dog off and people were...

...like, we want to know what this gets upto. And I was like, oh God, like biscuits dead, we better we betterplaying this way back biscuit funeral. Do we have a biscuit funeral inPeachtree? Well, it's made it work. I just did what little will? Little willwas like, I don't think you should kill off biscuit. We discussed it and he waslike, it was like, I need a biscuit really needs to, you know, still be inthere. So anyway. Well, I do have a question in there somewhere though. Sowhile your novels are technically mysteries, you leave a lot of reallygreat family dynamics and settings into them. And in fact I said this already,but you know, you did grow up in the south, we grew up in the same county,which is so fun. So how do you think your southern upbringing influence yourwriting? Oh, I think it totally influenced it because just the way thatI think, you know the way that that words come to my brain and just the waythat I've uh the way I think it's just, it's completely southern, everything'scompletely southern. The the things my mother put on the table, the things shesaid that the things my grandmother said, you know, just, I don't know, youguys know, I mean everything that is the south, you're sort of like steepedin it, you're sort of marinated in it. And so what comes out of you is justthe same. You know, it's sort of manifest itself in what you and whatyou write because that's just who you are. You sort of answered this, but I don'tknow if there's anything specific you can think of, but do your real lifeexperiences ever make their way into your fiction? You think? Well, some ofthem do actually, especially the ones that are family related now, I alwayssay I don't write about real people and I don't, but but there are glimmers ofmy parents, especially that sort of make their way into these books andLizzy's parents, characters thinks that my dad does. I mean, I don't make himthe character, you know, frank talbot, but I do take things that he's done andweave them into the story and I have a lot of fun with that. He'll never know.He doesn't read novels, but my mom gets a big kick out of it. So in that sense,I've used things that have happened to me. I've never met a killer that I knowof. Um, but I've always enjoyed mysteries. I grew up wanting to benancy drew. That was my very first career goal. My parents frowned on that.But anyway, I, I do use things that are sort of minor things like, um, uh,slice of life things and, and recipes and, you know, things that mom cooksand things that might have happened to church or whatever. I use those things,but the mysteries themselves. Oh, that's made up of whole cloth. None ofthat is anywhere close to true felt when, when you first started thisseries, right in the very beginning, I...

...have a couple questions about it. Iwant to know about the nameless Talbot. We were joking about your middle name,but which goes along with the question, did you know you were going to beliving with her for all of these books? So why did you name or Liz Talbott? Andthen um did you know that this would keep going and going? Was what did youmean for it to be a series? Yeah, I didn't mean for it to be a series. Um,Liz Talbott, I chose that name because I always liked the name, Liz, I don'tknow why I just liked the name and let's Talbot is sort of my avatar, youknow, I sort of live vicariously through her, it's like playing a videogame, I make her do the things that I think I should. I let her do fun thingsI'd like to do. I'd love to live, you have a beachfront house, so she has onebecause I think that would be fun. So I sort of made her my like perfectversion of me and this alternate universe who's younger and thinner andand all that um better, better hair, better skin, better, you know? But umyeah, but Talbot's that last name I took right off the clothing storebecause I love it that time. I was I was curious that that's awesome. Ibought so many clothes there and so I just loved it and I, so, and I stole it.That was just like the church on Sullivan's island. I stole the name,Stella Morris off the church for my, um, you know, so yeah, I swiped things. Um,there's a great book called, um, oh, I'm gonna blank on the real title. Butit's something about that. The best artists steal that. You take things andthen you make them your own. So it's not really stealing. So you know,exactly. You took it and there's nothing new in the world. So that's howyou started. But where do you suggest or recommend your readers start a newreader who's coming to the series. Where do you think they should start?Always at the beginning with low country boil. Um, just because thecharacters lives unfold throughout the series. Now, the mysteries the booksare, are self contained mysteries. There's a self contained mystery inevery book. So you're not going to be lost as far as clues and and and themystery and that kind of thing. But listen Nate their story unfolds, youknow, and and everyone else and that sort of the townspeople, you know, herfamily, her friends, all of that, their lives unfold over the course of theseries. And so I think readers would be missing out if they started in themiddle. Although some tell me they have and they were fine. Um I think they'llbe happier if they start at the beginning. Okay. Do you have more fromledge? I do plan to write more Liz. Um And it's interesting because I Istarted the next list book and then part way through I decided that this uhparticular book needed a different...

...detective and I've had this otherdetective sort of in my mind for a while. And so I started playing withsomething new and and and so I'm working on something new. So exciting.Oh, that's what's next for you. Okay, so there will be more Liz but there'salso a new detective coming up and then I have a women's fiction novel in myhead that I've been playing with for years and I keep saying I'm going towrite but I don't know, I keep gravitating back to the mysteries andso I think it's like the new mystery and then lives and then the women'sfiction book which is loosely based on like 87 things that happened to me inone year. And yeah, get them to like different characters because no onewill believe all these things happen to one person. Hey Susan. One of thequestions most popular questions we are always asked wherever we go, where doyou get your inspiration? You know I get from from everywhere. Itcould just be the tiniest thing that somebody says and it pops into my headand especially with the mysteries. I just, I have this overactiveimagination and I started thinking what if, you know, like, like normal peoplesee things in a certain way. You know, they, and they'll drive by a couplestopped by the side of the road. Uh, and I think I hope they have a cellphone. I hope Triple A is on the way or whatever and I think he's going to killher and drag her off in the woods. It's going to be on the news tomorrow.They're never gonna find your body because that's just the way my headworks. So americans head works. Yeah. This, this I think is a part of asouthern upbringing. It's everything is a catastrophe. Oh, it's not just a tire,it's not just a flat tire. No, I love that. Well, your overactive imaginationhas served us all very well. So thank you for that. Um, and Susan, we have alot of writers on this page and since you obviously have had an incrediblysuccessful career and many, many more great ideas to come, Do you have akiller writing tip that you'd be willing to share with us? Well, I'mcertain I don't have anything that you all haven't already thought of, but Iwill share this because uh, and something patty just said, maybe thinkof it when you, you take things that that happened and you or you take itand you make it your own. Um, I do this shamelessly all the time, things thatpeople say, and I used to have trouble remembering them, you know, becausethings were just popping in my head and I wanted to write it down. But I'm likedoing something where I can't like, you know, write it down or whatever. And sowhat I started doing is keeping notes, like the notes app in my iphone. Um andand it's on my desktop and so like I have one for snippets of conversationthat I over here for for words that I just like that somebody uses that, Ithink, oh, I like that word, I want to...

...use that word, you know? Um or if astory idea pops in my head, I put it all in notes and then they show up onmy desktop when I open my computer and then I remember, oh, I wanted to dosomething with this or wanted to do something with that. And I don't loseas much as I used to lose just by using notes, which I have my phone with menearly all the time. So it's fairly easy to just either type it or dictateit and then I can go back and retrieve it and I'm losing less. We oh we justlost Christie for a second. I'm sure she'll pop back on. So one of myfavorite books on writing is Bird by Bird by an LaMotte. It is such a greatbook. And in there, she's always talking about always have a note padand a pencil with you because you never know. And of course when she wrote thatshe didn't know that we always have this, right? And so I was driving todayand um I pulled over and put some did audio in some notes because I thoughtof something, so I didn't even need a notebook. So I love that tip because wealways think we're definitely going to remember that. And then I think Iremember and I never do but I didn't realize that you could have I mean thisis really dumb and I'm literally seeing it right here. I had no idea that thenotes from your phone could just go straight to your desktop like that. Sothat's so you are wrong. Susan. That is definitely something that that reallyhelps me. I don't know about everybody else but we really ask for writing tipfor us. We don't it's selfish way along with writing tips. We're always lookingto add to our to be read piles and I think one of our favorite things aboutdoing friends in fiction is that we have found books we wouldn't have foundotherwise. We've read books we wouldn't have read otherwise. So what are youreading and Loving lately? Okay so I just finished the one you're with byLauren Kay didn't which I really loved, I loved her she I love that book. Shejust does Family so well and that's actually the first book of course thatI've read but she just relationships so well and I'm thinking now I want to goback and read everything that she's written so I'm looking forward to that.Um I just also finished um what's the book everybody's talking about? Thelast thing he told me and you know and I should know better because in thebeginning it tells you there's a heartbreaking ending and and it is agreat book but there's a heartbreaking ending. I knew that going in and then Iwas disappointed that there was a heartbreaking ending because I likebooks in Happy. So it was a great book but everyone's reading it apparently.But I've told them that when I was...

...reading Ellen Hildebrand's 28 Summersyou know, you know, you're going into it, it's gonna be a heartbreakingending. So I got there were like two chapters left and I just had to put itaway for a little while because I was like I'm not emotionally prepared, Iknow what's coming, like I can't handle it right now, so I'm just gonna have towait and I waited like four days or the last two chapters was okay, you've gotthis, you can do it go mary Kay you talk a lot about about happy endingsversus heartbreaking endings and you think about that when you're writing,don't you? Yeah, that's what I'm aiming toward um like Susan Yeah, sometimesyou know sometimes um it isn't the happy ending readers anticipate but Ium that's a gift I want to give them that sort of my unspoken promise withmy readers. I'm a big fan of a happy ending to and sometimes, like, everynow and then, you know, I'll get a review that said, like, this ending wasso predictable and I want to be like, I would love to have read this review ifit wasn't like, if that thing didn't happen, I would love to have read thereview then, because that would have been a really horrible, horrible meanbook. Why did biscuit have to die? It's a dog killer. It wasn't like the doggot run over on page or anything, it just it just it happened earlier, butnot anyone, well, I don't think it has been resurrected. Oh my gosh, okay, sohe's gonna be okay the dog, it's gonna be okay. There's there is, you know, itlives now, people are going to be like, where is the scene where the dramaticrushed to the vet seen? None of that happens. It's just biscuit wasn't inthe book and now he is and that's it. There's no dramatic storyline, He isn'tchristmas Peachtree bluff, so you know that he's there, I get that to thereaders will ask, Liz, has a dog, Red a golden retriever, and and readers willask about the dog, and what I have found is that I cannot leave Red alonetoo long or or readers will say, you know, you know, I feel bad for Red,he's been alone too long, so I have to be very careful to make sure that Lizhas plenty of time and her scheduled to get back home and take care of it andif she hasn't because she's in charleston for a stakeout or whatever,then I have to make sure that her sister is going by to take care of thedog. Oh my gosh! She's like solving a murder. But it needs to get home.Someone has to, someone has to take care of the dog is amazing. Well okayso now it's time for our lightning round, lightning round. But Susan, youdon't really have to answer these...

...quickly, you can make them as faster,slow as you would like. They're just a little bit shorter questions. So mineis, who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party? Oh wow! Um Ohthat's hard, hard, hard fantasy. You know what? Honestly? Rightnow for a variety of reasons my husband, just just the two of us, that's myfantasy right now. I love that, awesome. I've never ever heard anyone say thattoo. That's adorable. I love I love it. Nobody has ever said they wanted toinvite my husband to their dinner family or me. He's funny. Hey, here's agood one, Susan! If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self,what would it be? Oh, be patient. You know, just bepatient. Just take your time and and just be patient. Just don't try to doeverything right now. Just take a breath. That's what I mean. Don't rush intothings. I was, It's A Good one. If you had a one year, all expenses paid tripto anywhere in the world, where would you go? Oh ST john I love ST john inthe virgin islands. That's just my, that's my happy place. I love everybeach and I love the south Carolina coast of course, but, but somebody'spaying for it. Yeah, ST john it's going to be Some Big Virgin Islands ST two. Iwould come visit you Susan. I think we should do this. We should do that.We've got to find someone to pay for the all expenses paid. But other thanthat we're good. Yeah I'm trying to ask this woman a lightning Rory to tidy.Sorry sorry. I know. Hey Susan if you weren't a writer what would your dreamcareer b oh gosh I can't think of anything elseI would like to. Well okay if I if I would work in a bookstore it would besomething with books because I just love books I couldn't write I wouldhave to be in a bookstore. Love that you write about the low countryobviously. Do you have any other settings you have dreamed of writingabout her exploring in your work? Honestly this is a boring answer. Butno I just I love the low country. We lived in my pleasant for a while andwhere we were. I could like ride my bike to Sullivan's Island and ride mybike down the beach and come home and I did that virtually every day after Idropped the kids off at school and I just love that. And we ended up movingback to Greenville and it's a long story, but I just I love the lowcountry. That's my that's my happy place. That's a great answer. I lovethat answer. Well, Susan, thank you so much. Stick around for another minutebecause because we have one more question for you before you go. But wehave a couple of announcements. We wanted to remind everybody out thereabout a few things. First of all, if...

...you haven't heard Friends and Fictionhas partnered with Oxford Exchange to offer exclusive friends and fictionmerchandise. We have adorable soft t shirts, Mine cities and coffee tumblersand some really amazing products on the way. Also we wanted to remind you thatsupporting indie booksellers is one way to keep communities up and running thisweek. Foxtail Book shop as we already mentioned, is our featured store andthey are offering all of our books in one convenient link link for easyshopping. And don't forget we have a podcast andit isn't just the shows we have in every friday podcast. We've partneredwith librarian Ron Block and so we're so clever or cap mary Kay is so clever.It is called Writer's Block podcast with Ron Block and we have had the mostfascinating people on and we have a brand new episode every single friday,this coming friday, he talks to Virginia Willis right? Yes, yes. Abouther new book. So we're really excited and usually one of us is on there, ifnot more than one. So we do with him. Yeah. Plus a bonus Plus a bonus author.Um, did you know that patty mary. Kay and I all have winter books releasing.We have partnered with our friends at Nantucket Book Partners to create aspecial winter wonderland subscription box where you will receive all our newreleases as they release. Plus a special exclusive friends and fictionmug and hot chocolate. So visit Nantucket Book Partners for moreinformation and we will also have that information available on our facebookpage. All right, Susan, you're up one more time before we you go. We have aquestion. We love to ask all of our guests. And that is what were thevalues around reading and writing in your household when you were growing up?Oh well my mother read to me from the time I was, I can't even remember I was,I was way young when she started reading to me. So reading was alwayspart of our lives. She was just a voracious reader herself. She read tome. I always watched her with a book in her hands. So I was reading at a veryearly age and was just craving books because that's what she did and becauseshe read to me so much. So we were readers always. That's that's awesomecheeks. Well thank you so much for joining us, Susan. We have so thank youfor interrupting your vacation. Yes. Plus we really appreciate it toeveryone out there. Do not forget you know it's christmas in july and we'reall talking about christmas book. So don't forget to pick up Susan's latestlow country bows of holly or if you haven't started this wonderful seriesyet. Start at the very beginning with low country boil. Thank you Susan,thanks so much for having me. This has...

...been so much fun. It's great to see allof you and everybody go to the low country book Oh you'll love it. It's sogreat. The great little corner of the internet. It is, it is. Um thanks toall of you. Thanks ladies. That was so much fun. I loved being with you guys.She's so interesting the way she started that series kept with the LowCountry and then build a whole book club around it. So cool. It's amazingand it sounds like she has a lot of great new things coming out. So I lovethat and I love a series. I'm very, especially now I don't know what it isbut I just I'm really into things where like I can just go right back into thatworld where I've already been. You already know the characters. Yeah,there's something really comforting about that and I think we need thatright now. So anyway, I mean people come to all the time mary Kay don'tthey? Until you missed the Callahan? Probably because of the name but theymissed the Callahan. Okay, well and I hear them all the time so I don't wantanother wheezy and BB book constantly. Are you going to write another Easy andB B like I see that everywhere. Alright ladies, well y'all are the greatest allof you out there. You all are really the greatest. Thanks so much forjoining us tonight and every night for this special behind the book episode ofFriends and Fiction. We will see you Wednesday night live at seven p.m.Right here with Lauren Willig See you then. Goodnight, Goodnight. Thank youfor tuning in, join us every week on facebook or Youtube where our live showairs every Wednesday night at seven p.m. Eastern time, and please subscribeto our podcast and follow us on instagram, We're so glad you're here.

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