While working on a recent book, author Mary Kay Andrews needed to know how to go about stealing a yacht. So, she posed the question to employees at a yacht brokerage in Savannah, Ga. "They looked at me like I was nuts," she said.
The author photo from one of her books, which she had to buy at a nearby bookstore, was enough to prove that Andrews was genuinely on a research mission and not out to lift a Lurssen or filch a Ferretti.
The New York Times bestselling author says she writes a little bit of herself into many of her female characters. See for yourself if her characters are as disarmingly charming as she seems to be when you meet her at the McConnell Arts Center (MAC), 777 Evening St., on April 25 at 7 p.m.
A reading by Andrews, whose books are full of sass, small towns and Southern charm -- not to mention the occasional yacht theft -- will be the next event in Worthington Libraries' Hear & Now series.
In addition to stand-alone titles like Spring Fever, Little Bitty Lies and The Fixer Upper, the former journalist also wrote the Callahan Garrity mystery series. The series, penned under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck, has been nominated for Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity awards.
Tickets for Andrews' reading, which starts at 7 p.m., can be purchased for $10, including a meet-the-author reception. Tickets are $5 for members of the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries, Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library and MAC.
Tickets are available now at the MAC, by phone at 614-431-0329 and online at mcconnell arts.org/wp/events. In order to receive their discount, Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries members must use a special code when purchasing tickets; call 614-807-2605.
The Hear & Now author series is also sponsored by the MAC and Holiday Inn.
Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.