Kathy Hogan Trocheck
Trocheck, a St. Petersburg native, is known to readers as Mary Kay Andrews, the author of Spring Fever, Savannah Blues and Summer Rental. The University of Georgia graduate worked as a features writer at the Atlanta Journal Constitution before launching her career as a novelist. Trocheck recalls being an avid reader when she was growing up. "My mother would take us to the book mobile that would park at the Skyway Shopping Center in south St. Petersburg,'' she said. We caught up with Trocheck while she was back in Florida with her husband, Tom Trocheck, for her 40th class reunion at Lakewood High School.
What's on your nightstand?
A Natural Woman: A Memoir by Carol King. I'm also listening to an audio book, Lisa Scottoline's Come Home.
Do you recommend King's book?
Well, I wish she'd dish more dirt, but I'm fascinated by her life because she was such a part of popular music in the second half of the 20th century. I'm amazed to think of her songwriting. She was writing hit songs when she was in high school.
Do you like to call yourself a Southern writer?
Well, I'm known for women's fiction, but yes, I'm a Southern writer. I've never lived outside of the South and all my novels are in the South. I think the qualities of my books that are in that Southern vein have to do with home. My books always have an emphasis on home, our longing for home.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.