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Atlanta’s Mary Kay Andrews Reflects On Harper Lee’s Upcoming Novel

Atlanta author Mary Kay Andrews (Kathy Trocheck) says Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" influenced her own writing.
Atlanta author Mary Kay Andrews (Kathy Trocheck) says Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" influenced her own writing.
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Kathy Hogan Trocheck’s byline was a staple in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in the 1980s. She left the AJC to write fiction full-time in 1991, and has authored a number of best-selling books under the penname “Mary Kay Andrews.”

Trocheck says Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” influenced her own style, which highlights a Southern flavor. In July, Harper Lee will release the book “Go Set a Watchman,” a manuscript Lee sat aside to write “Mockingbird.” On the Wednesday edition of “A Closer Look with Rose Scott and Denis O’Hayer,” WABE’s Denis O’Hayer and Jim Burress interviewed Trocheck about Lee’s influence on her own work.An interview with Kathy Hogan Trocheck