In Evening Stars, the final book in best-selling romance novelist Susan Mallery’s Blackberry Island trilogy, published by Harlequin, one character sees the island off the West Coast as a place of retreat, while another feels trapped by it. Mallery, whose first two books in the series have sold more than 400,000 copies, will appear at Katy Budget Books on her publication date of February 25 for an afternoon luncheon, as well as for an evening book club event, which is open to all. Lots of her fans are expected to attend.
Mallery, who lived in Houston in the early ’90s and is now based in Seattle, says she was in line to become a CPA, even had a job offer with benefits while still in college, but she decided to try writing romance novels first (because she’d always really liked reading them) and gave herself two years to get going. She sold her first book within three months of graduation. “By the two-year mark, I had sold seven books,” she says.
She says she promises “a happy ending,” but her plots take a lot of different routes to get there. Unlike some other authors, Mallery, who maintains a Facebook page, says she welcomes the social media aspects of being a successful author. “Writing is really isolating. This way I get to be friends with 50,000 people and I don’t have to put on makeup,” she says. “After all these years of being by myself all day working, I finally get to be social, and I really like it a lot.”
In fact, she’s already got fans doing the “heavy lifting” by helping her name businesses around town in her upcoming series entitled Mischief Bay — “It’s much bigger [than Blackberry Island], so I’d be able to stay there a long time.”
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. discussion, signing and lunch, 6 to 7 p.m. meet-and-greet with the author, 7 p.m. reading and signing. 2450 Fry Road. For information, call 281-578-7770 or visit katybooks.com. Free.
Tue., Feb. 25, 12:30, 6 & 7 p.m., 2014