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Author Spotlight: Susan Mallery!

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Today’s featured guest is the one and only, New York Times bestselling author, Susan Mallery! Learn some fun facts about Susan in this short Q&A.

1. What genre(s) do you write?

 Women’s fiction and contemporary romance.

 2. Coffee or tea lover? 

Coffee! I live in Seattle, the home of Starbucks, so I feel morally obliged to support them.

3. Name one thing on your bucket list.

I’ve hit #1 on the New York Times bestsellers lists for mass market paperbacks. Now I’d love to hit #1 for hardcovers.

 4. Do you have pets?

Yes, I have three pets. Two ragdoll cats (Alex and Lucy), and one miniature poodle (Kelli). They’re with me every day as I write.

5. When I wake up every morning I… grab a cup of coffee and check my Facebook page.

 6. Weirdest or unique thing you own. 

I have a Hello Kitty lava lamp. Is that weird?

 7. Do you have any hobbies or particular skills?

I’ve tried lots of different hobbies over the years, but there’s nothing I enjoy more than writing.

 8. What do you hope readers will experience or gain when reading your stories? 

I hope my stories will take them on an emotional journey—a vacation of the mind. My stories might make you cry and will almost definitely make you laugh. I promise that all of the characters you love will end up in a satisfying place, so you can relax into the story knowing it will turn out well.

9. What inspired you to write CALIFORNIA GIRLS?  

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In Seattle, there’s a local morning talk show called New Day Northwest, and I’ve been on it a couple of times to talk about my books. (You can see one of the segments on the Media page at .)

The host, Margaret Larson, is fabulous. She’s smart and savvy, and she clearly does her homework before she interviews each guest. She was the inspiration for Finola, one of the main characters in the book, although Finola isn’t based on her. I just asked myself, what is the worst possible thing that could happen to a morning show host immediately before she goes on air—and how would she deal with that?

I also kept circling back to an idea about a bride-to-be getting dumped by her fiancé’s brother. Or rather the brother was the one who told her. I knew he was secretly in love with her and that having to tell her was the best and worst thing ever. Best because hey—now she was single. Worst because now he was breaking her heart.

I really wanted to put these two stories together, but I was worried that it was too much of a coincidence that both started with a break up. I mean seriously—what are the odds. So I danced around that for a while until I realized that was the whole point. What if three sisters got dumped the same weekend and it was different for each of them.

Meet Susan Mallery

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming and humorous novels about the relationships that define women’s lives—family, friendship, romance. She’s best known for putting nuanced characters into emotionally complex, real-life situations with twists that surprise readers to laughter. Because Susan is passionate about animal welfare, pets play a big role in her books. Beloved by millions of readers worldwide, her books have been translated into 28 languages.

Susan lives in Washington state with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Visit her online at

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California Girls

The California sunshine’s not quite so bright for three sisters who get dumped in the same week…

Finola, a popular LA morning show host, is famously upbeat until she’s blindsided on live TV by news that her husband is sleeping with a young pop sensation who has set their affair to music. While avoiding the tabloids and pretending she’s just fine, she’s crumbling inside, desperate for him to come to his senses and for life to go back to normal.

Zennie’s breakup is no big loss. Although the world insists she pair up, she’d rather be surfing. So agreeing to be the surrogate for her best friend is a no-brainer—after all, she has an available womb and no other attachments to worry about. Except…when everyone else, including her big sister, thinks she’s making a huge mistake, being pregnant is a lot lonelier—and more complicated—than she imagined.

Never the tallest, thinnest or prettiest sister, Ali is used to being overlooked, but when her fiancé sends his disapproving brother to call off the wedding, it’s a new low. And yet Daniel continues to turn up “for support,” making Ali wonder if maybe—for once—someone sees her in a way no one ever has.

But side by side by side, these sisters will start over and rebuild their lives with all the affection, charm and laugh-out-loud humor that is classic Susan Mallery.


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28 responses to “Author Spotlight: Susan Mallery!

  1. Thanks for stopping by, Danielle.

    Tanya, I remember seeing your video from Oklahoma. 🙂 Thank you so much for being a part of the Susan Mallery All Access group. <3 And especially thank you for introducing your sister to my books.

  2. Tanya Jackson

    Hello Susan — Thank you for writing and making me go somewhere else when needed. I have finally gotten my sister to read your books and she has loved every one of them. I am a member of the Susan Mallery All Access Group and that has been such a fun way to keep in touch with others and I got to meet a few of them in Oklahoma. So thank you for what you do.

  3. I’d love to meet you, too, Lorelei. I’ll be announcing book tour dates for THE SUMMER OF SUNSHINE AND MARGOT very soon. 🙂 If you’re not already on my mailing list, you can sign up at so I can let you know if I’ll be in your area.

  4. Oh, thank you, Becki! That’s so nice to hear. If you’d like to email my assistant, she can send you some goodies to share with your book club. Her email address is jenel (at) susanmallery (dot) com. Tell her your address and the number of people in your book club.

  5. Dana Pashakis

    Hello Susan, I’ll die if you answer this, lol. I loved your answers to what you hope your fans get out of your stories and the premise for ‘California Girls.’ I am a huge fan and member of your fb all access group. My favorite books of yours are ‘When we Found Home’ and ‘Already Home’. Thank you again for the paperback copy of the second which I received as an arc. I’m still trying to figure out how I fell off the review crew and I’m trying to get back on it, lol. I used to dabble on fanfiction so I have a profound respect for authors who pull it together seamlessly like you do. …and the research, YIKES!!! I am looking forward to starting cal girls when I go on vaca next week. I hope you have a great time on your vacation. Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us.

  6. Thank you for sharing about the Book list feature on your website, Susan! Bridget and I have been reading and talking about your books since we met back in 2010. I’m so happy you got to meet her in France, she’s one of my best friends in the romance community and it’s a joy to meet you here even if it’s virtually. I hope to meet you both some time in person. It’s on my bucket list ☺️

  7. Hi, Becki. Thank you for stopping by! And thanks for your good thoughts on me achieving my bucket list item. 😉 I was first published just a few years ago in hardcover (DAUGHTERS OF THE BRIDE), and it’s a whole new world. I’m really excited about this summer’s hardcover, THE SUMMER OF SUNSHINE AND MARGOT. I think Harlequin nailed it with the cover, and I hope it will attract readers’ attention. If the cover can pull someone in, and they read the first couple of pages, they’ll know whether they like my breezy yet emotional writing style. We just have to get them to pick up the book in the first place. 😀

  8. Thank you, Fran! Interestingly, two of the story lines came to me independently of each other. Then I thought of putting them together, and giving the third sister a breakup, too, to make it the major hook of the story. What if three sisters all got dumped, and it was different for each of them. I’m so glad it worked for you.

  9. Thanks for stopping by, Teresa. It’s always so nice to hear through which book a reader discovered me. And wow, you’re already up to a collection of 30 or 40? That’s fun!

    You should check out my website. My webmaster recently created a Book List feature. Readers can save their personalized book list, marking which of my books they have and haven’t read. You can print it, save it on your computer, and come back to my website any time to update it. Since I’ve written 150+ books, I wanted to make it easy for my readers to keep track.

  10. Tanya is terrific, Bridget, I agree! I love her. 🙂 My editor doesn’t even ask me anymore if I want to switch narrators because I’ve made it clear that Tanya is my narrator of choice. 🙂

  11. Teresa

    First book of hers that hooked me was a million little things. Now i have read several and have acquired about 30 or 40 of hers. I love them . Just got California girls.
    Thanks for the chance

  12. Bridget C

    Hi Susan and hi Lorelei!
    I’m very thrilled to see you both together. I’m in France, so I can’t enter the giveaway, but I’ll definitely be buying this one in audio. Tanya Eby is such a great narrator!
    Have a lovely holiday, Susan. I hope to meet you again soon in France or in Berlin!

  13. Thank you for spotlighting me and CALIFORNIA GIRLS! 🙂 I’m delighted to join you here today and respond to comments. Unfortunately, I head out tomorrow for a vacation with my hubby, so I won’t be available after that. But I’ll check in several times today when I take a break from writing.

  14. Friends! Yesterday I had some technical issues with the comments section, thankfully it’s fixed. I apologize for the inconvenience and thank you bunches for your patience and understanding ❤️❤️❤️ It’s such an honor to have Susan Mallery here at the Lit Lair! Welcome new friends, I hope you enjoy the post and good luck with the giveaway!

  15. Fran Novick

    Loved California Girls!! I’m glad you decided to go ahead with the 3 sisters all getting dumped at the same time, because it really worked.

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