Mary Alice Monroe Does Raleigh

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Mary Alice is here! Last night, John and I accompanied her to her booksigning at our local Borders. This week is the end of her tour for her latest book, SWIMMING LESSONS. She must be exhausted after weeks of travel, but you’d never know it by the energetic way she interacts with a bunch of fans.  Tonight, we’ll do some brainstorming together on our latest Works-in-Progress. The first time we plotted together was at an Indian restaurant and it’s a fond memory for both of us, so I’m going to find an Indian restaurant in Raleigh and see if we can re-create the magic.


  1. Margo on May 1, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    Hi Diane and Mary Alice! Mary Alice, I have to tell you how much I loved THE BEACH HOUSE and re-read it just recently to familiarize myself with those great characters. As I now begin SWIMMING LESSONS I was thrilled to receive from Amazon TURTLE SUMMER. I have fallen in love with the turtles and love the photos…am also particularly fond of the painting of Primrose Cottage…it’s exactly as I pictured it! As a nature lover I am inspired by your conservation efforts which shows over and over again in your writing…like Diane, you write straight from the heart. Thank you for sharing knowledge of the loggerheads. If I lived at Isle of Palms, without a doubt I would volunteer to be on the Turtle Team. I told Diane you were both so lucky to have each other as friends. Isn’t Diane the best?

  2. Diane Chamberlain on May 1, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    Hi! Yes, Diane is the best! I’m lucky to be staying with her and she is a gracious hostess, too. I even love her dogs. Especially Jet who likes to lick my toes. 🙂
    Thanks for your comments about my books. And I have to give my friend and photographer, Barb Bergwerf, credit for those fabulous photographs in Turtle Summer. She is a fellow turtle lady on IOP and the Aquarium’s photographer. Hopefullywe will be working on another childrens book soon.
    Hope to meet you someday!
    Mary Alice

  3. brenda on May 1, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    The Book CLUB is the BEST, Mary Alice–the first one I chose for my online book club with teachers and friends across the country. Of course, D. Chamberlain is the first one my friend chose…you are both so great. I would love to read a sequel to THE BOOK CLUB

  4. Ann on May 1, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    Loved “The Beach House” and am looking forward to reading “Swimming Lessons”. We are leaving for Topsail Island on Saturday and that is a where I first learned about Loggerhead turtles. They have a lot of volunteers there to look after the nests. I have seen the nests but so far no turtles. I would love to see one!!!

  5. Diane Chamberlain on May 1, 2007 at 11:47 pm

    Diane, here. The turtle lady is asleep. 🙂 We went out to dinner with some people and because the waitress goofed a little, the manager brought us five huge desserts to share. We passed them clockwise around the table, moaning with pleasure. But it seems that so much food put both Mary Alice and John to sleep, so here I am, alone at mignight, catching up on the blog and e-mail. Mary Alice leaves in the morning, but I’ll be sure she sees your messages before she takes off.

  6. Margo on May 2, 2007 at 8:09 am

    Diane, I hope you and Mary Alice got a chance to talk about your WIP’s. As far as the dinner goes, I’d gladly take 5 desserts over the main entree (-:

  7. Diane Chamberlain on May 2, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    We had a great visit and I was sad to see her go this morning. 🙁

  8. brenda on May 2, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    Two greats in one house…Add Shakespeare and my other favorites and what a night!!!!!

  9. brenda on May 2, 2007 at 11:00 pm

    Off the topic of books-ever had one of those weeks girls???? Battery in car…air conditioner in house (new one tomorrow :)–go figure…just after buying a new laptop…(I am very frugal)…Problems at school-my job…and all this just in time for graduation this Saturday. I have decided to skip the grad ceremony and go to the hooding…as of my now my children and grandchildren will be here…they wanted to do this…with some friends…Just seems each morning I get up-something else…however…as I tell my husband–my comment since 1992 during the death of my mother and the divorce…at least “it’s not cancer…” These are things with which we can deal…Tonight for an hour, I enjoyed Joy Fielding’s latest-one of my favorite authors.
    Irony-girls…today is the birthday of my husband and my ex…go figure those odds.
    How do you cope when you have one of those weeks? Yoga did not do it last night-it is still painful for me but getting a little better.

  10. Diane Chamberlain on May 2, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    >>Two greats in one house…Add Shakespeare and my other favorites and what a night!!!!!

  11. Diane Chamberlain on May 3, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    hope your week is starting to smooth out. I’m thrilled you’re about to graduate! How do you plan to celebrate?

  12. Margo on May 3, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS BRENDA! Hope the weekend is a little more enjoyable than your week was.

  13. brenda on May 3, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    My son will be coming to see me. My daughter and her family…we will go to the hooding ceremony and instead of eating out-what they wanted–it will be TOO CROWDED everywhere that day…we will come home and have trays of great food…along with hopefully my dearest and oldest “adoptive sister”, her husband, her daughter and ?????family and who knows…??? I am trying to keep it as small as possible…the week has been so traumatic-a situation I can’t go into–that it has cast a pall over the event.
    YES-I am happy it is over-plan to take classes later to get Master’s Plus, plan to write…hopefully do Diane’s workshop next year if it is in the SUMMER…plan to work on something with the Federal Government in D.C.–lobbying about something…will fill you in later about that
    Thanks for great remarks…

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