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Authors Love Readers, a podcast hosted by USAToday bestselling author Patricia McLinn, is a series of conversations between authors about how and why they create stories. Patricia is the chief question-asker, but she welcomes ideas from readers. Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments below.

New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe found her true calling in environmental fiction when she moved to coastal South Carolina. Already a successful author, she was captivated by the beauty and fragility of her new home. Living in the midst of a quickly changing habitat gave her a strong and important focus for her novels.

Mary Alice talks with Patricia McLinn about using her fears of natural disasters and her desire to educate people on the impact of climate change as the catalysts for her writing. Listen to the podcast here.

In her own words: ‘That’s why I write about [climate change]. I think evacuation is going to become a major concern of every American, all humans on this planet, in the next decade as we face natural disasters and also droughts and food shortages.’ [14:18]

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