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Best-selling authors discuss art of 'the beach read'

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/9/2017 By HILLEL ITALIE and ALICIA RANCILIO, Associated Press
This cover image released by Little, Brown and Company shows "The Identicals," by Elin Hilderbrand, available on June 13. (Little, Brown and Company via AP) © The Associated Press This cover image released by Little, Brown and Company shows "The Identicals," by Elin Hilderbrand, available on June 13. (Little, Brown and Company via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — The "beach read" is short-hand for disposable page turners but Erin Hilderbrand and others who write them have long-held rules and standards: strong characters and narratives, and make the settings compelling and accurate.

Mary Alice Monroe, whose "Beach House for Rent" comes out in June, sets her work along the South Carolina coast and calls it a "personal pet peeve" when she reads a beach story and finds mistakes in the description of the landscape.

Hilderbrand's novels include "Beautiful Day," ''Here's To Us" and "The Matchmaker." Her next book, scheduled for June, is called "The Identicals" and uses the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard for a family drama about identical twins who are perhaps more alike than they want to admit.

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