Day: 04/21/2016

Why Alabama?

  “Why are your books set in Alabama?” is a popular question when people find out that I don’t hail from that great state. I grew up in small-town Louisiana and I live in the Atlanta suburbs, but I write about Alabama. More about that in a minute. But first, let’s talk about the South. Why not Louisiana? When you think of Louisiana, your mind immediately plays zydeco music and sees purple, green, and gold plastic beads. I, personally, begin to smell boiling crawfish and crave bread pudding. But, unless I want to try and explain how Louisiana is separated into three distinct demographic and geographic regions, it’s hard to set a “southern” novel there. By the way, the three regions are: New Orleans, Cajun Country, and Redneck. It’s a fun place. Soon.  I live in Georgia, and it’s a fine place to reside, but everybody thinks of Atlanta. Period. There are the wonderful Carolinas in the South, but they are considered more a moss-laden “low country” South. The drawl is different and often has …