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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Are You a Regional Writer?

Sue Monk Kidd is the bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair. Coming from the small southern town of Sylvester, Georgia, there is no question that place is a preeminent part of her writing. But would she go as far as to consider herself a regional writer?

This question came up when she appeared at the National Book Festival in Washington DC. Her answer?

"I don’t consider myself a Southern writer, but I’ll claim the title. I think where you are and where you came from become a part of a novelist’s writing whether intentional or not."

Good writing often begins as regional writing, as Sue Monk Kidd implies. And many authors get their starts as regional writers. Are your favorite writers regional writers? Are you?

Learn more about Sue Monk Kidd at her website.



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