The last few weeks I’ve seen the same commercial for Southern Belles: Louisville over and over again. One of the “belles” announces that someone asked her if they wear shoes in Kentucky. Her answer was “Yes, we do. We wear stilettos.” LOL!
And I'm not sure how my dad met a professor from a small college in California, but the man came to visit him for a few days. My dad lives in a little town north of Huntsville, Alabama, called Ardmore. It’s not large, but it’s a nice place and typical of a small town in the south. Well, dad was doing his usual barbecuing on the grill for company and needed to pick up something at the store. So the man decided to tag along to the nearby Piggly Wiggly. As they were walking down the aisle, the man said, “Wow, your grocery store is like mine at home.” Duh!
Those two stories are typical what we come across everyday. Since I love to travel, especially in the U.S., I meet a lot of people who have never been to Alabama and I’m always surprised by a few of their questions. A large number of people believe everything they hear and see on television and in the movies. So when a southern author writes about their home state or the South in general, it’s amazing how editors and judges in contests show the same misconceptions.
And don’t get me started on the misconceptions non-literary people have about romance writers.
What about writers? We’re human, but thankfully, most writers love meeting people from all backgrounds, educations, shapes and sizes. We love watching them and talking with them. To me, writers, especially romance writers, are the most open-minded people I know. If not, their writing will suffer. I believe some experience writer’s block by closing themselves off from experiencing new things and meeting new people. We’re all unique and that’s why I like meeting people wherever I go.
It’s an amazing world, isn’t it?