Writing the "Other"
Characters from the American South
loooooooooooove to write characters from the American South--I have no
idea why. I was born in Iowa, raised there and in California. Went to
college in CA, then have lived in NYC and Iowa as an adult. I don't have
any family members from the South. But the South is totally fascinating
When I was researching a character from Tennessee, I asked a friend
from the Mississippi Delta to give me some tips. One thing she told me
is about the Southern preponderance to give your child a family name
(like the maternal family name) as a middle name, and then call the
child by a name based on that. Such as John Tateman Smith going by Tate
Smith. Even cooler was that this goes for girls--so you get a girl named
Tate. I don't know why, but I love this!
--edited by Lucy Silag - Book Country Director on 5/6/2015, 11:32 AM--