What Is ‘Southern Fried Fiction’?
Among the multitude of things that connote the American South excellent fiction writers heads the list. To name a few just to skim the very surface of such a deep pool of remarkable talent would be a slight to them all. You know, if you had the good fortune to have been reared in the South, storytelling is a way of life so it is not a surprise that the region would have a surfeit of tremendous talent.
Certain themes crop up consistently in Southern literature, family, and a sense of place, dialect, and community. Though these topics don’t define the genre, they are certainly present in abundance. And most certainly define my stories.
As far a Southern food is concerned as with fiction, it doesn’t take a leap to discover another wellspring of talent and remarkable ability. There are so many specialty southern dishes you could eat for a year and not have the same thing. While fried isn’t the only way we in the South serve up our food we do about fry almost anything.
In my mind, it is impossible to think of the South without ultimately arriving at fiction and food. Since they happen to be two of my most favorite things and since I’m a both and sort soul Southern-fried fiction pretty well sums me up.
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