Southern Women Authors


Perhaps I’m a wee bit biased, but I do enjoy reading what southern women authors have to say on just about anything! Born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in the south makes me true “grits” – girl raised in the south. With my early southern upbringing being in the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, I was well endowed with the knowledge that southern women and especially our mammas always know best.

One of my favorite southern women authors is Ronda Rich. I met Ronda at a trade book show when her book, What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should) was making its debut. My daughter and I read this book aloud to each other while we sun bathed at Gulf Shores, Alabama – infamously known as the southern Riviera. I later bought dozens of copies to give to all my lady friends for Christmas. Needless to say, I highly recommend this book. But she has written others since then including What Southern Women Know About Faith and What Southern Women Know About Flirting – to name two.

My daughter, Jennifer, will soon complete her PhD in History with her major focus being women’s history. I asked her who some of her favorite southern women authors are. She said, “Kathryn Stockett’s The Help is fantastic and Emily Griffin’s books are adorable.” She also shared the link below saying: “This is a great little article that culminates some great southern female writers today. I haven’t read all of these women, but check it out!” Ronda Rich is not among this group and she, too, lives in the Atlanta area so the folks at Vanity Fair Magazine didn’t do their homework very well if you ask me. Still, if these southern literary belles were born and raised in the south, then my mamma would say I should read their books. And perhaps you should, too.

If you have your own favorite southern women authors, I would love to hear all about them for my next blog on the subject!