killer_in_crinolinesGranola or Grits? Big hair or Flat? Pearls or Beads?

I live in Cincinnati, right on the border of granola and grits. The Ohio River is not very wide, I mean people swim across the thing…usually after a few beers but that’s another blog.

On the south side of the Ohio River sushi is, and always will be, bait and granola is squirrel food. On the north side if you order sweet tea they toss you a packet of sweet-and-low.  I don’t have big hair but I use hairspray, I love sweet tea and pork is the food of the gods but it has to be free-range pork where they treat the piggies nice.

So, am I North or South? The reason this is important, is my ohio_bridgebook is set in the South, so what part of my life goes into to the story and what gets ditched? I made a checklist to find out want part of me was Belle and what part was Deb.

So my question is… Who are you? Are you a Deb or a Belle?

-Do you never wear white after Labor Day or before Easter or do you go by the weather?

-Do you own a strand of real pearls and wear them with pride or are you into beads?

Savannah sweet tea-Do you drink sweet tea and love it when they have it on the menu or do you order Coke Zero?

-Does a part of you truly believe in damn Yankees or are the Yankees the baseball team in NYC?

-Civil War? What Civil War? That there was the unfortunate Northern Aggression!

-Do you have Lee as part of your name or your children’s name or is it Kaitlin?

-Are GWTW, Steel MagnoliasFried Green Tomatoes, and Something to Talk About your favorite movies and you recognize all the places or are you a Sex and the City girl and watch The Wire?

-Do you have a tiara hidden in your panty drawer? Do you know how to twirl a baton, or do you have a hockey stick in the closet beside your down coat?

-Do you have a daddy or a dad?

-Do you have an umbrella that looks a bit like a parasol or a North Face rain jacket?savannahforsythparkigougo

-Does the term red-eye go with gravy or taking a picture?

-Do you make biscuits from your grandma’s cookbook or buy them from the bakery?

-Do you prefer country club and the beauty salon or prime real estate in NYC and the mall?

-White gloves or black leather?

-Southern Living or Martha Stewart?

-Sundresses or shorts?

-Pineapple doorknocker or lion’s head?

-Mind your manners or mind your business?

-Follow NASCAR or NFL?

-Drive a hard bargain or drive an SUV

So, how do you measure up? Is a part of you a Southern Belle? Part of you Northern Deb? All of one or the other? Do you know someone who is?

Southern Foods-001I am definitely a closet Southern Belle! I do make fried chicken and bathtub gravy. That’s what my kids call my cream gravy because they could eat a bathtub full of it. I do make my own pies, have white gloves, crab at my kids if they don’t mind their manners, buy extra-hold hair spray, subscribe to Southern Living, have a fancy umbrella that I’ve been known to twirl from time to time and I do know how to twirl a baton for real. I even took lessons and still have the baton!

On the Southern Belle scale I’m about a 7. Well, maybe an 8. Guess that’s why I wanted to write a book and set it in Savannah. What is your Southern Belle Score? Your Deb score?

Ya’ll have a good day now, ya’ hear.

Hugs, Duffy Brown




  1. Posted May 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Definitely a Southern Belle. Born and raised in a small town in South Carolina and now living not far from you… Outside of Columbus, Ohio. Love the book title!

    • Posted July 2, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Lisa. Columbus!!! So close to me. We are misplaced Belles together here in Ohio. So glad you like the title. I wasn’t sure if everyone knew what a crinoline is. ;-) If you get to Cincy let me know and we’ll do lunch. Hugs.

  2. Posted May 5, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    My daughter and I write a lifestyles blog five days a week called The 2 Seasons ( One of us lives in upstate New York, and one of us lives in Kentucky. We have a great time with it. By the way, we review books occasionally.

    • Posted July 2, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Janette! My daughter lives in NYC. Love your blog and I’ll be in touch about getting a book to you for a review. Thanks so much for writing. My dh was from northern Ky, he called it the land of milk and honey. Hugs, Duffy

  3. Posted May 6, 2013 at 5:47 am | Permalink

    Great being here on author’s desk and chatting about North vs South.

  4. Kelli Jo Calvert
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    I’m a little bit of both – living in Southern Illinois, you get influenced by both sides… :)

  5. Posted July 2, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Hi, Kelli Jo. Yes, Southern Ill is like living in Cincy hard to tell where the North stops and the South starts. Sure is nice having the influence of BBQ and hushpuppies. I’m a big fan. Thanks for chatting. Hugs, Duffy

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