I like words that stomp and stare and crush and collapse and boogie and bang and scream and squeal and laugh and croak and crackle and manipulate. I like words that scald and burn and blister and broil and roast and steam. I like hunky-dory words and okey-dokey words and diddly-squat words. I like words that don’t give a hoot. I like holy shit and razzdle dazzle. I like ain’t and reckon and holy moses. I like sanctimonious, holier-than-thou, and straitlaced words. I like holy ghost words and sanctified words. I like kiss-my-ass and go to hell. I like words that smell of honeysuckle and rain, that carry the scent of my daughter’s shampoo and my son’s cologne. I like words that coo and suckle and babble. I’m a discombobulated writer, and I like words that contaminate me and my works. ~~~ Brenda Sutton Rose
I’ll leave you some of the most interesting comments I’ve received about Dogwood Blues.
Why the hell did you use a gay protagonist? Southern fiction don’t have gay protagonists!
I loved to hate Nell. She’s my favorite bitch ever.
If this book is turned into a screenplay, I want to be Nell.
Is your book about Tifton? Tell me the truth. Is it?
That bridge game was tense. I mean tense with a big T. Tense.
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Brenda’s poetry, essays, and short stories have appeared in Flycatcher Magazine, Mobius: Journal of Social Change, Montucky Review, Muddy River Review, Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Ginosko Literary Magazine, Pegasus, and numerous other online and print journals. She is the author of Dogwood Blues, a novel that earned her a reputation as a writer of southern fiction with a love of place and landscape. Brenda was nominated for a Georgia Author of the Year Award in 2015. She is currently working on her second novel.
If you are interested in having Brenda lead a writing workshop session or speak at your book club event, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.