Writing about the South, and Southern women in particular, has garnered Gainesville, Ga., native and resident Ronda Rich an audience and an outlet.
The author, who will release the sequel to her best-selling book What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should) and a novel in May, said that she often is approached by women wanting to share their stories or commend her on her columns, which will appear in The Augusta Chronicle's Sunday Your Life section every other week.
"I have women all the time come up and ask, 'Do we have the same life?'" she said.
Ms. Rich, a former sports writer, said the comments are proof she is doing something right.
A mix of "entertainment, humor, poignancy and mainly a celebration of our culture," along with profiles of Southern women, the column will use broad strokes to paint a picture of what Ms. Rich sees as a complex and culture-filled region.
"There are so many things that are uniquely Southern, I can talk about everything: cooking, mamas and their daughters, women who persevere and overcome, big hair and lip gloss and high heels and whatever," she said with a laugh.