Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A Southern Point of View

Hey, y'all!

So I'm into the second draft of my new novel -- it's a Se7en (the movie) meets Agatha Christie type of story. One of my characters, Miriam, is 40 years old, African-American, college graduate, one daughter, newly divorced and resentful of it, before-the-divorce household income of $250,000, always wanting more, More, MORE! She lives in Atlanta...

A city I've never visited.


So, I need your help in creating Miriam's World.

If you'd be so kind, could someone please tell me:

The restaurant to be seen in for dinner:
The restaurant to be seen in for Sunday brunch:
The church to be a congregant of (A.M.E.):
The mall to shop at:
The place to jog:
The most popular strip club:
The most-used freeway/highway:
The neighborhood where someone like Miriam would reside:
The high school where her 16-year old daughter would attend:

Thanks so much!


  1. Hey Rachel - I can probably give some answers. Tell me more about the character and it would help me figure out neighborhood, etc. Would she live in the burbs for the bigger house or downtown for the lifestyle? She wants to be seen? Like a "real housewives" type?

  2. Hey, Robert!
    She'd want to live in a neighborhood that she can barely afford to live in -- she's superficial like that. Always striving to be envied. She wants to be seen. She aspires to be on the 'Real Housewives of Atlanta.' She's very competitive and in some ways, lives vicariously through her teenaged daughter. Since the divorce, she really has the need to prove that she's worth something. Native of Atlanta as well. Does this help?

    Thanks so much for your help. Hope you're well.


    1. Definitely. I can probably give a few answers off the top of my head. Let me think about it today. I will poll a couple of people in my office too to get some good info for you.