… to chat with us about the release of Bet Your Bottom Dollar!
Check out her insights on Southern sass, true friendship, and dollar store shenanigans, and don’t forget to pick up your copy today!
Congratulations on the release of BET YOUR BOTTOM DOLLAR! Are you doing anything special to celebrate?
Thank you! On the day it’s published you will hear the sound of a million champagne bottles popping and I’ve arranged for the Northern lights to put on a special show.
At the beginning of each chapter, you include a hilarious Southern saying or quote. Where do you come up with these, and what is your favorite one that you’ve used?
I collect sayings from church signs or t-shirts or bumper stickers. And yes, I do make some of them up. My favorite is “Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.” Also “stop, drop and roll doesn’t work in hell.”
The Bottom Dollar Emporium is so central to the story of BET YOUR BOTTOM DOLLAR that it almost feels like a character. What inspired you to choose a dollar store as the setting for your series? If you could buy one item from the Emporium what would it be?
I love dollar stores because you never know what you’ll find. Anything from an inflatable flamingo to a Bo Bice CD (of American Idol fame) to a pregnancy test. On Pinterest you can all kinds of pages devoted to dollar store finds.
I have a sweet tooth so my item of choice would be candy. The Bottom Dollar Emporium carries a hodgepodge of sweets: Charleston Chews, Chick-O-Sticks and Slo Pokes.
One of the ongoing themes throughout BET YOUR BOTTOM DOLLAR is unconditional love and friendship, especially between the Bottom Dollar Girls, despite their differences. What is it that keeps them so close even through hardship? What do you think makes a good friend?
One of my favorite memes on Facebook is this: Good friends will help you bury a body. Great friends bring their own shovel and don’t ask questions.
Now that’s friendship through hardship. I’ve always been lucky to have amazing girlfriends of all different ages and that’s reflected in the Bottom Dollar Girls.
My rules for friendship are simple: Make sure your ears are bigger than your mouth. Laugh together, forgive easily, and don’t forget the wine!
Your characters are hilarious! Have any personality traits of your characters or events from BET YOUR BOTTOM DOLLAR come from your own life? (Do you have an Attalee constantly giving you a piece of her mind?)
I live in Augusta, Georgia, which is a relatively large city. Twenty years ago I dated a guy from Swainsboro, Georgia, a much smaller town, and I was charmed by the people and the old-fashioned atmosphere. The Bottom Dollar Girl series is a love letter to small Southern towns where they still say, “I swanee” instead of “I swear,” they hug everyone’s neck, and they still get excited by county fairs and high school football games.
As for the hilarity, I don’t know any Attalees. I think she’s my alter ego. Part of me wants to be a randy smart-ass well into my 80s.