Back in 1982, when I was trying so hard to break into publishing, I read an article written by a former editor of a top rated magazine. In this article, she explained why it was more difficult for the Southern writers to have their work accepted by the more popular magazines. The reason? Because people weren't very interested in what Southerners had to say!!! I have carried that with me for all these years and I guess that is why I tried to make my writing universal. Tried to write without the corn-pone, southern-fried accent.