Thursday, September 10, 2009
Dixie Divas features Holly Springs flavor
By BARRY BURLESON
The 12 women in The Divas, a group of friends who get together monthly in the Holly Springs area, share loads of laughs.
Author Virginia Brown of Southaven, a member of the group, decided to share that fun - in make believe fashion - with her readers. Thus she decided to write the Diva Series, filled with lots of Holly Springs flavor.
“I wanted to do something fun,” she said. “These books are just for me. I hope everyone else likes them because I loved writing them.”
“Dixie Divas” is book one of the series and on sale now. Jennie’s Flowers & Gifts in Holly Springs will host a book signing Thursday, Sept. 17, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. She’s working on the second book in the series and already has the outline for the third.
Brown once lived at Snow Lake Shores and made some good friends there.
“I loved the area,” she said. “A couple of my friends moved there and they love the area, too.”
Those friendships led to The Divas and the book series.
“I worked it into a spinoff – taking everyone into a land of fantasy,” Brown said.
The murder mystery is set in Holly Springs. She said several area landmarks are named, like Montrose and The Cedars, along with references to the pilgrimage, Kudzu Festival and a “little bit of everything.”
“I tried to put in some local history and events,” Brown said.
In book one, the main character is Eureka Truevine (aka Trinket), a 51-year-old divorcee who just moved back to Cherryhill (the family house) to take care of her parents. She reunites with her best friend and first cousin, Elisabeth Truevine Hollandale, also 51, (aka Bitty) recently divorced from her fourth husband, Senator Philip Hollandale.
The senator ends up dead and police suspect Bitty. It’s up to The Divas to solve the murder mystery and help clear Bitty’s name.
“I dedicated it to the real Divas in the front of the book, promising, of course, not to divulge their identities,” Brown said.
She said the Diva Series is largely a journey with the characters.
“It’s a good time,” Brown said. “I hope everyone enjoys the entire series.”
She said there’s a reference to The South Reporter in the second book – Drop Dead Divas, which will be released in 2010. In the third book, The Divas take trips. Both of those are also based in Holly Springs.
Brown, who has four grown children and seven grandchildren, has been writing since 1984 and has written nearly 50 novels. The majority of them are historical romance. Her work has regularly appeared on national bestseller lists.
A native of Memphis, Tenn., the long-time resident of Mississippi finds the history, romance, beauty and intrigue of the Deep South irresistible.
“People enjoy books about the South,” Brown said.
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