When I spoke at the local library Saturday night, I was delighted to find that my audience included quite a few folks who are native to the county. As a 'newcomer,' I'm always a little worried that someone backed with the authority of generations in this corner of the world will say, "What do you think you're doing, writing about our county, you Florida person, you?" (Florida people being not unlike kudzu and Canada geese in their growing numbers in this area.)
So far it hasn't happened. I've been told I 'got it right' -- from the dialect to the customs to the food and the descriptions. And Saturday night I received the very best compliment I could wish for. A lady who described herself the eighth generation of her family in the county, told me how much she enjoyed reading my descriptions of places and people familiar to her.
And then she smiled at me and said, "We're glad you moved here."