(verb) to rise above your defeats and circumstances, and move on with grace, dignity, and style while wearing your favorite shade of lipstick.

When A Southern Girl Re-Belles

Lessons on Life, Love, and Lipstick

When a Southern Girl Re-Belles is a place where I will share about my books and blog about my life. Re-Belle is as much an attitude as it is a philosophy.

My name is Sharon Brown Keith, and I love to write. I’ve always had a passion for story-telling, and like to think that I got this trait from my Grandpa Brown, whom I called “Papa.” I used to listen intently as he reminisced about days gone by, adding tiny details that made his stories come to life. His voice, which had a slight whistle to it, would get loud and then quiet, and he would pronounce certain words very distinctly and slowly, adding to the dramatic effect. I think it’s pretty fitting that I use his old desk to write my own stories. A desk that he had as a young boy, where he sat and studied, and I’m sure was inspired to tell the greatest tales.

I published my first book, Mockingbird Moments, in 2017. It is a memoir about my life, but especially focuses on my relationship with my father, and how his death completely changed me. When I started writing the book, I was reminded of what Michelangelo said when he was carving a statue: “I saw the angel in the marble, and carved until I set him free.” I experienced that same freedom through my writing, when I let go of the grief I had been clinging to for over two decades. And now that the story of my dad has been told, I have found a yearning to write other genres: a biography about a man from my hometown, and a novel which came to me in the wee hours one morning. Creek to Creek: The Life and Legacy of Charles Raymond Bright, was released this summer (2019). My latest book A Southern Girl Re-Belles, was released at the end of 2019. I’m so excited!! I never thought I would write fiction and it has been a wonderful experience.

​I plan to use this site to blog (write) about my life; the humorous things that seem to only happen to me and the things that I love. This includes my family, my friends, my dogs and cats, pearls, finding the perfect shade of lipstick, and converse shoes. You will also be able to click on my podcast, as well. Please check it out!

​I hope you tag along with me on this journey, and look forward to hearing from you. Writers love to talk and share and find interesting people…and who knows? You may find yourself as a character in my next book! Anne Lamott stated, ““You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”

Consider that fair warning! Ha! Just kidding. Maybe. 🙂

​And if you’re still trying to figure out the meaning of “Re-Belle,” that’s great. I’ll be sharing a lot more about that word and all it entails in the days to come. Until then, stay fabulous. ~Sharon