GDP's Townsend releases her first book

BUFORD -- If you were raised in the South, moved here from somewhere else or even just traveled through it, you will understand the antics and stories written in Carole Townsend's first book, "Southern Fried White Trash," which is being released Saturday.

If you go

• What: Carole Townsend’s book signing

• When: 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Books For Less, 2815 Buford Drive, Buford

• For More Information: Visit www.southernfriedwhitetrash.com

"Teenagers, adults, Southerners, west-coasters and even New Yorkers get it," she said. "The book isn't really just about the South -- it's about family and how we act when thrown together. Everyone has 'that uncle' or 'that brother,' you know?"

Townsend was raised in Doraville and was inspired to write about the people she grew up watching. They always "got crazy" in certain situations, like weddings, funerals and holidays. While writing the stories, she asked a family counselor why people get so stressed during these times.

"He said that, 'Even when siblings are grown and have families of their own, when the entire family convenes for whatever reason, everyone reverts back to their childhood roles,'" Townsend said. "It really does make for some entertaining situations."

As for the title of the book, this Georgia peach took it straight from her childhood. Her mother taught her children to "walk a very straight line" and those who didn't were simply "white trash."

"Right or wrong, I heard that term my entire life," Townsend said. "I've had some people attempt to make an issue of the use of the word 'white,' but trust me, this has nothing to do with color. It's a state of mind."

But the main reason she wrote the book was to show that everyone's family is slightly off, no matter where you're from.

She wants her readers to walk away with "a smile on their face, confirmation that it's not 'just my family,' and a brief break from the craziness and doom-and-gloom of the nightly news."

Townsend will be signing copies of "Southern Fried White Trash" at Books For Less in Buford on Saturday.