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Cappy Hall Rearick writes a syndicated column called “Puttin’ On The Gritz,” and is the author of five published non-fiction books and one novel. She lives in St. Simons Island, Georgia half of the year but when the temperature begins to rise, she moves to her small cottage in Western North Carolina where she is writing her second novel. Cappy is past president of the Southeastern Writers Association and is a sitting Board Member.

Story: Gloryjean The Butterbean Queen

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Q:
What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
A:
My best advice? To open a vein and then write honestly.
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When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
A:
I hate outlines but occasionally I am so stumped that I have to write one. I am character-driven. By allowing my characters to drive the plot themselves, I am free to develop their personalities ... including their quirks.

Reviews

happy camper

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The author has an excellent descriptive abiliity and possesses a great sense of humor.

Lisa Rose

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Tommie Kay and Gloryjean are just two girlfriends sitting around the kitchen table planning the murder of one of their husbands. I felt like I was there with them. Gloryjean should have taken her friend's advice and just killed him. Boopa is never going to change his ways and he will go right on treating Gloryjean like he does. Boopa will always do what makes him happy at the moment without thinking of anyone else. So Gloryjean should have the same choice. The line I loved the best? "Gone hunting." If you have the time please read my story 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.

Solid Jack

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Fabulous authentic "Suthrun" dialogue.

Patty D the Yankee

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Cappy, You've done it again...I really needed a good laugh & you certainly provided it...Keep it up girl friend! Thanks for the monthly "Something For the Month" LOL to you & Babe

Charlotte Babb

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Cappy is high-larious! She's who I want to be when I grow up.

BubbaG

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I keep telling Boopa to calm down. He ain't gettin' any younger by messing around with high school cheerleaders and wicked wild women, but he don't listen to nothin' Now, he's even thinking about becoming a poster boy for Viagra, painting his face blue and advertising at the Bulldogs' game.

Jazzlady

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Cappy has the wonderful knack of surrounding tales of emotional pathos with laugh out loud humor. Like the song says "a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down". You can't help but feel the truth in her characters. And the way she turns a descriptive phrase makes me stop in mid-sentence just to admire the creative use of language. In any of her stories, once you read the first few sentences, you are absolutely hooked and just can't put it down.

LindaZ

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Well, I feel like I just spent an hour in Bull Snort. I'm thinking with a Southern accent and I know someone just like that darn Boopa. What in the world will Gloryjean do next? That's what great writing does, it makes you think you'll find out.

Summertime

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Cappy can tell a story like no one else. Colorful, descriptive, entertaining, and full of southern charm. She makes you feel you are right there sitting at the table invisibly with these two girlfriends. An unexpected ending - makes you think! I give this a 10.

greyhawk

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Cappy Rearick is the master of southern humor. Her stories paint such colorful and detailed descriptions of people and events that they always leave the reader wanting more.

Rosie

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I want to be sitting there having a Bud with Gloryjean and Tommie Kay, planning the perfect hanging. Cappy, this was hilarious! I give it a five-star +. Keep writing!

Chuckles

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There she goes again! After a tiring day, I'm so glad I made this my bedtime story! Entertaining as always. I love Cappy's outrageous characters and plots. "A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men." - She always makes me laugh.

lls1944

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Great story by a great author.

GMC

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I read it on the deer stand this afternoon. I didn't fall out, but I couldn't keep from laughing which scared the deer off. Southern humor is real life in the south, but it takes a great author to put it into words, and make someone who grew up with it laugh out loud on the deer stand. Cappy is the greatest!

mmh

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Cappy, you amaze me. Did we have folks like this in Orangeburg?

Carol Warner

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Cappy Hall Rearick is my favorite story teller. I love all her books and this short story is hilarious. How does she come up with such great characters with such perfect names??? Love this story so much, Carol Warner

Unclejoe

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Great read. Cappy puts you right into that sweet tea Southern experience. I felt like I was right there in Bull Snoot with Gloryjean and Tommie Kay.

florida mission field

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cappy remembers my first, second, and third wives and the man to whom they were married with wit and truisms by which we all lived. to think all of thought we had secrets which cappy would keep near to here heart but her calling to advise the world about our deeds is heart warming to remember we were all young at one time. thanks cappy for keeping us informed, humble, and laughing.

mamafox

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As always, Cappy Rearick creates a setting that makes the reader feel as though we're sitting in the kitchen with Gloriajean and Tommy Kay eavesdropping. Funny and poignant. Love Cappy's writing.

dearestdeana

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My, my Gloryjean from Bull Snot that's a lot to overcome without humidity!! Thanks for making me smile.

cec3

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Great story, as all of Cappy's are!

Patch

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Cappy has that rare gift of describing scenes/situations so that the reader is absolutely drawn right in, eg., "pregnant clouds with their water about to break!" Her characters are always well defined and seldom fail to appeal to my humor and/or sympathy. I often find myself laughing out loud reading her stories, most of which appeal to my southern roots!

ishmael

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To find humor in the unending struggle between females and males is one thing but to express it so hilariously is even more unusual. Cappy is among the best. I can see Tommie Kay and Gloryjean now.

Zanadoo

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Still laughing, Cappy. You are 9, story is a 10.

Porch Lady

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No one makes me laugh harder - toughest kind of writing and Cappy is a master.

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