A southern belle writer. The beauty of her words is incredible. The wit in her storytelling is insatiable. Lucky for us, we were able to catch up with BSB and writer Mari Bell. Her clean and imaginative words birth stories that we just can’t seem to get enough of.
Mari K. Bell
Author of The Quarters
What You Provide
I am a writer.
Where are you based?
Duluth, Georgia (outside of Atlanta)
Why did you decide to start a business?
I started to write my novel after my mother shared some of her childhood stories from growing up in the south. The stories were hilarious but also loaded with intrigue. I took some of her facts and wove them into fiction.
What is your favorite client story?
I really don’t have a favorite client story. However, I’ve really enjoyed being selected by a number of book clubs. As a self-published writer, it’s really an honor that they are willing to read my work without the backing of large publishing houses.
What is your website?
Who are some of your business idols?
My granddaddy and daddy both owned shoe shinning and repair businesses dating back to the 1940’s. It was named Scrutchins and Son. I know my entrepreneurial spirit evolved from both of them.
Do you have any mentors?
What is your favorite thing about being southern?
It’s not just one. I love our food, our language, our etiquette, and especially our humor.
What is your favorite southern dish?
What is the most important thing you have done to build your business?
Be creative. I’ve had to. There are more writers out there than one can imagine. In order to gain visibility, it’s very important to carve your own space. I’m very proud of my book trailers and the trailers we produced for a theatrical production of The Quarters. We also did a photo shoot of the characters to help bring them to life. It was a lot of fun, engaging, and successful.
What are your favorite southern brands?
Coca-Cola is one of my favorites. A nice bit of trivia /history is that the original formula for Coke was created by a pharmacist from my hometown, Columbus, GA. Moonpie, the pastry is another one. I’m always fascinated with brands that have survived the test of time.
What is your favorite item or piece of clothing to wear/use while doing business?
A-line dresses and comfy shoes.