Surprising to exactly no one who is from there too, the author is from Virginia.
Define yourself; don't let anyone else do it for you. I am not the fragile, languid debutante of a Tennessee Williams play. I don't know if I could even pass for a steel magnolia. Perhaps I resent the old stereotypes because, even while I don't aspire to them, sometimes it'd be easier to wedge myself into one. But I know where I come from, even if I'm not exactly sure how-or if-I'll get back.
And if someone thinks my accent isn't Southern enough, frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.