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Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative

Updated on September 17, 2015


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What Is The Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative?

The Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative (SELTI) is a blog written by Patrick Brian Miller. He writes fictional short stories about real places to help promote tourism. Patrick Brian Miller is a very talented writer and spends a great deal of time researching the location before his writing begins. He adds photos throughout that enhance the story and illustrates the fact that he is talking about a real place.Following the fictional short story, Patrick Brian Miller provides a Travel Guide with links to existing websites about the location. In one blog post, he manages to bring a location to life with this very inviting form of tourism.

Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative
Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative

Who Is Patrick Brian Miller?

Founder of the Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative

Patrick Brian Miller, founder of the Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative, is a freelance writer from Montgomery, Alabama.Interview With Patrick Brian MillerWhat is Literary Tourism?Tourism that grows up around the settings and inspirations of literature. This is a way for fans to "step into the story" and discover a physical connection to the work they love. The homes and haunts of famous writers, such as Faulkner and Fitzgerald, also tend to generate lots of tourism. Has it worked before? John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil has a sustained, significant impact on Savannah's tourism industry that is still felt today.Who came up with the idea of the Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative?One of my short stories, "The Last Confession," was inspired by Cahawba, Alabama. That story was published in an anthology called Southern Gothic Shorts by PJM Publishing, which also included the non-tourism work of nine other short fiction writers. I wrote a travel guide for the story with internet links and suggested that the publisher put the tourism guide online at his website. He did, and it worked so well, I decided: why not keep doing this with lots of towns and stories? But the new version, SELTI, is entirely online so it can move faster.What do you hope to accomplish through your short stories?I hope to build a "team" of writers around the Southeast to introduce fans everywhere to unique and intriguing places to travel through the inspirations of literature. My partner, Patricia Neely-Dorsey, has worked to improve the site tremendously, and I couldn't do this without her help. SELTI is not a venue for just my stories; I want lots of submissions from different places and different writers. How much fun would it be for literary fans to actually go visit the places that they read about? This project will link together so many places and states, offering fans new inspirations every couple of weeks or so.How would someone become involved in the Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative?Writers can submit short works through email at can join SELTI simply by clicking on the Follow link in the top left. They will be prompted to create a username and password for a free Google account. The whole process takes about a minute at most. Then, whenever they log into Blogger, they can see updates on all their favorite blogs and post comments under their username. I follow many other Blogs myself in this way.How and when did you begin writing?Writing has always been a passion for me. I remember writing stories when I was seven, long before the internet. I also worked as an editor and writer for my college newspaper.What advice do you give someone interested in becoming a writer?Read the classics; there's a reason they're still in print. Do not write simply for your own entertainment; try to always keep in mind that you're writing for others (even if no one is reading your work). In other words, never assume that others see the story in their head just like you do. Don't allow the story to be much better in your head than it actually is on paper (or on the monitor). Listen to constructive advice, but know that you can never satisfy everyone.

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More Reading On Literary Tourism

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story

I read the book and really enjoyed it. I also enjoyed the movie. Actually, I enjoyed watching it more the second time than I did the first time.


Novels are often forms of Literary Tourism - Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil is a prime example.

Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil has done much for tourism in Savannah Ga.Review of Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil From Publishers WeeklyAfter discovering in the early 1980s that a super-saver fare to Savannah, Ga., cost the same as an entrée in a nouvelle Manhattan restaurant, Esquire columnist Berendt spent the next eight years flitting between Savannah and New York City. The result is this collection of smart, sympathetic observations about his colorful Southern neighbors, including a jazz-playing real estate shark; a sexually adventurous art student; the Lady Chablis (' "What was your name before that?" I asked. "Frank," she said.' "); the gossipy Married Woman's Card Club; and an assortment of aging Southern belles. The book is also about the wealthy international antiques dealer Jim Williams, who played an active role in the historic city's restoration--and would also be tried four times for the 1981 shooting death of 21-year-old Danny Handsford, his high-energy, self-destructive house helper. The Williams trials--he died in 1990 of a heart attack at age 59--are lively matches between dueling attorneys fought with shifting evidence, and they serve as both theme and anchor to Berendt's illuminating and captivating travelogue.Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Southern Gothic Shorts - Collection of Short Stories

Patrick Brian Miller's short story about Cahawba, Alabama is included in this book of Short Stories.

Blind Fate
Blind Fate

Patrick also writes: Blind Fate is an exclusive Kindle edition that allows readers to visit the tourism sites that inspired the settings through web links embedded directly into the novel. This feature makes the Kindle uniquely suited for tourism fiction. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download Kindle for PC in minutes for free and then have access to the massive Kindle library. Every Kindle book allows potential readers to preview a portion of the novel before purchasing.


Patrick Brian Miller writes a Novel, Blind Fate, which is available as a Kindle Exclusive - Tourism web sites are embedded in the text

Patrick describes his novel:Blind Fate is a suspense novel that dares the reader to experience a world without sight through the unique "perspective" of Melody Harper, a blind violinist who finds herself in a very dangerous situation.The settings of Blind Fate include some of the finest attractions in the River Region of Montgomery, Alabama, including the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (both pictured below), Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum in Wetumpka, the Legends golf course in Prattville, and the riverfront entertainment district in downtown Montgomery, to name a few.

Patrick Brian Miller Wrote This In My Guest Book

Thank you, Brian!

Ohme, this lens is such a wonderful introduction to SELTI that I have put a link to it on SELTI's main page. With any luck, that will also lead more people to read the short story there "Ohme" and further promote your wonderful town of Pendleton, SC. Squidoo fans: you have a very active and interesting writing community. Ohme introduced me to Squidoo, and I have been a fan ever since.

Literary Tourism and Nineteenth-Century Culture
Literary Tourism and Nineteenth-Century Culture

This is the only book I found that had "Literary Tourism" in the title.


Learn More About Literary Tourism - by purchasing this book or click it to go directly to Amazon to browse around.

Amazon's Editorial Review
Product DescriptionThis book offers both an introduction to the vibrant field of literary tourism studies and a selection of cutting-edge cross-disciplinary research. Indispensable for students and scholars of nineteenth-century literature and culture, it provides fascinating insights into the reception of, among others, Shakespeare, Dickens, Byron and Wordsworth.About the AuthorNICOLA J. WATSON has taught at Oxford, Harvard and Northwestern, and is currently Senior Lecturer in Literature at the Open University, UK. Her publications include Revolution and the Form of the British Novel, 1790-1825 (1993), England's Elizabeth: An Afterlife in Fame and Fantasy (with Michael Dobson, 2002) and The Literary Tourist (2006).

Literary Trails Of North Carolina - written by Georgann Eubanks

This book focuses on Western North Carolina and comes in Large Print or Standard Print. It is the one of the first State Literary Tourism Guides according to Patrick Brian Miller. Patrick Brian Miller is looking forward to writing about this wonderful book and featuring it on Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative's Blog.
Please visit the official website of Literary Trails Of North Carolina:
Literary Trails Of North Carolina Official Website
The official website of Literary Trails of North Carolina states that this book invites visitors to explore the North Carolina mountains through the creative writings of the contributing authors. Georgann Eubanks was commissioned by the North Carolina Arts Council to research and write this guide which features the works of 170 authors.

Purchase Patricia Neely-Dorsey's Book of Poems Here - Reflections Of A Mississippi Magnolia

Patricia Neely-Dorsey is a true Southerner writing very positive uplifting poetry about her beloved South. Of course, Patricia is a little partial to Mississippi.

Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems
Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems

When I first read a few of Patricia's poems, I knew that I had to own this beautiful book. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it over and over again. It also makes a wonderful gift for any of your Southern friends and family.


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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      Oh my, Ohme! What a great introduction to SELTI and to author Patrick Brian Miller! And yes, I did visit the blog and found the story he wrote of Ohme. And yes, I cried through the reading of it! Though the story is fictional, no doubt in my mind it depicts the wonderful you and the citizens of Pendleton.

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      @grannysage: I agree the link to the Ohme story should be here on this article!

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      Very interesting concept, i really want to read some books you recommended. Blessings!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Tourism is such a huge industry and so important. Good to meet someone with such a passion for the topic.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is a library full of a wealth of knowledge. I could spend many hours a day reading and learning. .

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Thanks for introducing me to this. Blessed!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @grannysage: Oh, great. I am glad that Patrick Miller saw your Moundville page and glad you read the Ohme story. He does make it sound so believable.

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      I just received a comment from Patrick Miller on my Moundville page because I mentioned some books he was researching and I have a link to his website. So while backtracking I ended up here, and had to go read the Ohme story. I have to admit he had me convinced it was a true story because it sounds like something you would do. You should put the link on here so everyone can read it.

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      Great job there. I hope your efforts are richly rewarded. Th demise of our culture will come at the hands of those who wil not read.

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      Frischy 6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I visited Thomas Wolfe's home in Asheville, NC. It was quite interesting. It was not the reason I went to Asheville; I was there for a professional conference. His home was near the hotel, so I took advantage of a break to go visit. I kick myself for not doing the same thing and visiting Emily Dickerson's home when I visited Amherst for another conference. I had less time on that visit, but now I wonder if I would have been able to make it had I tried a little harder. Gotta take advantage of opportunities when you have a chance, because they may not come around again.

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Great job on this selti lens!

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      Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      The concept of deliberare literary tourism was new to me so thank you for suuch a great introduction, in general and yop SELTI.

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      enigma0430 lm 7 years ago

      I've visited Almanzo Wilder's Farm in upstate NY, Orchard House of Louisa May Alcott and needed to take a picture of the house of the writer of the "Old Man and the Boy" stories for my father. Loved the lens.

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I had not heard the term Literary Tourism before but it is an interesting concept. I have often read a book and then felt compelled to visit the location of the book. Blessed.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Had not heard the term Literary Tourism but I like it! Wonderful lens, Nancy! Ringing my little Squid Angel bell with a blessing.

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      I've learnt a new term... So, I'm a literary tourist. Wow! Definitely love to visit places and areas which I find description in books. This is how I love to visit England so much. Now, if I had to visit all the places mentioned in the books I've read, I wouldn't have enough with one life to go everywhere (I read at least one book a week...)

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      This makes me think about making a lens about some Florida authors.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Extremely interesting lens, the topic is so well presented. Thank you.

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      Spot on, as is always the case with you Nancy. I see only ten to go and it will be a breeze for you. All the best.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nice lens!

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      Lisa 8 years ago from Rhode Island

      this lens is amazing wonderful information wonderful set up I have really enjoyed reading and learning so much thanks a favorite

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      sheriangell 8 years ago

      What an education I received by visiting this lens, I've never heard of it before. Thanks for the lensroll of my Chimney Rock lens. I am very happy to return the favor.

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      Wednesday-Elf 8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Literary tourism is indeed an interesting concept. I'd never heard of it before, but I've often enjoyed books that were set in a particular city or place where the author 'tells' you something about the location. While enjoying the 'story' you're reading, even though it is fiction, you feel it come alive because the author is describing a 'real' place. I've learned things about a city I've never been to, for instance, that makes me want to visit and see for myself! I know for a fact the tourism impact "Midnight" had on Savannah, as I was living there at the time. OhMe, how marvelous you, your grandson, and Pendleton, SC have been featured in this way, especially since you have been such a big promoter of Pendleton yourself. Congratulations.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is a great intro. It was Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil that has made me add Savannah to my list of "must visit" locations. A good story/poem/book can really draw someone into a place they had never even considered before.

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Oh, how interesting! Thank you so much for telling me about this lens. I'll have to look into this further. Funny how I was thinking about "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" while I was reading through your lens ... and then there it is! I'd never heard the term "literary tourism" before, but, now that I have, I have ideas rumbling around in my head. Thank you!

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      JenOfChicago LM 8 years ago

      Great lens and very interesting project. I love the idea of literary tourism!

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      justholidays 8 years ago

      This is a highly interesting lens... an area that I like since it gave birth to the music I love!Dom.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Ohme, this lens is such a wonderful introduction to SELTI that I have put a link to it on SELTI's main page. With any luck, that will also lead more people to read the short story there "Ohme" and further promote your wonderful town of Pendleton, SC. Squidoo fans: you have a very active and interesting writing community. Ohme introduced me to Squidoo, and I have been a fan ever since.

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      sukkran trichy 8 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      very interesting lens. wonderful color combination with unique content. well done.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 8 years ago from Templeton, CA

      @puzzlerpaige: Reading "On to Oregon" was great preparation for our visited the sites connected with the Oregon trail and it got the kids excited about wanting to see it. When we went to Salem, MA, Jason's class at the Master's School (Principle Approach) had finished reading "Carry On, Mr. Bowditch" and he got terribly excited about seeing all the places he read about in that book. I find myself getting more out of the stories I read set in places I've been, that from those I haven't because I can visualize them.

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is really interesting. I just read the story on Patrick Brian Miller's blog about OhMe. Great piece, and a unique idea for a lens. Well done!

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      Brookelorren LM 8 years ago

      I like to read about different places... although people's finances will not always allow them to travel to every interesting place that they read about in a book, at least it can help them be more familiar with the places that they do visit.

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      puzzlerpaige 8 years ago

      What an awesome idea. This reminds me of the way we learn in our homeschooling. We read historical fiction books - real places, real people, just a fictional story included.

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      The Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative sounds like a wonderful idea. On my travels I like to read any classic literature associated with wherever I am going - It adds something both to the travel and the literary experience.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 8 years ago from Templeton, CA

      What a great idea! I did not know there was a formal plan associated with promoting literary works or places associated with them. I wonder if the novels of Eugenia Price have been included. Too bad Earlene Fowler wasn't in on this. She disguised her place names and leaves me guessing or puzzling over the location of her library that does not match the real one. Until I read one of her on line FAQ, I kept wondering if we had a new library I hadn't yet discovered. We have so many novel in the mystery genre alone set in California that could be the basis of a similar literary tourism movement here -- if we don't already have one. I'll have to look into it.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens on the Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative. I remember reading "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil". Ohme's story is wonderful. 5* and fav.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      I absolutely loved the Ohme story and I think Literary Tourism is a super idea!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      This is awesome! Thank you for introducing me to SLTI. I love fact based fiction and I love to travel, so this is a perfect suggestion for me.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wonderful promotion of our region!