Meet Mandy Hale, The Southern Carrie Bradshaw

Mandy Hale The Single Woman

The blogger and newly-minted author speaks out about happy singledom.

A few years ago, Mandy Hale ejected herself from a toxic relationship and found herself, once again, in Single Land. She was determined to seek out inspiring female role models for this new path ... but with the disappearance of Sex in the City's support system of solo gals, the happy single lady landscape turned out to be a bit, well, sparse. But Mandy refused to put up with the stigma surrounding her new "unattached" status, and carved out a new role for herself as @TheSingleWoman.

The Nashville resident soon took the Twitter-world by storm, using her wit and her ability to cut to the heart of the matter to produce inspirational nuggets like, "I'm not a one in a million kind of girl. I'm a once in a lifetime kind of woman. :)" and " Being single isn't merely a prologue to being's a story all its own. Write it with flair!" She continues to advocate for living life to the fullest, no matter what "love stage" you happen to occupy at the moment. For more information, stop by The Single Woman website, and read on for our Q&A:

What are you working on right now? Have any exciting news to share?

Actually, I have some VERY exciting news to share! I just recently signed my first book deal with Thomas Nelson Publishers, and my first published book will be out in 2013! So keep an eye out for that. I also recently launched my new apparel line, which I'm so excited about … because finally single women can celebrate their independence and sassiness in a cute, fun way! You can check out my shop here.

Fill in the blanks: My favorite romantic movie is _____ and my favorite love song is ______

Movie: The Notebook. Song: Feels Like Home by Chantal Kreviazuk.

Do you believe in love at first sight?

I have to say that I don't really believe in love at first sight. That is not to be cynical at all, because I am a total romantic and dreamer, and I love the idea of love at first sight … but the reality is, love goes so much deeper than initial attraction, I just can't get on board with the idea that you can fall in love with someone instantly. Maybe "infatuation at first sight," but not true love. Love is so intense and passionate and has such deep roots, I just think it takes a little more than seeing someone to fall in love with them. I think you can tell pretty quickly if you're going to have a connection with someone, absolutely. But I think it takes spending time really getting to know the person on a deeper level to fall in love with them.

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