Charlotte Hays joined the Independent Women's Forum in 1999 as editor of The Women's Quarterly. She now serves as director of cultural programs, where she blogs daily on The Inkwell. A former correspondent for the National Catholic Register and former feature writer at The Washington Times, Hays has been fascinated by politics since covering local politics for alternative weeklies in New Orleans. She is coauthor of three humorous books on Southern culture, the first of which was the best-selling Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral. She is also the author of When Did White Trash Become Normal?