BAY ST. LOUIS -- The sound of stilettos could be heard down Main Street as fans flocked to Bay Books to meet "Real Housewives of Atlanta" reality star and author Phaedra Parks.
In the star's new book "Secrets of the Southern Belle," she tells every woman, from the North or the South, how to act like a "Southern Belle and never have an off moment."
"I believe every woman should be a Southern Belle or minimally aspire to being more ladylike, charming and intelligent, because we should all be treated well," Parks says in the book's introduction.
A line of fans trailed down the sidewalk waiting as the star signed books and memorabilia.
"We're shocked by the turnout," said Jeremy Burke, owner of Bay Books. "There are people from Mobile, Hattiesburg and New Orleans here today. The number of 'Housewives' fans is impressive," he said.
"We like to offer various authors and we try to get as many into our independent book stores as possible," Burke said.
"Isn't it great that Bay Books does this for our community?" Lauren Bragg said. "It brings us a little something something," she said.
Parks was complementary of her fans as they greeted her and said "Bay St. Louis is my second favorite small town."
There were plenty of laughs generated throughout the building as Parks spoke with each and every fan. "Honey, trust me, I am not like Kenya (Moore). No dirty text messages from me," Parks said as one fan told her she was her favorite housewife because she never acted out as some of the other stars are known for doing.
Debra Cannon of Pass Christian, said she is a fan of Parks because "She's not afraid to be a diva. She's not afraid to think the world of herself."
"Real Housewives" fan Shenea Bell-Hawkins appreciates how "real" Parks always is. "Regardless of what's going on, she always keeps her composure," Hawkins said.
Jackie Wintruba, West Elementary third grade teacher in Gulfport, attended the signing on behalf of one of her students, Janajah Agee.
Agee is working on a Black History Month project featuring the "Real Housewives" star. Wintruba said Agee is a fan of the show and Parks' book.
Parks laughed when Wintruba greeted her and said, "Please accept my apologies, I'm from the North."