Jaime Primak Sullivan was the lovable star of Bravo TV’s Jersey Belle, a fish-out-of-water reality series about the New Jersey native’s life in the deep South, Mountain Brook, Alabama, where she currently resides with her southern-bred husband and three kids. Sullivan, who is the founder and president of Bridge and Tunnel Entertainment, a full-service public relations and strategic marketing agency, also has a successful digital series #cawfeetawk LIVE, a real, open and honest weekly conversation about life, love and learning about one’s self.
We chatted with Sullivan in 2014, shortly before Jersey Belle premiered, now, two years later, the reality star talks about southern life in her new book, The Southern Education of a Jersey Girl: Adventures in Life and Love in the Heart of Dixie. We caught up with the business mom once again and she was happy to share the intent behind her latest project. “I wrote this book for people who see my friendships and my marriage and feel that they want those things for their own lives,” Sullivan tells Tinseltown Mom. “I wanted them to see that the road was not always paved with yellow bricks. At times, it was a very lonely and scary road.”
Sullivan reveals that adjusting to life in Alabama has not been a walk in the park, and shares that the hardest part for her is the constant reminder of not fitting in. “The South is so complex; I don’t know that anyone moving here from New Jersey can fully acclimate. But I love the life that I’ve built.”
The book is as authentic and raw as she is and her voice is clearly present throughout. The outspoken mom intentionally lets the audience get to know her on a very personal level. “…I knew if I was going to write this book, my fans were going to expect the same authenticity they get with #cawfeetawk.”
Although the book is a story of true events from the star’s life it unfolds like a page-turning novel. The courtship and eventual marriage between Sullivan and her husband, Michael, was like watching a beautiful romance bloom, however, fraught with real-life complications and difficulties. Their relationship was a focal point throughout and the mom of three explains why. “Because love and marriage are the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life, and it scares me to death that even one young fan may see a photo of Michael and me smiling on social media and believe that any of this is easy.”
As evidenced in her book, Sullivan was ill-prepared for the difficulties of marriage, and we were amazed at how much detail and intimacy she shared about her relationship, so much so that we had to know her husband’s reaction to reading about his personal life becoming so public. “He was the first person to read the book, and he laughed the whole way through. Even though it was our journey, it still amazed him to see it through my eyes.”
In short, Sullivan has authored a book on navigating life and love in the Heart of Dixie and if she good condense her thoughts into one sentence it would be this. “At one point or another, all of us have felt like we were the one person who doesn’t fit in, and the truth is, real women are a work in progress.”
To pick up a copy of The Southern Education of a Jersey Girl: Adventures in Life and Love in the Heart of Dixie visit Amazon.com