ATLANTA -- Categorize him as a classic Southern writer. Call him a keen observer of life in Georgia. But don't confuse Ferrol Sams with writers who revel in the "moonlight and magnolias" of the Old South."When my first book was published, a lady wrote to tell me she was so glad that there was finally something between 'Tobacco Road' and 'Gone With the Wind,'" said Sams, whose three novels, short story collections and personal reminiscences draw deeply on the roots of his youth, growing up on a cotton farm in Fayette County. "I knew there was a place for those stories because nobody was chronicling them. I don't really regard myself as an iconic Southern writer, but I guess I am. I just write about what I know."