Thursday, April 29, 2010

False Victim released!!

The formal release date is Tuesday, August 3rd, but you can purchase the book now from my publisher. Just click on the link below for the synopsis and to order!


Words can not express how much I appreciate your support the past 2 years while I've been blogging and writing. I think it's safe to say that you've watched me go from an angry 'country girl stuck in the city' to a calmer, gentler 'county girl not minding the city so much, anymore.' I hope so anyway.

Many have asked if writing False Victim was therapeutic. I have always said no. It was difficult to relive, to pick and choose what events to leave in and which to leave out, otherwise it would have been a never-ending story. And I 'mixed some stuff up' a bit to make it more entertaining. (For instance, no I was not Miss Mississippi, but instead was Mrs. Missouri.) But now that it's over? I feel an amazing peace.

I'm going to take a break for a bit. I'm going to leave this post up so everyone will know how to purchase the book if they choose to do so.

In the meantime I am going to regroup. I am looking forward to getting back to what Hillbilly Debutante is supposed to be about!

I love all of you so much. I have appreciated your e-mails, facebook messages and blog comments and your messages of support.

I hope you enjoy the book!

Until next time,


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

For my critics who say I shouldn't wear makeup...

Does this look like the face of a natural beauty?

I didn't think so.

A teensy bit better, maybe? I hope?

I have always envied those women that can just put on a swipe of lipgloss and touch a mascara and be 'out the door' ready. Sadly, I am not one of them. And of course, there's alway a few 'well-meaning' people that wonder aloud why I go through all this 'trouble' every morning.

Please understand I'm a Virginian and we southern women love our makeup. And jewelry. Pretty nail polish. Clothes with color - especially pink and green.

We don't mind, and really are too kind to say anything if our other 'sisters' don't wish to stand in front of the mirror every morning doing the makeup thing, but please don't try to deny us our rituals.

Besides, I think Mama said it best, "Any old barn looks better painted."

(Just so you know, the very top picture breaks every southern belle cardinal rule - bein' seen in public with no lipstick! Gasp!)

Until next time!


Friday, April 23, 2010

Every single day I take a walk. Once during mid-day and another one at night before bedtime which almost always includes this pretty girl.

Have you met my best friend Sally?

Really she's in love with my husband, but I'll do in a punch. Especially at mealtime and whenever I go anywhere near the closet. That's where her leash is. Or when I put on my walking shoes. Then she is definitely mama's girl.

Today as I prepared for my walk I thought about all the things my area has to offer that I hope I never, ever take for granted. I'd like to share them with you.

A park on the corner of 13th and K street where I sometimes like to sit and people watch or read a book.

I love the White House. I've lived here 9 years and the White House never loosens it's grip on me. I've been inside for parties almost a dozen times and each time it takes my breath away, almost to the point that I struggle to hold back tears and keep my emotions in check. I haven't been inside during this administration but I have given (very) strong hints to friends of mine that work here that I haven't been inside in almost two years!

Diners taking advantage of the absolutely glorious weather we've had this week.

And of course the very, very best thing about Washington, DC.....

granddaughter Sophia

I hope your weather is fabulous and that you are taking time out of your everyday hustle-bustle world to enjoy the beauty in your world.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Photo shoot

Kathie Truitt

Today was the photo shoot for the back book cover. I put a lot of thought into how I wanted to portray myself as this is the first impression many readers will have of me. Of course one picture doesn't convey to a stranger exactly who Kathie Truitt is as a person, but as the saying goes 'one picture is worth a thousand words.'

Don't let that serious face fool you for one minute, though. (This is a dark story so I was instructed not to smile). Inside I was bubbling over with happiness and excitement at the way God has taken the most horrific time of my existence and molded it into a wonderful, exciting, fantastic opportunity of a lifetime. But, then again why should I be surprised? Isn't that just like Him?

So, in a nutshell what you see above is what you get. Yeah, I can wear a suit and high heels just like everyone else, but that's not really me. I am still that casual, free-spirited, down-to-earth, fun-loving girl that I was at 17 that loves t-shirts, boots (cowboy/wellies) and jeans. I may never get to live in the country again, but the country will always live in me and I hope this picture reveals some of that.

Many thanks to Joe Cereghino, who is the officially the new Hillbilly Debutante photographer.

Until next time,


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Washington March of Dimes Gala

Josh Hoffman, March of Dimes National Ambassador 2010

Last night was the annual March of Dimes Gala at the beautiful National Building Museum. My year as Mrs. Missouri (1996) I chose the MOD as my platform in honor of our sweet little Jayson (now an angel), and other families that had experienced stillbirths, birth defects or premature birth.

Now that I live in Virginia, close to Washington, D.C. I try not to miss the National MOD Celebrity Cook-off and Gala held every spring.

Don't let my smile fool you. I had just listened to this precious, precocious 6-year-old child give a 6 minute speech - perfect speech, I might add- on why he was chosen as this years National Ambassador and it was all I could do to hold the tears in.

His mother, Melanie was five months pregnant with Josh when she went into an early labor.

"Do you wanna know something cool?" Josh asked the audience of over 600, all eyes fixed on him and hanging on every word. You could have heard a pin drop. "When I was born I weighed the same amount as 6 rolls of quarters. One pound nine ounces."

Not only is he an amazingly poised, articulate and a truly professional speaker (not just for his age but any age - and no disrespect to co-emcess Senators Baucus and Udall but he blew them out of the water) but Josh also maintains his own blog.

At the conclusion of his talk, he literally brought down the house. 24 hours later I am still in awe. Josh, you are this woman's hero and I plan to follow your blog throughout the remainder of your year.

Until next time,


Monday, April 12, 2010

Spring break was perfect. We went to Orlando and of course did the Disney World thing. The last time we went was when William was six and he thought it would be fun to go back and get to ride some of the rides he was too young to ride last time. Even though Mr. T had every minute of our time booked to the hilt it was still very relaxing. (And yes I may have a slight obsession with Cinderella's castle.)

Speaking of William, he decided that his mom needed a fan page. So, if you're on Facebook I'd like to invite you to join the Kathie Truitt Author Fan Page. I thought it might be a little too early to set one up but he wanted to do it so I thought, 'what the heck?' It will be his job to be the administrator and keep up with questions and comments.

Blogging for a while will mostly be pictures of things my family and/or I will be doing and events we'll be attending for the next couple of weeks. I will try to make it as interesting as possible - not just jaunts to the store or anything like that. However, sometimes what is supposed to be 'just a trip to the store' has more than once ended up being pretty dog-gone exciting, so I'll always carry the camera with me just in case.

In other news I'm getting my headshot for the back of the book and start media training soon. The closer to release date of "False Victim" the blog will be getting a 'new look'. The name "Hillbilly Debutante" will stay the same as my next series of plots revolves around "The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe" in Eldorado Springs, Missouri. The restaurant and the characters are fictitious but Eldorado Springs is a very real place (my childhood home). Relax Eldoradian's it's purely fiction. Y'all's secrets are safe.

On a different note, I hope the weather where you are is as beautiful as it is here in Virginia.

Thanks to all of you for your support.

Until next time,


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Spring Break

Back soon!!!