Tuesday, May 25, 2010

"Kathie Truitt Author Fan Page"

I have a fan page on Facebook and I'd love for you to join. It's a great way to view my schedule and see if I'll be in your neck of the woods in the near future. You can also join me on Facebook but if you do that, please send a message that you are a blog follower. I am really leary when I see someone I don't know and we have no mutual friends. But as long as you let me know that you're a Hillbilly Debutante follower I'll sho 'nuff add you!

Monday, May 24, 2010

I made plans for the weekend. Rock solid plans. Right down to the wire. (I had a nice little surprise planned just for you.) But alas, it didn't work out. I had to reschedule (you'll get the surprise next week), which was a good thing since I put the key in the ignition and all I heard was 'RRrrrrrrrr". And of course, Mr. T is out of state. With the car that does not have a dead battery.

Okay. This is not a problem. Let's make lemonade outta lemons. (Why can't life deal us limes so we can margaritas?)
After all, I live in a town with a wonderful mass transit system and I complain to myself that I should take advantage of it more often. Today is the day. It's part of my adventurous spirit and the fact that come hell or high water I will embrace city life. Do you hear me? I will.

Besides, I haven't seen granddaughter Sophia in a week. My absolute biggest fear in life is that she'll forget me. Well, that and heel-less shoes.

Seriously. Who wears this? How do they work??
(don't tell anyone, but I really think they're pretty cool. At one point in my life I would have worn these.)

Anyway, I moseyed about 20 steps out my front door to the bus stop. It was that easy! Why have I not done this before? The wheels on the bus went round and round all the way to the metro. And voila! I was there. No traffic. No road rage. And no circling the block 12 times trying to find a parking space.

And to have this little beauty waiting for me on the other side was just icing on the cake.

It was such a beautiful sunny, warm day. When I got home I sat outside and just reveled in the fragrance of freshly mowed grass (thank you, William). This time of year the trees block the houses behind me. I hear the birds sing and it's seems like the city is far, far away.

(view from my kitchen window)

This is what I call my 'writing chair.' I sit out here with a cold glass of sweet ice tea, pen and tablet in hand and my creative juices just flow. If I had my way - and I hope to very soon - I'd spend every day, all day, in this chair writing books. Just for you.

Our next door neighbors (on both sides) are lovely people. The house to the right of us (you can see their back yard in above picture) has two of the most precious children. Every time we are outside they wave and holler across the fence. We love it but sometimes their mother is afraid the kids are getting on our nerves, so she'll gently shush them.

After what we've been through the sound of those babies laughing and playing is music to our ears. I slipped her a copy of my latest novel and told her after she reads it she'll understand why they don't bother us one little bit.

So far book sales are pretty good - especially when you factor in that it's not even released yet (August 3rd). THANK YOU!

If you don't want to wait until August you can always purchase it from my publisher. Below is the link.

Until next time,
Until next time,

Monday, May 17, 2010

Events/Appearance Schedule

June 24th - KWTO Radio - Springfield, MO
June 25th - Pre-launch Book Event - Eldorado Springs, MO (call 417-876-3841 for ticket reservation)
June 26th - 7am-11am Eldorado Springs Farmers Market
July 25th - Private Book Signing - Middleburg, Virginia
July 28th - Launch Party in Washington DC (more details - e-mail if you'd like to be put on list)
August 3rd - Release Day party at Restaurant Floriana (Washington D.C.)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Yesterday it was rainy and cold (57 degrees). Today is supposed to be sunny and warm. But I don't trust that weather man. He's looked me in the eye and lied to me one too many time.

So, if he says sunny and warm, I'm going to take it for granted it will be cool and damp.
And I don't care one bit that I work in a big fancy, schmancy office building in the nations capital. If I wanna wear my wellies to the office, I'm gonna.
Besides, I'm a writer. I'm supposed to be eccentric, aren't I?

Speaking of writers, this is my favorite new one:

I'll definitely be reading this as I'll have plenty of time to read while traveling to promote this:


Official release is Tuesday, August 3rd but you can click on the above link to catch a glimpse of the plot and order now if you like.

I'll be having a pre-release kick-off on June 25th and 26th in my hometown of Eldorado Springs, Missouri. If you live in that area you're welcome to mosey on over. I'll have more details prior to the event.

Until next time,


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Hillbilly Road Trip Schedule

Oh, how I miss the days when I would fire up ol' Dixie (my beat-up, rusted-out vintage Chevy Suburban) and head out to the wild, blue yonder away from the bright lights, big city. But alas, if y'all remember Dixie went home with a family that needed her a lot more than I did. I hear she's very happy and is now carryin' her new family all up and down the East Coast.

I may be Dixie-less, after been forced into suburban hades, only to drive a modern-day set o' wheels (for the time being, anyway), but at least I did take a much needed, 'leave this ol' city behind' road trip last weekend. Mama tossed me the keys to her cute little apple red car and we drove as fast as the law would allow to the North Carolina line.
We hit Highway 95 going 90 to nothin', then caught 85 past Richmond and ended up in the sweetest, laid-back, Mayberry-like town of Oxford.

Granville County Court House

I pushed Mama out at the library to do her research and I think I drove up and down every back road in Granville County. It was sooooo wonderful to breathe fresh farm air and to listen and not hear horns blaring and deafening sirens. I thought maybe I'd died and gone to heaven until I came over a hill and 'bout back-ended a John Deere tractor. So, if you live on rural route 96 and on Friday morning, say about 9:30 you heard "Jesus Take The Wheel" it was not a warped C.D. of Carrie Underwood.

Warrenton, North Carolina

After spending two days in Oxford we pulled up tent (i.e. -paid our bill at the Comfort Inn - which was very nice, by the way) and headed over to the county seat of Warren County. Warrenton. I have one word for Warrenton. Puh-recious.

Okay, I can just hear all you Oxfordians getting your panties in a wad. I loved Oxford, too. Warrenton is just so rural and out of the way. Oxford sits right off a major highway, but you have to really be lookin' hard to find Warrenton. It's definitely a destination - not a place you need to drive by or through to get to someplace else. Peaceful doesn't even begin to describe it. (Read the above inscription on the photo. That's the essence of what my heart longs for. Hmm...'essence of what my heart longs for'. Sounds a little bit too fancy but you get my drift.)

I did take lots of pictures of old cemetaries, lovely antebellum homes and even an old plantation home that was built by my family. But first I have to find the cord to my camera. (Where is that thing?)

Speaking of road trips, I am starting to get more details of my upcoming book tour so I had should be able to let you know where I'll be in the next few months or so. Although release date isn't until August I do have a few events scheduled for the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime I want to leave you with the link to order a copy before it hits the shelf.


Until next time,