Tuesday, August 31, 2010

All Day with the Film Crew

The film crew arrived on time yesterday (Monday) - 10:00 am on the dot. Within a few minutes they'd set up 'shop' in the house and were ready to roll.
I went first....

This empty chair is where I sat during my interview.

Aaron clowning around while sitting in granddaughter Sophia's 'princess' chair. (They filmed Rachael and I in the 'girls' living room and Jay and Will in the 'manly' living room).

This is my view fom the interview chair as camera man Tim Keating gets the focus 'just right' before we begin. (Ummm Tim? Can you shave a few pounds from my frame maybe?)

Aaron Keating, a little more serious this time as he makes sure Rachael trips the 'light fantastic' and Scott, seated, asking a few prep questions before the camera rolls. I'm standing behind them gazing into the monitor, amazed at how beautiful my daughter looks on camera.

And here she is again in the middle of her interview...I stayed just long enough to get a picture.
After Rachael's interview it was Will's turn. At first we nixed the idea of including him (the film is part of a documentary "Stalked" to be played as part of a series on the Discovery Channel) but he wanted to participate and at the end of the day we thought it might be therapeutic for him. He never talks about what happened. He hasn't even read the book and the most I've ever heard him say was to tell a friend that he 'just couldn't read it.' They agreed to shoot him with a 'shadow' for safety purposes. He was a little boy when this happened and I don't want anyone to know what he looks like now.
The crew was wonderful to us and Scott was an amazing interviewer. He just had a way of making us feel so comfortable. It was like bumping into an old friend you haven't seen in ages but you just seem to pick up where you left off.
It was draining, but yet it was good, too.

If you're a new reader of Hillbilly Debutante this is what all the fuss is about.

You can also check out my website at
I have lots of new pictures to post soon and next week I'll reveal the very first
"Hillbilly Debutante of the Month"
Until next time....
Happy Trails!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Discovery Channel....

Today is a big day. The production company for the Discovery Channel films our part of the documentary to be played back during National Stalking Awareness Month in January.
This morning (Sunday) they filmed my attorney, Ray Morley. Monday morning they'll film Russell Sudder the private investigator and then late morning the crew will show up at our house for our segment.
Okay, here's the clencher. They're making us change our names. We can't use the names we used in the book either. They're totally fictitious names. Bob and Mary. How drab. No offense if you're a 'Bob' or a 'Mary' - it's nothin' personal - I'm just not real whippy on having to use a pseudonym, that's all.
Oh, well.
Now on to other news - I did it! I've taken the plunge; I've sent out a query letter to a web designer about doing something fun and fresh with Hillbilly Debutante.
Hopefully I'll hear back from her this week and we can get started quickly.
Until next time '
♪♫Happy Trails to you-
♪♫'til we meet again....♪♫

Friday, August 27, 2010

So....Here is the 'new' hillbilly debutante'...

I'm not crazy about this to tell you the truth. You know when you have an image of the way you want something to be and you won't be happy til you get it? Well, that's where I'm at.
I want a vintage background with cowboy boots.....or maybe a vintage truck...or bicycle...a picture/drawing/or photograph that when you see it it just says to you...'hillbilly debutante'.
It can be a shabby chic scene, maybe a vintage chandelier lying beside a pair of cowboy boots.
I can picture exactly what I want but I can't seem to make it work - I didn't find a lot of options on blogspot but I really don't want to change.
I wished I'd listened to Mama back in the late 80's when she said to me, "You need to learn all you can about computers. Yes ma'am, that's what the future is gonna be - all about computers." So, I suppose she was right. Again.
Well, I think I'm just gonna hire someone to spruce this ol' gal up - it's time to break open the piggy bank. I think it's worth it.
♪♫Happy Trails to you...♪♫
Until we meet again...♪♫

Thursday, August 26, 2010

New "False Victim" website

This is my new website for my novel "False Victim". Feel free to pop in and have a look around. I'm still in the process of editing but you're able to leave comments if you want. By the end of the day I should - should being the operative word here - have my tour schedule posted on 'events' page, my publicists info for bookings, and ahem....get this - a book club section where you all can ask questions or just have a discussion about the plot with other readers. I thought that was pretty dog-gone cool. Hopefully others will, too.

Now that I have a web page that focuses solely on the book, us Hillbilly Debutantes over here can focus on other things....ya know...like country music, old trucks, vintage clothes and cool junk!

Speaking of junk - have you heard the news?? I believe that the ''Junk Gypsies'' are about to get their own show! My life is now perfect.

(If you don't know who the "Junk Gypsies" then click on "Junk Gypsy Blog" to see what you've been missin'.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Please forgive me for being AWOL the past week. I'm currently on a book tour in Missouri and it's been a whirlwind. When I'm not at a book store I am answering e-mails, working out scheduling glitches and other minor mishaps that occur. It's all good.
I have several items of business I want you to know about.
Number 1. Please check out my new website.
It's not usable yet, but after next week it will be good to go. Familiarize yourself with it as later there will be a place for you all to click on that will allow each of you to discuss the book amongst yourselves. I'll drop in from time to time and answer any questions you might have for me, too. I'll have my schedule posted and I'll be able to keep you up to date on upcoming books.
Number 2. Starting in September "Hillbilly Debutante" will be making some major changes. I'll be changing the blog to make it prettier - she's been boring for way too long - so it's time to hire a professional to dazzle her up a bit.
Number 3. "Hillbilly Debutante of The Month". I don't have time to go into too much detail, but starting in September each month one woman who exemplifies the free-spirit, fun-loving, interesting attributes that make up a modern woman will be showcased as "Hillbilly Debutante of the Month." Maybe she is a country girl now living in the city who has figured out how to incorporate simplicity into a hectic urban life. Or maybe she is a country girl that LOVES the city and has no intention of going back. HDOM can be a business woman, stay at home mom, college student, grandmother - YOU will get to decide! Drop me a line - I'm interested to know what you think of this. (FYI - I already have September and October just to get the ball rolling).
Number 4: I am in the process of having "Hillbilly Debutante" t-shirts designed for giveaways and for sale. And my sweet friend Lindsay Bowman who is in the midst of kicking off her stationary business will be designing "Hillbilly Debutante" stationary.
As you can see I haven't been neglecting you on purpose. My little brain has been whirrin' away tryin' to come up with new ideas to freshen up. I've been really stale around here.
I'm interested to know your thoughts and hear some of your ideas. In the meantime, please browse some of my friends on my blog roll. There is something for everyone!
Love to you all and I'll try to post some pictures tonight.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Last Saturday @ Borders in Woodbridge, VA

The booksigning in Woodbridge Saturday was a huge success!
Thank you to everyone who came out and bought the book. Below is a picture of those who showed up who are characters in the book.

All in all we sold 60 books!
I'm preparing for the Discovery Channel filming this weekend and then Sunday we leave for my Missouri tour.
I'm starting a new segment on Hillbilly Debutante soon that I think you'll really like. I'll try to get it up before I leave next week.
Also, I'll be introducing my new website soon that is dedicated to all things writing which will free Hillbilly Debutante up to talk about other things.
Until next time,

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Okay, Kath....take a deep breath. It's all in His hands now...
My book tour begins today. It's in Woodbridge, Virginia, at the Borders on Prince William Parkway.
I begged my publicist, Traci to start me off there. I needed to do my kick off there. In that town. There.
For those of you that don't know, Woodbridge is where the plot happened. It's where our lives would be forever changed.
I have no clue how today will go. None. Nada. But I know Who holds today.
I couldn't have done this without you all. You're two years of encouragement and some days just holding me up has meant everything to me.
Today may be a flop. Maybe not. But whatever happens I'll always be truthful with you...so are you ready? Let's begin.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

We went to Lonestar Steakhouse tonight and as I was walking to the table
I tripped and practically fell into the lap of this handsome fella.

Yeah, well maybe landing in his lap would have spared me the embarrassment and humiliation of laying out spread-eagle in the middle of the restaurant floor. Everyone stopped and stared. Of course once they got over the initial shock of seeing a middle-aged blonde woman in cowboy boots with her skirt up over head on the floor they all tried to help me up.
Oh well. No one ever died from bruised pride - or bruised hiny for that matter.
On a more pleasant note I'll be signing my book at Borders in Woodbridge, VA this Saturday (Aug 7th) at 1:00. I'd love to see you there if you're in the area.
And I'll be sitting down - you won't have to worry about me falling all over you!
Cheers -

Yikes! I've been lyin'.

On the back of my book underneath my authors photo it states that I 'maintain a daily blog called Hillbilly Debutante'. Well I do have a blog. You're at it and 'Hillbilly Debutante' is the name, but that 'daily' bit is false advertising. I'll try to do better.

Here are some new pics from my release day party at restaurant "Floriana" in DuPont Circle in the heart of Washington, D.C. This event was a smaller crowd and I had the chance to visit with each of my guests and savor the moment.

This is my friend Sharon. Guess how we met. Give up? When 'Victoria' magazine re-launched back in 2007 I joined the Victoria website chat room and found that a few of the ladies I was chatting with were local. Sharon was one of those women. We decided to meet and as they say, the rest is history.

This is Beth. She used to work for my husband and she's one of my favorite people of all time. She is always, and I mean always happy.

One of the highlights of the night was meeting Bethany from Maryland Pink and Green. She's beautiful, so, so sweet and very ladylike. You'll find her link on my blog list on the main page.

A girlfriend from high school - Teresa (Haines) Kripp also came down for the celebration. I haven't seen in her in over 30 years! I was afraid I wouldn't recognize her but I did right off the bat. She hasn't aged at all!

I'm hoping to to take a Hillbilly road trip soon to New Town, Pennsylvania to visit her. I've never been in that part of the country before and I'm needin' a road trip!

And this is just a random picture to remind me to keep my nose to the grindstone, pen to paper and keep my eye on the prize.
Now wouldn't I look cute driving that truck into Waterford, Virginia?
Only 3 more years to go.

Monday, August 2, 2010

This is not the most flattering photo of me I know, but I've got a lot on my mind here in Hillbilly Debutante-ville.
Starting this week my life is fixin' to change. I know this. Is that good or bad? I guess that remains to be seen but let's just say I'm optimistic.

Tomorrow, (Tuesday August 3rd) my novel "False Victim" is released in book stores. You don't get to write a book and slap 'based on a true story' without proving that it is indeed, based on a true story. First, I had to have proof for my publisher. Then when I sold the movie rights I had to show proof to the producers. Most recently I had to prove this nightmare happened to Atlas Media in New York City who is preparing to film a documentary in the next few weeks to be shown during National Stalking Awareness Month in January.
I also just spent a full day with WUSA Channel 9 news reporter Brittany Morehouse who is doing a big piece on Tuesday nights 11pm news. I figure there'll probably be a whole lotta sweatin' goin' on in a certain Northern Virginia neighborhood, although they needn't worry. All names have been changed.

Back to the 'proof'. Lord knows I have plenty of it and I keep it all in a very, very safe place. I don't even keep it in my home for fear of a house fire. The family heirlooms aren't even as protected as much these items.

(re-visiting these documents is incredibly draining)

I get letters every day from readers wanting to know if I'm nervous or afraid that this book is coming out.


I'm not afraid because of this book.

It's pure gold.
I won't give away the plot to the book for those who haven't read it, but...

when a person goes on the stand and swears on a Bible that they never, ever, ever contacted the school to make false child abuse allegations - no phone calls, no visits, and especially no letters - oh my no! not even one itty bitty letter,

but yet they did

well, I believe that's called perjury.
So no. I anticipate no problems in that area.
At this point I am trying to gear up for my first book signing, which is by no coincidence in Woodbridge, Virginia (where the story takes place). I understand that "Lynn" the books nemesis has left her husband, taken on her maiden name and moved up north so there's no concern about her gracing us with her presence, however, I am travelling with a body guard just to err on the side of caution.
I sit here with mixed emotions.
I'm filled with excitement for the release of the book and all that comes with it. Writing a novel is not for sissies - it's hard work and I am so happy to have accomplished this.
I'm nervous, too. Since my first novel is a psychological thriller is that what readers will expect from me from here on out? Or will "The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe" put me in touch with a whole new set of readers? Or both? I suppose time will tell. Besides I should stop thinking so much and take time to enjoy this.
One thing remains constant. YOU! From the moment I put pen to paper, to finding a publicist, publisher, selling the movie rights - YOU have been there encouraging me, lifting me up and leaving the sweetest comments.
It's only fitting that you come along on my tour and everything else all 'this' entails.
I promise to post pictures, to post often and not leave out any of the details - both good and not-so-good.
Through Hillbilly Debutante I have made so many new friends. Some of you have gone on to be Facebook friends as well. You've become such an integral part of my life.
I can't thank you enough, but I can take you with me. So, put on your seat belt sit back and let's go. My goal is to meet as many of you as possible on this journey.
If you're in my neck of the woods feel free to join us at Florianna Restaurant on 17th and Q in DuPont Circle in D.C. Tuesday, August 3rd starting at 6 pm.