Monday, January 24, 2011

Hello, dear ones! I don't have time to talk today, but I did want to give you a 'heads up' on when the documentary is scheduled for broadcast.
For those of you coming late to the party, let me first of all extend a 'hearty' welcome!
I am a writer and my novel, "False Victim" (based on a true story) has been made into a documentary to be aired on the ID channel (Investigation Discovery).
The program airs 10:30 ET/9:30 CT on Monday night January 31st.
It's only a 30 minute program so those of you on the East Coast, don't fret - you won't lose too much beauty sleep (wink!)
You also need to know that the producers insisted we change our names since our stalker was never prosecuted.
Our names our Bob and Mary (original, huh?) and the kids names are Nicole and Tyler.
William (Tyler) has never discussed those years. I have tried on so many occasions to get him to open up and talk to me about it and he just refuses. As a matter of fact, he can't even get past the first few chapters of the book, so the reality of him even wanting to answer the reporters questions was amazing to me.
To say that we are eager to hear his testimony is an understatement.
While they will be showing pictures of our family during the time this event transpired, William's face will be blurred during the interview for his protection.
I am still waiting on the 'green-light' for the producers to start filming the movie version. That should be any day now.
Don't hesitate to leave me a comment if you have any questions.
Til next time,

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Things are going to change around here. I mean really change.

I haven't liked the direction my writings have been going for quite some time now and I've been contemplating on what the problem is.

I have finally figured it out.

Remember the old days of 'Dixie Road trips', speeding through the Virginia countryside scouting for treasures, pictures of all the beautiful things along the way - a forever reminder of all the adventure (i.e. mischief) of the day. Think back to the light-hearted posts on all of the recipes gone wrong(and there were many), all the goofy mishaps, the moments that had gone awry in a crazy, Lucille Ball-like fashion, and hilarious misfortunes that just seemed to follow me everywhere. And I could laugh at all of it!

So what happened?

(Big sigh) For starters, Dixie is gone. She
crossed the wide Potomac River (and took my heart with her) and is now owned by a formerly vehicle-less family no longer at the tender mercy of the Washington D.C. metro transit system. Now instead of an occasional 'Dixie road trip' she is used every single day travelling at full throttle up and down the Beltway carrying her loved ones to work, school, and so I've heard, wonderful thrift-store expeditions.
I hear she's happy.

Dixie was my sole identity for a long time and because of her I was able to hold on to the last remnant of that 'fun, crazy, free-spirited' girl from the Ozarks.

I bet if Dixie's new family will listen very carefully on a warm summer drive when the windows are down they can hear the ghost of that girl's faint laughter softly echoing through the breeze....

Then came the book.

Oh yes, the book. A huge, wonderful, exciting, monetary blessing - but a sharp, painful, double-edged sword. Writing it was definitely not therapeutic.


it's hard to hate what brought me

not to mention selling the movie rights and the Discovery Channel Documentary that will play on January 31 on Investigation: Discovery.

But somewhere in the midst of all this exhilaration I have gotten lost.

My goodness it's so easy to let that happen in a big city.

It's the fast-paced, break-neck speed and I'm describing the pedestrians - not the traffic! Everyone is in a hurry, no one cares, no one smiles - all robots programmed to full speed, scrambling through a maze, pushing each other out of the way to get to who knows where- do not stop, do not pass go, do not collect $200.

When I stepped outside today it was not the frigid wind or the overpowering fuel fumes that took my breath away. It was the realization that the longer I stay here the more I become them.



I can not let that happen.

I will not let that happen.

Oh no....

I need to do less of


and concentrate more on


Oh, and most definitely,


So for the next couple of days you'll find me


my very, very favorite spot in the world while I wrap up my manuscript

"The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe"

I simply can not wait to promote this next book -

it is so much more 'me'

the real me

Happy, free-spirited



So, if you'll excuse me while I just take a little break, I promise to come back, re-freshed, re-cuperated, and re-focused on bringing back the good old days.

Oh, and some of you have e-mailed about that 'challenge' I talked about earlier.

I haven't forgotten!

Back soon!

Monday, January 3, 2011

I'm at The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe

Happy New Year my friends!!
Even if you're 2010 was as exciting as mine, I'm sure you're still roaring to get started on 2011. There's just something about a new year, a new beginning.
Those of you who have been with me for a while might remember that I started "Hillbilly Debutante" with a 5 year plan. Well, I am now going into the 4th year of that plan and by Christmas 2011 I expect to have achieved every single one of my goals. That's right. I expect to have everything crossed off a whole year early. God is so good to me!
I have something I want to talk to you about and challenge you on....but it'll have to wait.
Right now I have to get busy. I have to finish the mansucript for my new novel, The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe, scheduled for release in October of this year.
When I come back I'll introduce you to 2011's first "Hillbilly Debutante of the Month", and then I'll tell you what I have in mind for your 2011 'challenge'.