Don't get me wrong. I love to 'have written'. Nothing is as much fun nor as exciting as travelling, meeting new people, seeing new parts of the country and personally autographing a novel you've put your heart and soul into.
But when you're a people person like yours truly it physically hurts to sit at home behind a computer and type. I almost need to be in the midst of chaos to be able to think and create.
But blogging? Now that's a whole 'nother story. I know, I know. I've been a slacker the past few months, but I am still in love with communicating with you through my blog. Don't ask me why, but it doesn't feel as lonely. I think it's because you can leave comments - and I like comments (hint, hint).
Anyway, while you know 'The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe' is a fictitious story, there are some aspects that are real. I was just thinking that if I show you some pictures and tell you a bit about what's 'real' and what is isn't it might put me back in the mood to start the second in the series.
So, here goes:
In case you're wondering how I come up with the names of my characters: the name of a street in my neighborhood where I walk.
Below is a (very distant) photo of 'Molly's' house. While Molly is a fictitious character, I instinctively put her in a house that I tried to buy when I thought I'd leave Washington, DC. This house is actually how I came up with the idea for this novel. I was so unhappy about not being able to move back and start a new life that I thought I'd just write about it. Ofentimes, late at night when my head touches the pillow, this is the house I go to in my dreams.
Terry McCallister - a character in the book and a character in real life.
He really does own the gun shop/museum in downtown El Dorado Springs, Missouri (Carl's Gun Shop). If you remember, Terry protects Molly and Jennifer from that trouble-maker 'Roy Bob Benson' when he shows up at the cafe three sheets into the wind.
Sally and I on a visit to the museum last winter right before the book was released.
And speaking of Miss Sally, she shows up in the book as one of Molly's two dogs (along with Violet who stayed home this trip). She really wasn't sure what she thought of the stuffed bear in the background.
Aaannnddd (drum roll, please).....
This corner building is 'The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe'. Well, not really. It's actually a store called 'Foundation 81' (1881 is when the town was founded). I tried to talk the proprietor into opening a real, true-blue Hillbilly Debutante Cafe to no avail.
There has, however, been some talk of the Revitalization committee (yes, just like in the book there really is a committee) opening one. I think that would be fabulous!
Now. Although the story is fictitious there is 'some' truth. For instance, the radio station owner and the newspaper owner really do despise one another and there is an ongoing feud. I got a front-row view of all the action when I worked at the radio station (KESM).
And apparently a few town councilmen were not happy with the story line. The mayor made sure to release an article -on the front page of the newspaper no less - that the town had just passed an audit and was not on it's deathbed. I did mention the storyline was fictitious, didn't I? Oh well.
Funny thing is, when I go into 'Foundation 81', I don't see racks of clothing or walls with shoe displays. I don't even see the soda bar in the back. Nope. When I walk into that building I see cafe tables, with Jennifer waiting tables. I see 'Big Scott' in his cowboy hat claiming his slice of pie that he won in the cafe naming contest. At the bar I see 'Brother Jeff' and his parishioners laughing and telling jokes and parked out front I 'see' Molly's 1952 red Chevy truck named "Dixie".....
When you read it I hope you 'see' those same things....
So now....let's do something we haven't done for a while. Let's have a giveaway! Leave a comment and your name will be entered in a drawing for your free copy of 'The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe'. If you're the lucky winner I'll also do a phone interview with your book club - my favorite thing to do. Better yet, if you live within an 80 mile radius of me I will show up to your book club - in person!
Til next time,