Author Chat with Kathie Truitt, The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe

Kathy Truitt
Country Bookshelf caught up with Kathie Truitt, author of The Hillbilly Debutante Café. Truitt gives us the inside scoop on her novel and her exciting new projects:

What inspired you to write The Hillbilly Debutante Café?

TRUITT: I have never really fully acclimated to city life, and I wanted to leave the city and move back to my childhood home - El Dorado Springs, Missouri - population 3500. (My parents and in-laws still live there). Moving back just wasn't an option so I thought I'd do the next best thing and write about it. Besides, I've been entertaining folks for years about the characters in my hometown - it seemed only natural my mini-stories would morph into a book.

The premise of The Hillbilly Debutante Café is so intriguing, why do you think it appeals to readers so much?

TRUITT:  Every one of my endorsers - even my editor - said that after reading "The Hillbilly Debutante Café" all they wanted to do was get in their car and drive to El Dorado Springs, Missouri where the story takes place. While each character is very likeable - even the 'bad guy' - the 'Mayberry-esque' town itself is actually the 'main character'.

The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe Book Cover
Sounds like it would be a delightful trip!  Inquiring readers want to know... what's one juicy tidbit that didn't make it into the pages of The Hillbilly Debutante Café?

TRUITT: One of the main characters, Jerry Ray Turner, the best mechanic in town, came out during the town's annual Picnic as a cross-dresser. Most folks think he's gay, but he isn't - and in the next book they will find out that a trauma in Jerry Ray's earlier life played a huge part in him taking a shine to ladies clothing.

What's next on the plate for Kathie Truitt?

TRUITT: Well, I am currently working on filming my own show aptly called "Hillbilly Debutante: Musings of a Country Girl Stuck in the City" with episodes to be shown on my blog and on my own youtube channel, and since "The Hillbilly Debutante Café" is first in a series I'm also working on the sequel.

Now that's a series we'll definitely be watching for. Where can we find you to follow the updates?

TRUITT: Readers can best reach me at my website -

Fantastic! If you could say anything at all to our Country Bookshelf readers, what would you say?

TRUITT: It's been said that the biggest regret people have at the end of their life is that they were too afraid to live their life the way they wanted to. Instead they lived the way they thought they were expected to do. While it has nothing to do with my book, on my blog "Hillbilly Debutante" my daily challenge to my readers is to 'Make living a wonderful art'! Make every day, every moment count! Dare to live your dreams.

Well said! Thanks so much for stopping by the Country Bookshelf, Kathie Truitt.  

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