Join us tomorrow, we are featuring Kitty Sutton.
Kitty Sutton was born Kathleen Kelley to a Cherokee/Irish family. Both sides of her family were from performing families in Kansas City, Missouri and Kitty was trained from an early age in dance, vocal, art and musical instruments. Her father was a Naval band leader. During the Great Depression, her mother helped to support her family by tap dancing in the 'speakeasys' even though she was just a child; she was very tall for her age but made up like an adult, so Kitty had music and art on all sides of her family which ultimately helped to feed her imaginative mind and desire to succeed. She received a scholarship and a grant to UMKC where she majored in music and dance. Kitty married a wonderful Cherokee artist from Oklahoma, in fact he had been born in the very area that she writes about in her Wheezer series of novels. After raising her family, they came to Branson, Missouri and she created and performed in her own one woman show there for twelve years. To honor her father, she performed under the name Kitty Kelley. She has three music albums and several original songs to her credit and is best known for her comical, feel good song called, It Ain't Over Till The Fat Lady Sings, which is a song about liking yourself no matter what size you are. Kitty has been writing for many years and in 2011 Inknbeans Press accepted her manuscript of a historical Native American murder mystery. First in a line of stories featuring Wheezer, a Jack Russell Terrier and his Cherokee friend, Sasa, it is called, Wheezer And The Painted Frog. Although suitable for young adults, the book is not a children's book, but addresses the very real tragedies that took the lives of so many Cherokee people in 1839.
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