Kentucky Tourism

Hodson, Debbie — Ivystone Press

Emmalena, KY



Debbie Hodson is a native of Letcher County; her ancestors first came to the mountains in the early 1800’s.  Debbie’s writing is greatly influenced by this heritage and the years she has lived along the banks of Troublesome Creek in Knott County.


Debbie’s book, A Mountain Rainbow, is a children’s book set in the mountains of Appalachia in the late 1930’s.  It chronicles the story of ten year old Nellie who carries a lifelong love of the region in her heart.  Original watercolor illustrations by Knott County resident Miriam Moyer accompany the text.


Debbie has always found herself “playing with words” in many different ways throughout her life.  As her children grew older, Debbie began writing more seriously.  She found that raising four sons offered abundant writing material.  Debbie has had essays published in Appalachian Heritage, M Magazine, the Lexington Herald-Leader, and Troublesome Creek Times, where she wrote a weekly column.


Debbie’s book can be found at Appalachian/Artisan Center in Hindman and at Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea, KY.