Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Monday, April 15, 2013

Meet James

Monday Meanderings

I want you to get to know some of the characters of my novel That Summer. For the next few Mondays I’ll interview one of the characters and you can leave comments if you want. I think this might help you when you read my novel to know how these characters feel as they move through the story. If you leave a comment on this blog that is totally related to the interview I'll give you an extra entry in the next Thursday book drawing.

Beyond the Past, book 2 in the Caney Creek Series releases this week. I have a few more characters to chat with from That Summer, then I'll start with characters from book 2.

Today I’m interviewing James Hensen who is the only child of Caroline Hensen. They live in Knoxville, Tennessee not far from the University of Tennessee campus.

JO: James, hello. You’re here on the University of Tennessee campus. Are you a student here?

JAMES: Yes, ma’am, I am.

JO: What year are you in? What are you studying?

JAMES: I’m in my third year. I’m thinking of going into pre-law and then on to law school here at UT.

JO: That’s a fine ambition. Your parents are probably proud of you.

JAMES: Well, it’s just Mom. She is proud of me. My dad died when I was a baby. Mom raised me by herself with some help from my Great Aunt Martha. I’m proud of my mom.

JO: So you never knew your dad? I guess that’s been tough.

JAMES: Yes. It has always been just Mom and me. All my grandparents are dead. Mom did a good job raising me and keeping us together. We’ve done well. She and I are my family.

JO: Where are you from, James?

JAMES: Here. I’ve lived my whole life here in Knoxville.

JO: So you don’t live on campus?

JAMES: No, ma’am, I live with my mom. We have a great house. It’s really near to the campus. Mom and I get along really well. You should meet her. She’s a fine lady. And a lady she is. She’s raised me right and I’m glad she did. She says I’ve never given her a day of trouble. She might be stretching the truth there a little.

JO: She’s probably not. You’re a well mannered young man. Do you have a girlfriend?

JAMES: I think I probably do. I’ve met this girl from down near Chattanooga. She is the sweetest thing. Pretty. My mom likes her. I took her home to eat with us and my mom seemed to get along fine with her.

JO: Since it’s always been just you and your mom, do you think your mom would ever be jealous of any girls you bring home?

JAMES: Mom, jealous? No, not a bit. She always wants what I want, what will  make me happy. We don’t argue. We may disagree sometimes but we always talk it out and everything ends up with both of us still smiling.

JO: Has your mom always lived here in Knoxville?

JAMES: Yes, I think so. She knows a lot about Atlanta because she went to a girls’ college down there. But we’ve always lived here.

JO: Where is your girlfriend from?

JAMES: She’s from a small town about half way between here and Chattanooga. She was a little shy when I first met her. She’s never been to a larger place like Knoxville. We hit it off right when we met. I’m helping her learn about the area and things to do here. We can talk about anything. She’s almost like family, we get along so well.

JO: I’m sure you’re a perfect gentleman and a great tour guide for her so she can learn her way around here. Do you see a future for the two of you?

JAMES: I don’t know about that. We sure do seem to have a lot in common. I guess you never know what the future holds.

The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of Love's Journey by Kelly Irvin is JanetE. I'll email you to get your mailing address and get the book out to you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


  1. Jo, these interviews have been such fun. Sounds like James mom did a great job of raising him. A very nice young man. It would be hard to raise a child alone. Glad I didn't have to. I'm thinking he and this girl get together. With the same kind of raising should be good. By the way, Congratulations seem to be in order. :) I am a follower of your blog. I love to visit with you. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

    1. Maxie, thanks so much for visiting with me on my Monday blogs. I appreciate the comment about James.

  2. James seems to be a find young man. I'm sure his mother is very proud of him!

    1. Kay, thanks so much for coming by my Monday blog. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.