Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Monday, April 8, 2013

Meet Lynn

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.

Today I’m interviewing Lynn Callaway, the daughter of Jim Callaway. They live in Newton, Tennessee. Lynn currently attends the University of Tennessee.

JO: Hello, Lynn. Are you a student here at the University of Tennessee?

LYNN: Yes, ma’am, I am.

JO: What year are you in?

LYNN: This is my first year.

JO: Do you like it so far?

LYNN: Yes, I do. At first I was a good bit confused. I’d never been this far away from home. I think I had a bad case of homesickness, but I’m not sure. On one of my lowest days, when my heart actually hurt, I met a boy at the drugstore. He was so polite and we talked for a long time.

JO: So, you have a boyfriend, then?

LYNN: I don’t know about that. Could be. We’re just being friends right now, I think. He's awfully nice to me. I’ve been to his house once. He lives with his mom in a fine house not too far from the campus. He’s good to me and so good looking. I’d really like to have him for a boyfriend.

JO: Where do you live, Lynn?

LYNN:  I live in a dorm on campus. When I first came here Daddy drove me from home and helped me get all my things up to my room. That was a rough day, saying good-bye to Daddy. I don’t think he wanted to leave me. But he said I needed to get out of our little town and learn about other places.

ME: Did your mom drive here with you?

LYNN: Well…no. My mother is dead. She died when I was two years old. It’s just Daddy and me and that’s our little family. I do have some aunts and uncles from Daddy’s side and also from Mother’s side of the family. I think they all helped Daddy a lot when he was raising me.

ME: Where are you from, Lynn?

LYNN: We live in a little town about half way between here and Chattanooga in a place called Newton. My daddy owns the hosiery mill there. It’s the biggest employer in the town. My daddy is a great parent and a good man to all his employees. He’s just a good man all around.

ME: I’m sure he is. Has he never thought of remarrying?

LYNN: He’s never mentioned it. He doesn’t date any one. He’s never had anyone over to our house. I think he might get lonely sometimes. I’m sure he’s lonely there in our big house all by himself now that I’m here. But he puts a lot of time into his work.

ME: How would you feel if he did meet someone he wanted to marry?

LYNN: Hmmm. I don’t know. I’ve never really thought about that. It’s never come up in our conversations. I want my daddy to be happy so if he ever meets someone I’ll try to like her too. I can’t remember my mother except from pictures he shows me. It’s not like Mother died recently. I wouldn’t think he was replacing Mother.

ME: So you think you’d be okay if your daddy found someone to share his life with you and him?

LYNN: Like I said, I’ve never thought that much about it. It might happen or it might not. I guess time will tell.

The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of A Home for Lydia by Vannetta Chapman is Deanna. 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. I can totally relate to your experience of having to kiss your dad goodbye. I was still living at home with my parents in 1968. On Saturday, March 9, 1968, my husband and I got married. He was stationed in Detroit on the Coast Cutter Bramble. I am from Hancock, MI which is in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. On Sunday after our gift opening, hubby and I left my parents home to start our new married life in Detroit. As we said goodbye to my mom and dad, there were tears running down their faces. When it was time for my husband to be discharged from the Coast Guard, we talked about where we were going to live. He was from Erie, PA and I from the UP of MI. He said to me, I love the UP so much, I would like to settle down there. 45 years later, we still live in our home in MI. He wouldn't leave here except for a vacation.

  2. I just received my copy of That Summer. I can't wait to read it.

    Rose M.

    1. Rose, glad you received your copy of That Summer. Happy reading!

  3. I can identify with your dad as my daughter will be starting college in the fall!and with you as I had to kiss my dad goodbye at my dorm as well!Shelia hall

  4. Jean and Shelia, thanks for your comments sharing your experience with that of Lynn. Because your comments are totally related to the blog interview today, you'll both get an extra entry in the book drawing on Thursday, April 11.


  6. Lynn sounds like a sweet girl. She is very fortunate to be going to college. I can't imagine how hard it would be to grow up without a mother.
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  7. Shelley and KayM, thanks for your comments that are totally related to this blog post. I appreciate how you shared with Lynn's experiences. You'll each get an extra entry if you leave a comment on Thursday's blog post.

  8. Thanks for the review, interview and chance to win a book!

    Karen Schulz
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  9. Jo. I love these interviews with your characters. It makes it easier to know them when you read the book. I can imagine how hard it would be for her dad to let her go, when she is the only one with him for all of this time. It was hard to say goodbye to my youngest when she left home to move to Texas after graduation. I was living in a small town in OK. But, it must have been really hard for her too, when he had been her whole life, never having a mother. A lot of kids(even grown) find it hard to deal with either parent when the other dies.
    but I think it is being selfish. I told my mom in years after my dad died that if she ever found someone she could be happy with it was okay with me. I just wanted her to be happy, and being a widow is a lonely life. Now,, I'm not sure about my siblings. My hubby has been gone for 16 years now and I have no interest in being married again.
    Enjoyed this tho a little late getting here this week. Was thinking I had commented already. Must have gotten interrupted. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  10. I was trying to put myself in Lynn's place. I think it would be hard to see one of your parents with someone else but I also would hope that I would be loving enough and accepting enough if that should happen.

    I am also your follower, Jo!