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.