Monday, April 22, 2013

Meet Mrs. Mary Jacob


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 released last 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 Mary Jacob, Caroline’s mother. She and her husband, Fred, live in Newton, Tennessee.


JO: Mrs. Jacob, may I have a few minutes of your time?

MARY: Of course, but please call me Mary.

JO: I’ve met your daughter, Caroline. She’s a beautiful young woman.

MARY: Yes, she is. Thank you.

JO: Have you lived here in Newton all your life”

MARY: No, I have not. I am from Chattanooga. I met my husband there at the birthday party of a mutual friend. Fred, my husband, lived here and when we were married, I moved to Newton.

JO: Do you like living in Newton?

MARY: Yes, I suppose so.

JO: You suppose so? You’re not sure?

MARY: There are two kinds of people who live in Newton. On the west side of town are the craftsmen and those who work at the mill. On the east side of town, where we live, is where the doctors, lawyers, and business owners live.

JO: Really? What does your husband do?

MARY: Fred owns the hosiery mill, the largest employer in the town. We live on Avery Street where our back lot borders Caney Creek. The creek winds behind all the homes on the east side of town.

JO: You have the one child, your daughter?

MARY: Yes, we have one child, Caroline. She has finished one year at Agnes Scott College. That is near Atlanta.

JO: It seems she isn’t at home this afternoon.

MARY: No, she is not. I hope she is out having fun with young people of those who live on this side of town.

JO: So, you’re selective of her friends?

MARY: I most certainly am! I do not want her spending time with those below our class. She needs to uphold our standards of living and be around those of like upbringing.

JO: You don’t think you’ve raised your daughter to intelligently choose her friends?

MARY: I have certainly tried. But she is spending time with a loading dock worker at the plant. He is not our type. I have forbidden her to be around him. I am sure she has heeded my advice. If she married someone like that young man, what kind of life would she have? A very poor one, I assure you! Not a life that she is accustomed to.

JO: But if Caroline is in love with someone below your class, would you stand in her way?

MARY: I most certainly would. We don’t marry beneath us!


The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of Terri by Sharon Srock is Rose. 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.

13 comments:

  1. Mary Jacob seems like such a snob. I feel bad for Caroline and I haven't even read the book yet.

    cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. I'm also a follower of this blog. :)

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    1. Cindi, thanks for your opinion of Mary Jacob and your feelings for Caroline. By doing these character interviews I'd hoped to get readers to get to know them better as they read through the book. I appreciate you being a follower and thanks for leaving your comment.

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  3. I came over here from Dawn Byrd's blog to leave a comment in hopes of winning a Kindle copy of your book. Since I live in the Atlanta area, your book is of special interest to me.

    I love the looks and feel of your blog. It is very inviting. Thank you for entering me into your contest.

    Blessings, Janice G jsmithg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Janice, Thanks for hopping over from Dawn's blog. I'm glad you like my blog and find it very inviting. NOW, JANICE, IF YOU COMMENT ON MY THURSDAY BLOG where I do giveaway books you'll get an extra entry because you commented on this character blog. And on April 25, I'll be drawing for 2 books from subscribers to my newsletter. If you choose, you can subscribe to my newsletter in the left sidebar, above. So nice to have you visit today and hope you come by again.

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    2. Mary is a snob and to her Caroline needs to marry within their society. It doesn't matter if Caroline loved them and Caroline would have a difficult life if she did not marry someone in their society.
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    3. Barbara, thank you for expresses your emotions about Caroline and her mother. I appreciate you coming by and reading my character interview. NOW, JANICE, IF YOU COMMENT ON MY THURSDAY BLOG where I do giveaway books you'll get an extra entry because you commented on this character blog. And on April 25, I'll be drawing from current subscribers of my newsletter for 2 books. If you choose, you can subscribe to my newsletter in the left sidebar, above. So nice to have you visit today and hope you come by again.

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  4. I feel sorry for Caroline! Her parents demanding that she marry only in your own society circle is so bad!Shelia Hall sheliarha64@yahoo.com

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    1. Shelia, thanks for commenting on this character interview blog. From your comment I think you would enjoy That Summer, book 1 in my Caney Creek Series. Caroline and her mother are in that book. You'll get an extra entry if you leave a comment on Thursday this week.

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  5. Oh my, it sounds like someone is in for a shock! I don't think forbidding your mostly grown daughter from seeing someone beneath her usually works out very well. It does sound interesting for the reader, though!

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    1. Kay, glad you came by and commented. That Summer has a lot in it about Caroline and her family, especially her mother. You'll get that extra entry if you comment on Thursday this week.

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  6. Hi Jo. I enjoyed this. Sounds like Mary is sort of snotty. Obviously thinks she is so much better than others who don't have as much as she has. I feel sorry for Caroline if she falls in love with a poor boy. That attitude is a good way to lose her only daughter. But, she should follow her heart, even tho her mother doesn't approve. After all it is her that needs to choose. Our family was poor folks, but rich in love and the love off GOD, and had a very happy and loving life. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Amen, Maxie! I'm glad you enjoyed this character interview. I love it when you write that your family was poor folks, but rich in love and the love of God. Thanks for sharing your emotions. Hope you get to read That Summer. Comment on Thursday's blog this Sat and you'll have an extra entry for the book drawing.

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