I want you to get to know some of the characters of my novel Beyond the Past, Book 2 in the Caney Creek Series. 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 when you comment there.
Today I’m talking with Art Gray, teenage son of Callie and Arthur. He lives in Newton, Tennessee with his family.
JO: Art, can you stop and talk with me for a minute?
ART: I’m supposed to be working, but maybe I can talk to you for a minute.
JO: Thanks. What are you working at?
ART: Oh, just doing community service and today I’m picking up trash around the school.
JO: Why are you doing community service?
ART: I got into some trouble and the judge ordered me to do this.
JO: You must have been in some big trouble to get ordered to do this.
ART: Yeah, I guess. I don’t like school and only go if I have to. I wrecked my car one day when I skipped school.
JO: Were you hurt when you wrecked your car?
ART: Not much. A broken arm and they took out my spleen. But the worse thing was when I wrecked my car I’d been drinking some beer. That’s what got me in trouble with the judge. I’m supposed to go to an Alcohol Anonymous meeting every week. I went once and found out the people there were just a bunch of losers. I’m not going back.
JO: Art, if you don’t go to those meetings won’t you be in trouble with the judge again? Have you thought about that?
ART: Not much. What else can he do to me? He’s already taken away my driver’s license for two months. The way I see it, the judge can’t make it any worse than it already is.