Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Monday, June 10, 2013

Meet the Characters

Monday Meanderings

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 several 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.

JO: Lynn Callaway, hello. Do you live here in Knoxville?

LYNN: The answer to your question is a little complicated. My home is in Newton where my daddy owns a hosiery mill. I attend school at the University of Tennessee here in Knoxville. I began my freshman year living in a dormitory. But—how can I explain this—I met a boy, James, and we liked each other. He lives with his mom not far from the campus. He invited me to his home to meet his mother. Oh, she is the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen and so nice. But anyway, she invited my daddy and me to visit her home during Christmas break. My home’s in Newton.

JO: That was nice. Was the visit a good one?

LYNN: To say it was a good one is a great understatement. James and I found out that his mom and my daddy dated twenty years ago. They explained to each of us what had happened to separate them and, of course, that James and I are half brother and sister. I don’t have any brothers and sisters and neither does James. He was elated to have an actual family. I was slow to become happy about all this. I wanted James to be my handsome boyfriend not my half brother.

JO: So where do you live now? It’s summer quarter, isn’t it?

LYNN: Yes, ma’am, it is. After the four of us had been visiting since Christmas, James’s mom invited me to live in her home. So, Spring quarter I moved into her home. The three of us—James, his mom, and I—travel to Newton together some weekends, and then sometimes Daddy comes up here for a weekend. We’re really a family except for a Daddy.

JO: Do you think your daddy and James’s mom will marry?

LYNN: I don’t know, but I sure do hope they do.

JO: How does James feel about that?

LYNN:  He hopes they get married too. We’ve talked to Daddy and Caroline, separately of course, about marrying. I think Daddy is trying to get a few loose ends tied up before they might marry.

JO: What loose things?

LYNN: Well, after my grandparents died, Daddy, being the oldest child, tries to hold the family together. I have aunts and uncles and cousins and he tries to help out anytime they have any problems. He helps out gladly.

JO: If they do marry, where will y’all live since your daddy owns the mill in Newton and you and James go to school here in Knoxville?

LYNN: I think that may be one of the things that’s standing in the way of their marrying. That’s for them to work out. James and I are willing to go along with whatever they decide, but getting them to decide is the biggest problem. Caroline’s home here in Knoxville and also ours in Newton are large and would have room for all four of us. It’s really ironic but the home Daddy and I live in is where Caroline grew up.

JO: Really?

LYNN: Yes, ma’am, her daddy owned the mill that Daddy owns now. When Caroline’s parents were killed in a car crash, their wills left the mill and their home to Daddy. But Mother never lived in our house with Daddy so it wouldn’t bother Caroline to move in with Daddy.

JO: Where is your mother?

LYNN: My mother died when I was two years old. Her sister, Daddy’s sister, and Daddy’s landlady helped him raise me. I really don’t remember my mother except for things Daddy tells me and the pictures he has of her. But I’m hoping I’ll get a new Mother before too long.

The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of Calico Brides by Darlene Franklin is Barbara. 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. Oh, what a bummer about the boy being your half-brother. But you did gain two new people to your life. Thanks for having the giveaway.


    1. Rose, you're welcome. Yes, bless her heart, Lynn took the news worse than James did. I'll add another entry for you if you comment on Thursday's blog post. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  2. You & I have something in common, Lynn - I used to work in a hosiery mill. Sending up prayers that the Lord's will for your life will be revealed to you.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity, Jo!


    1. Bonnie, I've never worked in a hosiery mill. But do you remember the movie, Norma Rae? It was filmed in a town near to us. Sometimes we pass the mill where they filmed and I look at the door they carried Sally Fields out kicking and screaming. Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment. An extra entry if you comment on Thursday's blog.

  3. I really enjoy the interviews with the characters. I just started reading, Beyond the Past this morning. I am only on chapter 2 but I can tell already it is going to be a good read!

    Judy B

    1. Judy, so glad you enjoy the character interviews. Thanks for your kind remarks about Beyond the Past. I appreciate you reading and leaving your comment. An extra entry for you if you comment on Thursday's blog.

  4. Actually 2 questions...This means that Lynn's daddy is also James' daddy too, right? Also, why did Caroline's parents leave the mill & their house to Lynn's daddy rather than their own daughter? Oh wait! I'll bet both of those questions will be answered by reading BEYOND THE PAST!! Very cagey Jo! ;)
    Robin in NC
    RW620 AT aol DOT com

    1. Robin, thanks for stopping by to read and leave your comment. Yes, your questions will be answered as you continue to read the series. If they're not, go to my website, use the contact tab, and ask me to be a little clearer and answer your questions. An extra entry if you comment on Thursday's blog post.

  5. Very interesting. Disappointed she found out James was her half brother - sad really. Would love to read this. Review it and share it. jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

    1. Jane, glad you liked the interview although it's a little sad. Thanks for leaving your comment. An extra entry for you in you comment on Thursday's blog post.

  6. I can understand why Lynn would be disappointed to find that the young man she wanted for a boyfriend is her brother, but she seems like she's adjusted to that turn of events. They all might make a nice family together. I hope it works out.

    1. Kay, thanks for reading and comment. I'm so pleased to see all of you relating to the character in the interviews. An extra entry for you if you comment on Thursday's blog post.