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.
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.