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.
JO: Hello, James. Did you grow up in Newton?
JAMES: No, ma’am, I’ve lived in Knoxville all my life.
JO: So, I guess you don’t know the people from Newton that are in the Caney Creek Series books.
JAMES: Well, yes I do know some of the people from Newton. My mother grew up in Newton and I’ve met some of her friends. I hope to get to know them better.
JO: You look old enough to be out of high school. Am I correct?
JAMES: Yes, ma’am, I am. I attend school at the University of Tennessee, which is here in Knoxville.
JO: What are you studying at UT?
JAMES: I’ve finished my junior year at UT. I’ve been in the pre-law curriculum. But I think I’ll probably switch over to business and then go to graduate school and earn my MBA, Master of Business Administration. That will probably take me another two years after I get my Bachelor’s degree.
JO: Why aren’t you in the military serving in Korea now?
JAMES: Attending college gives me a SII deferment because I’m in college.
JO: Please tell me about your parents.
JAMES: Well, that’s a long story. My mom raised me here in her aunt’s house. The story is that my dad died in a train accident when he worked for the railroad. So Mom raised me by herself with help from her elderly aunt until she passed on. Her aunt willed my mom our home and some money. Mom doesn’t have to work.
JO: Do you remember having a happy childhood?
JAMES: Well, yes. I always wanted brothers and sisters but it was just Mom and me. Mom is a great mother. I couldn’t ask for any better.
JO: Does your mom date gentlemen friends?
JAMES: No, ma’am, she’s never dated since I was born.
JAMES: Never. You see, she loved a boy a long time ago and she won’t sully his memory by dating anyone else.
JO: Did her boyfriend die?
JAMES: No, ma’am, he didn’t die. Somehow they just got separated. I don’t know if I really ought to tell you about all that.
JO: Why not?
JAMES: Well, that’s her business. I’m not one who tells other people’s business.
JO: That’s an admirable trait, James.
JAMES: Thank you.
JO: I’m sorry you didn’t have a dad while you were growing up.
JAMES: That’s okay. I’ve found my real Dad. I’m hoping Mom will marry him and we’ll have a genuine family after all.
Till next time ... keep on smiling.
The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of Hope from the Past by Joi Copeland 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.