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.
Today I’m talking with Shirley Ann in Newton, TN.
JO: Hello. Are you a member of the Callaway family?
SHIRLEY ANN: Yes, I am.
JO: Is your family a close-knit one?
SHIRLEY ANN: We’re all close together and love each other so much.
JO: How many of you make up the Callaway family?
SHIRLEY ANN: We were eight in all at one time. Then our tiny baby sister and our momma and poppa died. That left five of us brothers and sisters.
JO: Do you all live in Newton, Tennessee?
SHIRLEY ANN: Just three of us do right now. My baby sister just came home from Atlanta. My younger twin brothers are in the army in Korea. They’ve been in the army so long we wonder if they’ll make a career of it.
JO: Do the three of you who live in Newton have families?
SHIRLEY ANN: Yes and no. I’m married to Henry Frank who owns the Ford dealership in town. We have three teenage daughters. The oldest one of us is my brother, Jim, who owns the hosiery mill in town. He has a daughter in school in Knoxville, Tennessee. His wife died when their daughter was two years old. Emmajean is my baby sister and she’s not married.
JO: Do you work outside the home?
SHIRLEY ANN: Yes, ma’am I do. I’m a nurse at the hospital in the Emergency Room.
JO: I suppose that’s a stressful job, isn’t it?
SHIRLEY ANN: It can be. You just have to keep you head about you and take each case as the doctors direct you. I did have a rough time recently when Jim’s teenage nephew was brought in from a car wreck.
JO: I hope he’s okay from the wreck.
SHIRLEY ANN: He is. But now he’s in trouble with the law for drinkin’ and drivin’. And his mother has an awful disease.
JO: What is her awful disease?
SHIRLEY ANN: It’s somethin’ in her brain that’s not right. It makes her mighty sick sometimes.
JO: Have your girls given you any trouble, them being teenagers?
SHIRLEY ANN: Not at all. I’m not just sayin’ that. You can ask anyone in town and they’ll tell you the same thing.
JO: Like you said earlier, your family sounds like they’re really close. You’re fortunate. Not all families get along that well.
SHIRLEY ANN: Yes, we are fortunate. We’ve all had to go through a lot of unhappiness at times. But we all stand beside each other in our troubles and help to carry our burdens.
JO: One for all and all for one—is that the way it is with the Callaways?
SHIRLEY ANN: Yes, it is. Except we can’t look out for our twin brothers in Korea. I hope and pray that they stay safe.
The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of Ties That Bind by C.J. Darlington is Diana. I'll email you to get your mailing address and we’ll get the book out to you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.
Till next time … keep on smiling.