Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Monday, July 29, 2013

Meet the Characters

I want you to get to know some of the characters of my novel Beyond the Past, Book 2 in the Caney Creek Series. This is the last interview of characters from Beyond the Past. Soon I'll be having book giveaways on Mondays and Thursdays. When Claiming Peace, book 3 in the series releases in September, I’ll start interviewing characters from that book. 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. Please read my note at the end of this interview.

Today I’m talking with Callie in Newton, TN.

JO: Hello, are you Callie Gray?

CALLIE: Yes, I am.

JO: Have you lived in Newton all your life?

CALLIE: No, ma’am, I used to live in the country up in Maple Hollow.

JO: Did you have a big family?

CALLIE: Not very big. My family was just my parents, my sister, and me. Then when our mother died, Dad married a school teacher.

JO: Did you and your sister get along with your stepmother?

CALLIE: Not too well. She had been an English teacher in town and she was always correcting our speech. We didn’t like that but in the long run it was good for us.

JO: Callie, did you want to leave when she kept correcting you?

CALLIE: Yes, and I did. I moved into town when I finished high school. I got a job in the hosiery mill and lived in Miss June’s boardinghouse.

JO: Did you date some when you moved into town?

CALLIE: Yes, I did. Later, my sister Louisa moved in with me. We spent a lot of time with two boys we met in town and at the fair. Louisa married Jim Callaway and I married Arthur Gray.

JO: Sounds like everything went well with both of you.

CALLIE: It did until the Great Depression hit. We had some tough years. I really had a hard time when Louisa died. Her little girl was just two years old. But we had to go on living.

JO: Did you and Arthur have children?

CALLIE: Yes, we had a boy and a girl.

JO: They were good children, I’m sure.

CALLIE: Yes and no. We’ve had some trouble with Art. He skipped school a lot then had a car wreck. He’d been drinking and that got us involved with the courts. We’ll just have to do what the judge tells us to.

JO: Has your girl given you any trouble?

CALLIE: No, she hasn’t. None at all. She has one more year of high school.

JO: Callie, you seem sad? Care to share what’s bothering you?

CALLIE: I’ve received a bad diagnosis from the neurologist. I have a rare, progressive brain disease. According to how fast the disease progresses, I could live a short while or up to ten years. I’m sad when I think of leaving Arthur and the children. God has a plan for all of us and when he chooses for my life to be over, I’ll have to leave them behind. I don’t want to, but I have faith in God to take care of them.

JO: You seem to have a good attitude about it all.

CALLIE: I try not to let Arthur and the children see when I get very sick. I don’t want to burden them. This disease is mine and I try to keep my troubles to myself.

JO: That’s admirable. But sometimes we do need someone to talk to. Do you have someone like that?

CALLIE: I have Arthur. He’s always been very attentive but even more so since I got sick. But, like I said, I don’t want to burden him until I absolutely have to. At the end I’ll have to be dependent on him and I’m sure he’ll take good care of me.

The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a signed copy of The Maze by Jason Brannon is KatieJ. 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.

NOTE: Many authors are forming a "launch team" to help when a new novel comes out. Book 3 of the Caney Creek Series releases in late September. Would you like to be a member of my launch team for Claiming Peace? If you'd like to help me get the word out about my next novel, please email me and in the subject line please put "launch team" or mention in a comment that you'd like to be included. My launch team will receive the latest news about the book before it comes out, get to see the cover when it's completed, send out postcards (I'll put stamps on them) announcing the book's release to your friends, and other bits of news along the way. Please let me know if you'd like to be a part of my launch team. Thank you so much.

Till next time ... keep on smiling.


  1. I am very sad for Callie. I would hate to have had a diagnosis like that, when my children were still relatively young.
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  2. Kay, thanks for commenting on this last character interview from Book 2, Beyond the Past. I appreciate you reading my blog!

  3. I really enjoyed these introductions to your characters Jo. I feel so sorry for Callie. I know we never know when GOD will call us home, but would be hard to hear this kind of news and know it could be not so long. Like Callie, I would hate to leave my children and theirs, but I know it would be glorious to be in Heaven also. She seems to be very strong about this. I'm glad she has Arthur to help her through this. And, sad that she already lost her younger sister. I had 4 sisters and now they have all gone to be with our LORD. I sure miss them still. Lost the one just older than me when she was only 45, with cancer. It was really hard. She and I were very close. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com.

    1. Maxie, thank you for reading my character interviews. I'm glad you enjoy them. This is the last one for book #2. In September, I'll begin interviewing characters from book #3, Claiming Peach.