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 Mr. Bertrand Cox, an attorney in Atlanta.
JO: Mr. Cox, thank you for seeing me in your office.
MR. COX: You’re quite welcome. What can I do for you?
JO: I would like to talk with you about Emmajean Callaway. You know her, don’t you?
MR. COX: Yes, I know the young lady. Emmajean. Bless her heart.
JO: What do you mean?
MR. COX: She left home when she finished high school and came to this big city of Atlanta. She grew up on a farm and our town overwhelmed her.
JO: In what way did Atlanta overwhelm Emmajean?
MR. COX: She was naïve and trusted everybody. But, you see, everybody may not be trustworthy. She didn’t know that, never being in a big city before.
JO: How do you know Emmajean?
MR. COX: Emmajean got dragged into some trouble. Like I said, her trusting everybody got her into some trouble.
JO: What kind of trouble?
MR. COX: I can’t get into too many particular things, her being my client and all. But because she trusted everybody, she was in trouble before she realized it. She used her one telephone call to ask her big brother Jim to help her. But he was in Tennessee. His lawyer there telephoned me and asked if I would visit her where they were holding her in jail.
JO: So that’s where you met her, in jail?
MR. COX: Yes, that’s right. She sure was scared. Jim had told her he’d try to get a local lawyer to check on her. She was all torn up, a mess. We were talking when her brother arrived and she went to him like a kitten to milk. He tried to calm her down then she came back to the table where we were talking. Jim had brought a young attorney with him and I was afraid we’d have some trouble—I thought he was going to try to practice law in Georgia, which he couldn’t do. But he didn’t. He was there to support Jim.
JO: Were you able to defend Emmajean effectively?
MR. COX: I think my assistant and I did a fairly good job for Emmajean.
JO: How did you do that?
MR. COX: I did everything I knew to do to make the jury think she was as innocent of the charges as she looked. She was my only defense witness.
JO: Isn’t that unusual for only one defense witness to be the defendant?
MR. COX: It’s been done before but not too many times. But she was the best witness I could have used. The jury identified with her and that’s what I wanted. Of course every jury has at least one member who’s pigheaded and won’t go along with the others. I wasn’t sure whether we had anybody on this jury like that.
JO: Did you think she was innocent?
MR. COX: I did. But it didn’t matter what I thought. The only opinions that mattered were those of the twelve men on the jury. I did the best job I could to make them believe in her like I did.
The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of On the Threshold by Sherrie Ashcraft and Christina Berry Tarabochia is Alice. 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.