Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Monday, October 14, 2013

Meet the Characters

I want you to get to know some of the characters of my novel Claiming Peace, Book 3 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 this interview you'll get an extra entry in the next book drawing.

Today I’m talking with Arthur Gray in Newton, Tennessee.

Mr. Gray, thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to talk with me. I didn’t realize Saturdays in Newton were so busy.

Yes, ma’am, everybody comes to town on Saturdays even if they don’t have any business here. Lots of folks come and park around the courthouse square just to watch the people. Most of the folks here on Saturdays live outside of the Newton. By the way, you can call me Arthur.

 Okay, Arthur, do you own this hardware store?

Yes, ma’am, I do.

If so, why is it named Henderson Hardware instead of Gray Hardware?

Back when I was in high school, I worked on Saturdays for Mr. Henderson, delivering groceries and doing errands for him. I lived with my family on a farm. After high school I moved into Newton and started working full-time for Mr. Henderson . When the Great Depression hit here, Mr. Henderson kept me on and paid me what he could. When he died he left the store to me.

Arthur, when you moved into town, was it a big adjustment for you?

Well, since I’d been delivering for Mr. Henderson for a good while before I moved into town, I knew my way around Newton. I had always worked hard on the farm so full-time work in Newton was an easy adjustment to me.

Where did you live when you moved into Newton?

My best friend already lived here and worked at the Southeastern Hosiery mill. He rented a room from the widow, Gertrude Hall. She allowed me to move in with Jim Callaway. Her rooms were big enough for two beds for Jim and me.

Arthur, are you married? Do you have a family?

Yes ma’am. Me and Jim dated the Johnson sisters, Callie and Louisa. We married them. So now my best friend, Jim, is related to me by marriage. How about that?

That’s something unique—doesn’t happen a lot.

It is. Callie and I have a son and a daughter. We had a little bumpy road with our son, Art. But everything’s fine with him now. He’s going to college. Our daughter, Jennifer, is a senior in high school.

Does Callie work outside the home?

She used to work part-time at the church but she doesn’t any more. Callie has some health problems and she doesn’t work anywhere outside the home.

When you mention Callie’s health problems, you seem very concerned.

I am. Callie doesn’t speak to others about her problems but she is getting worse. There’s nothing I can do for her. Even her doctor says he can’t do anything for her either. We’re just taking it day by day.

Will Callie ever get well from her health problems?

According to her doctor—he’s a specialist—she won’t. But God still works miracles some times.

We’ll hope and pray for a miracle for Callie.

Yes, ma’am, we do. All our friends help out. A lot of people love Callie. I don’t know what I’d do without her.

The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of A Little Bit of Charm by Mary Ellis is Maxie. I'll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


  1. Thanks Jo. I enjoyed your review with Authur. It is neat that you do this. And, fun to know about the characters. I hope GOD sends them a miracle. We know HE can. Glad his son has straightened up. I am anxious to get this book. But, am still missing the second one. My daughters like these books too. (I had most of this typed and all of a sudden it just disappeared and when got it back had deleted it) I wasn't even close to the delete button so don't know what happened. Have a good week. GOD bless!
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

    1. Maxie, thanks for commenting. Your experience at the computer sound like mine--at least once a week.

  2. Thanks so much in letting us have a peek into the book. I enjoyed your interview with Arthur. I sure hope Callie gets a healing from the Lord looking forward to reading this.

    1. Diana, glad you enjoyed my interview with Arthur. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  3. I like this and can relate to so much - the rural town, the illness of Callie, people going to town to hand out, but mostly I need the peace anymre.
    jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

    1. Jane, glad you enjoy my character interviews. Small towns have that "something" that larger towns can never duplicate. Thanks for commenting.

  4. I loved this interview.I want to read this book.I am so sorry about Callie,but God still is in the miracle business.I know exactly what you mean about not knowing what you would do without her.My husband and I are going on 36 years and I feel the same way.I will keep Callie and you in my thoughts and prayers.

    1. Jackie, glad you enjoyed my interview with Arthur! Thanks so much for commenting and for relating to my characters.

  5. Enjoyed the interview with Arthur, sounds like an interesting book, & looking forward to reading it. Sounds like more relationship problems coming from within the families, & possibly a miracle healing!

    I am a follower.

    1. Bonnie, glad you enjoyed my interview with Arthur. Thanks so much for your interest in the book!