I want you to get to know some of the characters of my novel Claiming Peace, Book 3 in the Caney Creek Series. For several 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 Terry Fields in Newton, Tennessee.
Thank you Mr. Fields for letting me visit with you in your law office.
You’re welcome. Please call me Terry if you like.
Thank you, Terry. So, how long have you been a lawyer?
Almost five years now.
Where did you go to law school?
I went to the University of Tennessee law school in Knoxville. When I passed the bar I came into this firm here in Newton.
Are you from Newton originally?
No, ma’am, I grew up in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Do you parents and siblings still live in Johnson City?
My parents do. I don’t have any brothers and sisters. But my girlfriend has four siblings. I’m hoping one day I’ll be a part of that family.
Are you talking about marrying into the family? Who is the lucky girl?
Yes, that’s what I’m talking about. Emmajean Callaway is my girlfriend.
Does Emmajean live in Newton?
Yes, she does. After high school she took the bus to Atlanta. Her plans to work in the fashion industry there didn’t work out but she stayed there. A so-called friend got her into some trouble with the law. When her brother went to Atlanta to help her, he asked me to go with him. That’s how I met Emmajean.
Does she feel the same about you and you do her?
I believe she does but she won’t admit it to me or even to herself. The big city of Atlanta and the people there crushed her self-confidence. She questions how I even date her when I’m a lawyer and she graduated high school. I tell her that doesn’t make any difference to me.
Sometimes educational differences do make for trouble.
It won’t with me. Meeting Emmajean is the best thing that ever happened to me and as I said before she has a big family and they have all accepted me.
Have your parents met Emmajean?
Not yet. I’ve asked Emmajean to visit them with me. She’s afraid they won’t like her and is nervous about the visit. I’m trying to help her to regain her self-confidence and telling her my parents will love her as I do.
Oh, you used the love word?
Yes but Emmajean hasn’t … yet. Like I said, she doesn’t think she’s good enough to love a lawyer. But we’re getting there. Once she admits to herself that she loves me then tells me, we’ll be a long way forward in our relationship.
Good luck with Emmajean. Do you plan to stay in Newton and pursue your career?
Yes, ma’am, I do. I have no desire to leave here. I love the small town atmosphere and the people here. I wouldn’t want to leave Newton and Emmajean. I want to be near her and take care of her, protect her.
Terry, thank you for talking with me today. Again, good luck with Emmajean and much success in your career.
Thank you, ma’am.
The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Rodeo Queen by Shannon T. Vannatter is CarolynB. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.
Till next time … keep on smiling.