Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Monday, November 25, 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 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 James Callaway in Newton, Tennessee

Hello, James. Thank you for meeting me here at the drugstore. Can we talk for a little while?

Yes, ma’am, I have all afternoon.

Thank you. You don’t work any place?

Not yet. I’ve just finished my master’s degree at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and am visiting my parents here. I’m looking for a job.

What kind of job are you looking for? This is a small town. Do you expect to find a job here?

I got my master’s degree in business administration. The main reason I’m here is to visit my parents. Dad hinted the other day that he might hire me. Wouldn’t that be something? I expect I’ll have to go to a big city to use my degree to its best advantage.

What does your dad own that he could hire you?

Dad owns Southeastern Hosiery here in Newton. I don’t know if he was kidding or not when he mentioned working with him.

Do you have a girlfriend who might enter the picture when you decide where you’ll work?

Yes, ma’am, I do. Evelyn is her name. Of course, I’ll consider her when I decide where I will work. We’ll talk it over. She’s just graduated also.

Does your mother work outside the home?

No, Mom has never had to work. When I was growing up she always told me my daddy worked for the railroad and died in a train accident. She said he left her enough life insurance money so she’s never worked. But she didn’t tell me the whole truth. I've never been mad at her for that.

What do you mean?

It was her aunt Martha whose husband worked for the railroad and left money for his widow. My mom and I lived with her aunt when I was a baby. When her aunt died she left her home in Knoxville and a bunch of money to Mom. Oh, this is a long story you may not have time to hear.

James, I have all afternoon as you do.

I think most people in town know this so I guess it won’t hurt anyone if I tell you. My dad and mom dated when they were young. Mom got pregnant and her daddy made her move to his sister’s in Knoxville to have the baby and give it up for adoption. If she didn’t give the baby away he said she could never return to Newton. When she couldn’t give away her baby her daddy basically disowned her.

And that baby was you?

Yes, ma’am, that’s right. When Mom’s daddy sent her to Knoxville, she had no way to even get a note to Dad. He believed she left and didn’t care about him. Anyway Dad married and they had a daughter, named Lynn. But his wife died when their child was two years old. Okay, I’ll try to make this short. Lynn enrolled in Tennessee when I was a junior there. We were attracted to each other—she really felt like family to me.

I guess you found out later that Lynn was family.

Yes, I did. Anyway she and her daddy came to Knoxville to spend a couple of days with Mom and me after Christmas. I’ve never seen my mom at a loss for words, but when she first saw my dad that day she couldn’t say anything. So bottom line, they got back together and told Lynn and me that we were half brother and sister. We’re all one big happy family now—all her aunts, uncles, and cousins.

You felt like Lynn was like family when you met her. What a great story with a happy ending.

Yes, ma’am.

The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of  Trouble in Store by Carol Cox is bookworm.... I'll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


  1. I've read the first book in the Caney Creek series and really enjoyed it. I'd love the opportunity to read another book in the series. Thanks for the interview with James Callaway and for the giveaway.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Katie J.

    1. Katie, so glad you enjoyed the first book in the Caney Creek Series - That Summer. Hope you will read the other two books in the series. Thanks for leaving your comment.