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 Emmajean Callaway in Newton, Tennessee.
Emmajean, I hope this is a good time for you to talk with me.
Sure. It’s fine. What do you want to talk to me about?
I just want to get to know you. Have you lived in Newton all your life?
No ma’am. I grew up on a farm south of Newton. Then after I got out of high school I went to Atlanta. I’ve just moved to Newton.
How long did you live in Atlanta? What did you do while you were there?
I stayed in Atlanta about twelve years. I went there to work in their fashion industry. I wanted to draw for the designers. That didn’t work out. I didn’t want to return to the farm a failure so I just stayed down there.
What did you do then?
I lived with a roommate, worked in a diner. A guy who came in the diner a lot sweet-talked me into working for him. I was country-come-to-town and fell for his offer. He was doing illegal stuff with drugs and when he got arrested they took me too.
Did you go to jail?
Yes ma’am. But since I didn’t know what this guy was doing—dumb, huh?—the jury found me not guilty of the drug charges. I had a good lawyer too. When my big brother, Jim, came down there to help me he brought a young lawyer from Newton to be with him. Atlanta and the people there had beat me down pretty bad. I could hardly look at Jim or his lawyer friend. But that lawyer-friend sure did help me regain my self-confidence.
You’re smiling. Did you and the lawyer get to know each other well?
We did. We’re dating now. His name is Terry. He still has to give me pep talks every now and then to keep me from talking bad about myself. But I’m getting better and I owe most of that to Terry. Jim and his wife, Caroline, have helped me also.
Where do you live here in Newton?
I’m living in Jim’s house with him and Caroline. I’ve not been in Newton too long. Soon I’m going to look for a job and another place to live.
Have Jim and Caroline mentioned that they want you to move out?
Oh, no, not at all. Jim’s house is big and I try to give them their privacy. They said I can stay with them as long as I want to.
What do you and Terry do when you go out? Newton is a small town.
Yes, it is. The only picture show usually doesn’t change movies but once a month. Terry and I love to sit on the front porch swing at Jim’s. That’s so relaxing and we find it easy to talk together out there.
Do you think Terry will remain here in Newton, being a lawyer and all?
He says he wants to stay here. Then he also says he wants to be where I am.
Oh, that sounds like things might be getting serious between you two.
He would like for things to be serious. But he’s a lawyer with all that education and I only graduated from high school. My parents are dead and his parents are kind of well off from the way he talks about them. I think we have too many differences to be able to get along on a permanent basis.
I’m sure you two will find a way to work things out if you care for one another.
That’s what Terry says. I still don’t think it would work out—us being together. He wants me to meet his parents and that scares me to death. He keeps insisting they will love me as he does. I guess I’ll have to take the trip to meet them or run the chance of losing Terry. Caroline’s helping me buy the proper clothes to take with me and teaching how to act when we go to dinner at their country club.
That’s exciting. If Terry says his parents will love you then believe him. I’m sure you will work things out.
I hope so.
Emmajean, I’ve enjoyed talking with you. Thank you for taking the time to sit with me a while.
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Till next time … keep on smiling.