Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Monday, December 9, 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 Richard Callaway in Newton, TN

Good Afternoon, Richard. Are you related to Robert Callaway?
Yes, ma’am. I’m Robert’s twin brother.

You and Robert do look a lot alike.
Robert took after Poppa’s black hair. But I have a little of Momma’s auburn hair—mine’s reddish-blond.

I’ve always heard about twins having a special and close bond. Is that true with you and Robert?
Most people think so. Seems like when one of us does something, the other one does the same thing.

Give me an example of what you mean, please.
Well, the main thing between us is that we joined the army at the same time and got shipped to Korean at the same time.

That is interesting. Did you stay together while you were in Korea?
No, ma’am. We got split up. All during our time there we didn’t know where the other one was or if he was safe.

I regret that happened. I’m sorry.
Yes, ma’am. We saw some bad times over there and I always wondered about Robert. You know, where he was and how he was doing.

Robert told me you hadn’t been out of the army very long.
That’s true. Since our parents are dead and the farm isn’t there now, when we hit the states, the army bought us bus tickets to Newton.

Do you plan to live here in Newton?
For a while. Probably till after Christmas. We're staying at Jim's house now. We’ve got to find work. We’re thinking our brother might hire us on at the hosiery mill here in Newton.

Yes, Robert told me your big brother owns the Southeastern Hosiery mill.
We won’t ask him for an office job like he has but we’d be happy to work at the mill and be able to stay here close to family.

What kind of job do you think you’d be able to do at the mill?
In the military we both drove supply trucks. Most of the time we had to help load the trucks and unload them. So maybe Jim will hire us on to work the mill’s loading dock.

I’m sure Jim will consider you for the jobs. That is, if there are any openings.
Yes, ma’am, that’s what we’re hoping for. Or any other job that’s open.

Richard, thanks for talking with me and good luck with finding your jobs.

The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of No Turning Back by Joanne Meusburg is Maxie. I'll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

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