Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Chandler, Historical Fiction


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LUNACY by Kay Chandler

The South has a history of injustices. I know them
Kay Chandler, seated
well. I was born and reared in lower Alabama. Our history is tainted with ugliness. But there's an old saying that "nothing has ever been sliced so thin that it doesn't have two sides." I come from a long line of good, Christian church goers--and also from a line of backwoodsy, redneck moonshiners. The haves. And the have-nots. My two grandmothers had very different views of life during the Depression years. Both have shaped my life, and the seeds passed down have helped shape my novels.

Welcome, Kay! If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
Eliza Pinckney, who discovered Indigo. Why? She was an ancestor and I find her life story to be fascinating. It would be fun to sit at her feet and listen to her tell it in her own words.

What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
I’m a seat-of-the-pants author, which means I never outline. I’d hate outlining, because I’d know the ending and I’d no longer be interested in writing the book. I like to be surprised so I listen to my characters and let them take me on a fun ride. One night I went to bed very distraught. I whimpered to my husband, “I think Jim is going to die.” He looked at me funny and said, “You don’t know?” Holding back the tears, I said, “No. He just had a heart attack and I didn’t see it coming.” I could hardly wait to get back to writing the next day. Whew! He pulled through!

Did you know all writers are directionally challenged?

I thought it was just me. But I was glad to hear Yvonne Lehman at a writers conference say it comes with being a writer. I was glad to hear this because I had just made a quick trip to my motel room in between classes. Frustrated when my key wouldn’t work, I spotted a maid who agreed to open the door for me. I ran in and was shocked to see a c-pap machine beside my bed. Hmm . . . someone had apparently gone into the wrong room. I ran to the bathroom, and quickly headed back to the next class. A friend was laughing hysterically! She’d seen me get off the elevator on the second floor, instead of the third floor. Yep! Someone had definitely gone into the wrong room and she was me. *sigh*

What is your favorite Bible verse?
“He must increase, I must decrease.” John 3:30 KJV.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Word of mouth has been very successful for me. Also Amazon reviews are always appreciated.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Lunacy.
Lunacy is Historical Fiction set in South Alabama, 1930s.  

Advised by a quack doctor in 1915 that her unborn child is at risk for lunacy, a wealthy woman pays a midwife to secretly switch her baby with the newborn daughter of a penniless couple. Twenty-one years later, the truth’s revealed in a Last Will and Testament and Harper Harrington is forced to swap places with Veezie, the rightful heir. Harper leaves the palatial home and moves to a rundown shanty in Goose Hollow, Alabama. But she soon discovers the unattached, young country doctor there has something far more valuable to her than the affluent lifestyle she left behind. However, to take it from him will break his heart. If he wasn’t so stubborn, Harper could fall for a man like Flint.
When Dr. Flint McCall learns Harper is secretly attempting to sabotage his plans, he’s furious and begins a quest of his own. How could he have fallen in love with such a pig-headed woman?
Where can readers find you online?

Amazon Author Page


Where can readers purchase Lunacy?

Any parting comment?
It always thrills me to hear from my readers. My email is kayATkaychandlerDOTinfo but please put the name of the book in the subject line, so I don’t mistake it for Spam.

Kay, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. I’ll draw a winner from among commenters to this post to receive their choice of either a Kindle version or print copy of Lunacy that Kay offers.
Commenters, please remember to leave your email address!

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for an eBook copy of Just Claire by Jean Ann Williams is Library Lady. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

Thanks for reading my blog! Recently released book 3 in the West Virginia Mountains series is titled Promise Me. Available in print and eBook at Amazon!


  1. Sounds like a fascinating read. Thanks for offering. I am a follower. teshaw(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

    1. Tammie, you're welcome. Thanks for commenting and for following my blog!

    2. Thank you, Tammie! Lunacy was a fun book to write!

  2. i hope i win such a fun-sounding book! dkm0909 at comcast dot net

  3. I was interested to learn that kay Chandler is from L.A. Aaron Wilburn, one of my favorite Christian comedians, is also from L.A. This sounds like an interesting story. If I win, I prefer paper. grandaddya[at]Comcast[dot]net

    1. Edward,thanks for coming by and leaving your comment. And, yes, L.A. in this case means Lower Alabama. :)

    2. Hi Edward! Yep, I'm from L.A! Another one of my novels (WHEN THE TIDE EBBS) has just dropped to 99 cents on kindle. It's written in a male's point-of-view. Thought you might enjoy checking it out!


  4. I've never read anything by Kay! I would love to read this one, sounds like an awesome read! Thanks so much Jo! Love your blog!
    Blessings. Joy Hannabass
    ibjoy1953(at) yahoo dot com

    1. Joy, you're welcome Glad you love my blog and have found a new-to-you author! Thanks for commenting.

  5. "Splashes of Joy!" How neat is that. Love it! Thank you for checking me out, Joy! And thanks to Jo for allowing me this opportunity to introduce my books to new readers!