Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Drug, alcohol abuse = wrecked family? Interview with Author Jo Huddleston

An Inspirational Southern Historical Romance Novel
Jim Callaway looks forward to 1951 but he’s sidetracked when his sister and his best friend need his help. His baby sister, Emmajean, skids into jail on drug charges in Atlanta. She struggles to recover physically and spiritually with her lawyer’s help as he champions her inside and outside the courtroom.
Jim’s nephew, Art, is one step ahead of the truant officer, wrecks his car, and officials suspect alcohol is involved. Art awaits his fate at the hands of the juvenile court judge. Jim and Caroline continue their bumpy journey as they seek realization of their dreams.
Emmajean Callaway’s life plummets from bad to worse. Can big brother, Jim, hold the imploding Callaway family together?
Jo Huddleston is a multi-published author of books, articles, and short stories. Her debut novel, That Summer, released in December 2012, as the first book in The Caney Creek Series. Book 2 in the series, Beyond the Past, has just released and book 3 is scheduled for release in September 2013.
For more information about Jo, click here, the book here, visit her blog here and connect with her on Facebook, Shoutlife and Goodreads.
Ten Questions with Author Jo Huddleston
What should readers know about your latest release? Does it differ from your past books, offer a new perspective on a familiar topic, or shed light on a unique situation?
I was published in nonfiction with traditional publishers in the early 1990s. In the late 1990s a story began to percolate in my mind. Beyond the Past is the second novel of that Caney Creek Series. The three books follow the Callaway family in their triumphs and failures, and their brokenness and faith.
What was the main inspiration for the new book? Had the idea been on your mind for a while or just popped into it one day?
Beyond the Past is the second of a series and is a continuation of the storyline of the 3-book Caney Creek Series. The idea for the series had been in my mind a long while. Once the first book was completed, the subsequent books’ plotlines fell into place.
Why do you feel compelled to write—in your genre or at all?
It’s trite to say this but I write because I believe it pleases God when I do. This series is His story of mercy and forgiveness.
How has travel been involved in your writing and/or research? What’s been your most memorable research experience?
My series takes place in the Southern Appalachians of East Tennessee. My ancestors and I grew up in that region. The only travel involved in writing this series was trips to family reunions since I was a child. I listened to the older relatives tell their stories of days without telephones or TV. I wanted to write about those early days.
Who has inspired you the most on your writing journey—a loved one, fellow author, favorite teacher?
When I began writing, I kept it to myself. Many people describe writers as introverts. That was me—truly a closet writer. So my inspiration came solely from God. Then I met Karen Ball and she is a great inspiration to me now. So, to answer the question: God and Karen Ball.
What surprised you the most about the writer’s journey—publication, representation, platform building, the writing itself?
Nothing surprises me anymore. I was disappointed that many publishing houses now require an author have agent representation. When I published with Tyndale in the 1990s having an agent was not required.
If you could rewind time to when you began your pursuit of publication, what would you tell yourself?
Expect it to take a looong time. Develop your patience muscles.
Now to have some fun with travel…
What’s your favorite place you have visited?
My favorite place I have visited is England.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? Or would you return to somewhere you’ve already been?
I would return to England. This time I would also take in Scotland.
And now a fun tidbit—if there was one special travel destination just for writers and you were the founder of it, what would the name be and would it be located?
I probably would name it Paper and Pencil/Pen because all attendees would handwrite while they were there. We would get back to basics. It would be located on a beach. No electronic gadgets would be allowed because they would disturb the serenity of the setting.

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