Friday, April 26, 2013

Southern Historical Author Jo Huddleston

Hello Jo! Congratulations on the new book in your Caney Creek series. Is there a story behind Beyond the Past?

I believe our past makes us who we are. And we all have a past. Sometimes it has elements we’re rather forget or wish that never happened. But what’s done is done. Leaving the bad parts of our past behind is sometimes not easy. In Beyond the Past, the two main characters want desperately to build a relationship for the future but they must first find victory over the hurdles their past has placed in their paths. As time progresses those hurdles seem to multiply. They have to face the gritty reality of their lives and overcome their obstacles if they are to be successful in forging a relationship for the future.

What’s your favorite genre of writing?

In fiction I’m published in Southern historical. My first book in the Caney Creek Series started in the years prior to the Great Depression and continued into the Depression years. Some folks say it was a sad book. It was the reality of the setting. I’ll probably stay with this genre although I plan to intersperse more humor to lighten the mood. I have done that some in Beyond the Past.

Who is the most annoying character you ever created?

The mother of one of the main characters, named Mary. She is very class conscious and wants her daughter to mingle socially with those of their class. She’s a bitter lady who doesn’t often smile when confronted with someone not of her class. Mary was deprived of the love of her life and settled for a husband whose family would leave him ownership of the town’s mill—not a bad thing in her time period, but certainly not of the caliber of the bank president. She’s always trying to make her daughter think as she does.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so how often do you get it? How do you fix it?

I’ve never had writer’s block. I’m what many call a panster writer—one who writes from the seat of her pants. I never outline. A story simmers in my mind for a while, the plots, the characters, the ending, etc. When I begin to get it on paper I already have those things in my mind and I find that the characters do pretty much what they want

to because in my mind I have developed them well. Sometimes I have to pull them back on their path but not often.

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?

I write on a laptop computer. I read about folks who began writing for publication using an electric typewriter and carbon paper. (Does anybody remember what carbon paper is?)

I remember! I have some carbon paper in a drawer, saved for historical preservation. What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will?

Mystery/suspense. I absolutely love to read that genre but I don’t think I’d be able to write it. Who knows? If I ever did write mystery/suspense, I’d have to use a pen name.

What are your five favorite words?

Jesus, positive, hopeful, enthusiastic, smiling

Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?

Not on the first draft. I just write. I don’t identify chapter breaks but I do indicate scene breaks. Some of the words I type when my fingers get off the home keys are laughable. And I tried the speak to type program but I’m from the South where we pronounce a one syllable word as two syllables. The program just couldn’t understand my speech.

How do people react when they find out you write?

The funniest reaction I got was from a twenty-something. When she heard me talking about my books, she asked me, “You mean if I google you, you’ll be there?”

LOL, as that twenty-something would text. Thanks for sharing with us!

Connect with Jo Huddleston

Jo Huddleston is giving away a copy of Beyond The Past. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your e-mail address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.


Anonymous said...

Oh Jo, I have to have this book. I love to visit your blog and find you as someone's guest. Thanks Karen for having her. I also love Barn Door Book Loft, a place I visit often. Please put me in to try and win Jo's new book. Thanks! Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

KayM said...

I enjoyed the interview. What a funny comment the twenty-something girl made. Thanks again for offering a copy of Beyond the Past.
may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Judy said...

I loved Jo's book, That Summer. I would be thrilled to win a copy of Beyond the Past.

Judy B

Patricia Bradley said...

Great interview! I have That Summer and would love to have Beyond the Past.
pat at ptbradley dot com

Teela said...

Love the description for Beyond the Past by Jo Huddleston! A Southern Historical Novel w/threads of Romance. Well, I DO live in TN...and believe me that is in the south...teehee...and would love to read this novel with threads of Romance (married 41 years!) Thank you!

Judy Cooper said...

I am looking forward to enjoying Ms. Huddleston's books. I just discovered her, Please enter me in the drawing. Thank,you. Judy C.

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