Sunday, September 29, 2013

A Welcome Back to Jo Huddleston

Hello Jo! Is there a story behind your new release, Claiming Peace?

My ancestors and I were raised in the Southern Appalachians of East Tennessee. At family reunions I would listen to stories the older generations would tell about time before automobiles and telephones. I wanted to write a story about their times--a time before I was born. Thus, I wrote the Caney Creek Series. Claiming Peace is the third book in the series, which follows the Callaway family and friends from 1928 to 1951.

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, the second book in the series.

What is your favorite season of the year? 
Fall would be my favorite season because it’s not yet turned cold and the hot days of summer are going away. I could live anyplace where the temperature  would be 80 degrees all the time.

Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?

The beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, specifically around Pensacola.

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?”

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
Philippians 4:8. If all populations held those thoughts, what a change for good we’d see.

What are your five favorite words?

Jesus, positive, hopeful, enthusiastic, smiling

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

I've just finished the Caney Creek Series and am promoting it now. I have ideas for another Southern series but nothing is finalized at this time.

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Jo Huddleston is giving away a copy of Claiming Peace. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email 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.


sam said...

I think your writing sounds very good. You have chosen a sad time in history. Hope to win your book. sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of your book. It sounds wonderful.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Jo Huddleston said...

Sam and Linda, that for commenting. Good to hear from readers.

Anonymous said...

Hi Karen. Thanks for having Jo on here. She has a good story going. My folks went through the Depression years with a bunch of kids. And, I was born in the Dust Bowl days i OK. All of the windows wee covered with quilts and mother said they thought they might lose me because so much dust still in the air. I can understand that for when we moved to Texhoma, TX, when I was twelve I never saw such windy times, so also dust blowing into town. I could smell the dust coming and would tell mother it was coming so we could shut the windows. This was 1947 to 1951 Not that it ended then but I married young and moved to the Houston vicinity because of allergies.But my folks always lived there. It was so windy that the girls all covered their hair with scarves. That is if you wanted to look presentable. LOL Please put my name in the drawing. Getting a couple of my girls interested in some of these books. Thanks for the give-away.
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

bonton said...

Hi, Jo!

Enjoyed your interview! Glad to hear that your favorite words are all positive. Fall is my favorite time of the year, also - for the same reasons, as you.

Would love to read your book & series - it covers up through the first 8 years of my childhood. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!


Jo Huddleston said...

Maxie and Bonnie, so glad to see you on this blog. Thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.

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