When I wrote my latest novel, WAIT FOR ME, I had been to a real coal mine community one time. One memorable time. I went home from college with a friend for a weekend. Her home was in the coal mining region in southern West Virginia.
We had arrived at my friend’s home after dark and I did not see any part of the coal community until the next day. My friend took me to the company store. When we left the store and stood on the porch, I saw the tipple. An imposing structure towering above all else around it.
The memory of that tipple engrained itself deep within my mind. When I began writing for publication, I always had a desire to write about a coal camp’s tipple. My first published fiction series, the Caney Creek Series, was set in the southern Appalachians of East Tennessee. I decided my second fiction series would be set in the coal mining region of West Virginia.
What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Stopping to do research. I know, I should flag the place and go back to do research later. But I don’t. Then I find one interesting tidbit after another and copy and paste everything. All the research that I read does me good in the long run for the book, but it does pull me from the writing.
Amen. What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I read all genres. I especially like cozy mysteries but I’m unable to write them.
Adore cozies! Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
Julie, because she’s an only child as I am. I found I could easily get into her character and think as she does. It was almost as if we were a team—we worked together to come up with some of her far-fetched schemes.
If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Soft instrumental jazz.
Nice! What is your favorite season of the year?
Fall. No longer are we embroiled in the heat of summer and the cold of winter has not arrived. Just right.
Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Yes, dusting. Does any homemaker like to dust?
Not me! Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?
The beach, preferably on the Gulf of Mexico or the east coast of Florida.
Ooooo, I love the beach. Such a fantastic place to relax. Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
This verse embodies everything that Jesus asked us to do as Christian and followers of Him. These words empower me to always try to remain positive.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My next book will be book 2 in the West Virginia Mountains Series. No specifics yet. No title—I usually get my titles from a scene or chapter in the book as I write.
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Jo Huddleston is a multi-published author of books, articles, and short stories. Her debut novels in the Caney Creek Series and her latest book, Wait for Me are sweet Southern romances. She is a member of ACFW, the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN), and holds a M.Ed. degree from Mississippi State University. Jo lives in the U.S. Southeast with her husband, near their two grown children and four grandchildren.
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