Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Welcome Back Author Jo Huddleston

Hello again, Jo! Is there a story behind your new book Trust Me?

Trust Me is book 2 in the West Virginia Mountains Series. Readers may be familiar with the story spark for this series of sweet Southern historical romance novels: while in college I went home with a girlfriend from West Virginia for the weekend. She lived in a coal mining community, where her daddy owned the coal mine.

On that visit, I learned about a coal mining tipple. Fascinated with the tipple and its surroundings, I wanted to write a story about the people of that coal mining camp.
In this series, I did that in book 1, Wait for Me, the story of the love between two soul mates, Julie and Robby. When they enrolled at West Virginia University in the northern part of the state, an unexpected character walked into the story: the Dean of Women at the university. Dean Fletcher.

In book 1, I gave Dean Fletcher sophistication I’d learned about from my seventh grade home room teacher. Dean Fletcher was reserved and a bit stand-offish, traits of my favorite female actor on a TV one hour drama. Dean Fletcher was a good person, always helpful to Julie with any request she had.

But why was Dean Fletcher not married? Why did she never date anyone? Why was she reticent to reveal her emotions or feelings, always and only the professional? She was restrained in words and actions. Why? Her role in Wait for Me was a minor one, with not much opportunity to dig for the answers to my questions.

These questions motivated me to give Dean Fletcher a larger character part in book 2, Trust Me. So, in Trust Me you’ll learn much about this elegant woman. You’ll learn why Dean Fletcher is reserved, reticent, a bit stand-offish, not married, restrained, and sophisticated.

And a surprise to me, Dean Fletcher volunteered all this information about herself without anyone having to ask. Yes, our characters do live, breathe, and speak to their authors. They share their secrets, doubts, and insecurities. Dean Fletcher did so, and I wrote it all down in Trust Me.

If you could paint or sculpt like a famous artist who would it be and why?

I would paint like Monet. Many of his paintings have water in them and they all give me a sense of peace.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?

Watching my younger grandchildren’s antics make me smile. Seeing the wise decisions of my older grandchildren make me smile.

What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?

I have lived in four states in the U.S. Southeast. I love living in the region because life moves at a slower pace and there’s less stress here than in other parts of our country where I’ve traveled. However, our big cities do have a faster pace and more stress as do big cities anywhere.

Please describe yourself with 3 words
Hopeful, enthusiastic, positive.
What 3 fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself that we don’t know?
I don’t enjoy being in elevators. I don’t like being in the dark—at least one light is left on in my house 24-7. In other words, I’m claustrophobic.

Do you have a dedicated place to write?

Yes, I have a heavy executive-type desk that is anchored by a laptop, printer, organized stacks of paper, day planner, and lamp. I used this desk in high school.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Tell their friends and family how much they loved the book. Share about the book on social media, like Facebook. Leave a positive, short review on the book’s Amazon page. The Amazon page for Trust Me is http://tiny.cc/4yph1x

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

My next book will be book 3 in the West Virginia Mountains Series. It will probably be out in spring 2016 and will continue the story of Julie and Robby, Loreen and Claude, and will also include a new character or two. No title yet.

Thanks for sharing today!

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 Jo Huddleston is giving away a copy of Trust Me. 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.


cjajsmommy said...

My mil was the daughter of a coal miner in WV. It was a hard life they lived and yet I found her large family to be warm and welcoming when I first met them 40 years ago. Thank you for sharing your insights in to the way of life.

cjajsmommy (at) gmail (dot) com

Deb Ragno

Jo Huddleston said...

Deb, you're welcome. Yes, life in a coal mining camp was a hard one. Thanks for leaving your comment.

Kim Amundsen said...

Thanks for the info. Nice interview. kamundsen44(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Anonymous said...

I love Jo's books! Shelia Hall sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

Connie said...

Coal miners were also a big part of the history of my home state (KY). These men and their families sacrificed much to better their lives and the lives of their fellow Kentuckians.
Thanks for your salute to them in your West Virginia Mountains series.
cps1950 (at)gmail (dot)com

Bonnie Roof said...

I enjoyed your interview, Jo, and would love to read 'Trust Me' - thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!


Shared post!!

Jo Huddleston said...

Kim, glad you enjoyed the interview. Thanks for leaving your comment.

Shelia, so happy your love my books. Thanks for commenting.

Connie, you're welcome. When I did research for writing my West Virginia Mountains series, I learned about the lives and lifestyles of the coal miners and their families. I came to care for them and to care about them. I wrote with compassion about them. Thanks for your comment.

Bonnie, you're welcome. Glad you enjoyed the interview and left your comment.

Brenda Arrington said...

I really enjoyed the interview. Your book sounds very interesting, Thanks for the giveaway.

Jo Huddleston said...

Brenda, you're welcome and I'm so glad you enjoyed the interview. Thanks for leaving your comment.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for hosting Jo on here. I would love to win her new book. She writes good stories. Please put my name in for a chance to win. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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