Welcome back, Jo. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
At family reunions I’ve listened to the older generations swap stories of their experiences before telephones and automobiles. Their stories motivated me to write about life before I was born.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
The day my first grandchildren were born—twins!
How has being published changed your life?
I don’t have as much spare time. I’m either writing, brainstorming, or promoting, and marketing.
What are you reading right now?
Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden
I love that book. What is your current work in progress?
I’ve finished my Caney Creek Series and am promoting it now. I have ideas for another series but nothing yet is official.
What would be your dream vacation?
At a beach any place on the Gulf of Mexico, preferably the
Florida panhandle or Florida western shore.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
I write Southern stories, and the south is familiar to me. I choose a place in the south that I’ve visited or met someone from that place. When I start a historical story, I have in my mind the location and date of the story. I read about both and also spend time learning the speech patterns of the locale. Learning about the way characters of the story would dress in that locale and time in history is a must to know before I start writing.
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Condoleezza Rice. She is an intelligent lady who expresses herself well. I think she has no guile, and she means what she says. And I love her smile.
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
All my hobbies were active sports: water skiing, bowling, a little golf. Those are behind me. Now I enjoy my grandchildren and sometimes crochet.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
I write historical novels. The most difficult obstacle for me is research. If I stop writing to research something in question, I stop the flow or words I had. I’ve tried leaving a symbol where I can go back and do all the research at one time. Neither work well for me so I’ll probably continue doing one or the other all the time.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
If you’re a Christian author and you feel God has given you a story to tell, continue to write. There will be obstacles if you are writing for publication. Be patient and don’t give up.
Tell us about the featured book.
Claiming Peace is book 3 in the Caney Creek Series. It is a Southern inspirational historical romance novel.
Facing her lowest moments, Callie’s life begins to crumble.
As he’s done with others of his extended family, can Jim help her find peace?
Visit again the Callaway family and friends in 1951 who live in the Southern Appalachians of
Why did Callie have an appointment with a neurologist? Will she work her way
through whatever lies ahead for her and her family? Does Emmajean’s attraction
for the young lawyer, Terry, blossom further or die on the vine when he wants
her to meet his parents? Can Caroline and Jim find happiness in their long-delayed
marriage? You’ll meet some new characters as the Callaway saga continues.
Follow the Callaway family throughout the Caney Creek Series—live their
triumphs, sorrows, achievements, and losses.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Callie had not wanted to see her son. Not in that place. The Gateway House. Residency rehabilitation, the judge called it. Family weekend visits.
Returning home and leaving Art behind tore away jagged chunks of Callie’s heart. Miles sped by in silence. Callie could hardly breathe past the lump of grief in her throat. How long must Art stay there? The judge said that would be up to Art. He could turn his life around anytime he chose.
Her husband, Arthur, and their daughter, Jennifer, tried to carry on a conversation that would coax Callie out of her remorse. That didn’t work. Her son remained in that place, and the car took them farther from him with each turn of the tires. Despair crouched in a corner of her heart over the recent life-threatening health diagnosis from her neurologist. A diagnosis she and Arthur had not revealed to their children.
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