Congratulations to Shontell who won a book from Crystal L. Barnes! I’ll be contacting you soon. 🙂
This week’s guest is author Jo Huddleston. Jo is offering to give away a Kindle eBook copy of Promise Me so make sure to leave a comment below.
Let’s give her a big welcome!
A little bit about Jo
Jo Huddleston is an Amazon Bestselling author of books, articles, and short stories. Novels in her West Virginia Mountains series and her Caney Creek series are sweet Southern historical romances. Her novels are endorsed by Amanda Cabot, Cara Lynn James, Sharlene MacLaren, and Ann Tatlock. The redeeming story of God’s pursuing love is the foundation of her novels, and in them you will find inspiration, hope, and gentle stories that are intriguing and entertaining. Jo is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN).
Connect with Jo
Website and blog (Read novel first chapters here): http://www.johuddleston.com
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Inspirational blog: http://bit.ly/1QAPRnr
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Amazon author page: http://amzn.to/1SxafIK
The Friday Five with Jo
What inspired your latest story?
Promise Me is the third and last book of the West Virginia Mountains series. My inspiration for the series came from visiting a college friend’s home in West Virginia where her daddy owned a coal mine. I learned about the meager living conditions and super work ethic of the miners and their families and wanted to put that in a story. As for the inspiration for Promise Me–as the series progressed the characters of Adriana and Patrick strengthened until they deserved a book of their own. Also the series progressed in time, which put book 3 opening in the early 1960s, in the Vietnam War era. As one reviewer wrote, Promise Me takes place in “a time when the long-established framework of society seemed to be giving way to an era of uncertainty and turmoil. A time when questions abounded, including the one faced by the characters of Promise Me: Is a promise still binding in such an atmosphere of upheaval, when all the old rules seem to be fading away?”
What is your writing process like?
When writing a novel, I do very little plotting of the story on paper. I’m more of what writers call a seat-of-the-pants writer. I usually know the beginning and ending of my story and let the characters lead the way. I don’t divide my first draft into chapters as I write, but I write in scenes. After I finish the first draft, I go through it and combine the scenes into chapters.
What are some of your favorite novels (or your favorite novelists) and why?
I keep a list of my all-time 5 favorite novels and post any change to the list in my quarterly newsletter. Here is my current list:
The Familiar Stranger by Christina Berry
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Hearts That Survive by Yvonne Lehman
Rooms by James Rubart
Same Sweet Girls by Cassandra King
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received for writing?
Actually, I consider two pieces of writing advice to be the best I’ve received. Very simply stated, they are: (1) learn the rules of writing but know that you can break them; and (2) BIC=butt in chair; stay in your chair and write. However, now some amend this advice by saying stay in your chair and write, but turn off Facebook and email which are huge detractors during your writing time.
Are you and introvert or extrovert? What’s that best thing about being an (introvert or extrovert)?
I’m an only child and I’m not sure that has anything to do with it, but early on and through high school I was a big-time introvert. I was fortunate to go to college away from home and was determined to reinvent myself when I got to the college campus. I did and became an accomplished extrovert, even a public speaker and award-winning actor in college. I don’t know what’s the best thing about being either. I will say I am more content as an extrovert, but contentment may very well come with maturity to everyone, whether an introvert or extrovert.
About Promise Me
When war calls…faith is tested
In 1960, civil discord in Vietnam fills the news. After his college graduation, Patrick Fitzgerald plans to join his daddy’s South Carolina accounting firm. But Uncle Sam may have another position in mind for Patrick—in the U.S. Army. His family’s affluence would be no match for the persuasion of the military draft.
Adriana Montagna’s papá ekes out a living as a coal miner in the mountains of West Virginia. Can a lasting relationship form with Patrick, or will his wealth become a barrier between them?
Meanwhile, the fiber of America’s unity stands on the precipice, while its youth fight a no-win battle on foreign soil. What good can a young couple hope for at such a time as this?
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