Interview with Author Jo Huddleston #Giveaway

JO PK fullJo Huddleston is a multi-published author of books, articles, and short stories. Novels in her West Virginia Mountains Series and her Caney Creek Series are sweet Southern historical 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 is offering a giveaway today so make sure to leave a comment in the comment section. Continental US only.

Welcome, Jo! Why do you write the type of books that you do?

I enjoy reading novels set in the U.S. South in the 1950s and early 1960s. That time was more peaceful and simpler, both in happenings and lifestyles. Into the 1960s, things in this country changed with unique events—the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, of his brother Robert, and of Martin Luther King, Jr. The youth appeared to become unfounded in noble principles. I prefer to write about the 1950s and early 1960s—a time when we didn’t know about assassinations, Woodstock, the Vietnam War, and on and on.

Has writing changed your life in any way?

Yes. I don’t have time to read as much as I’d like. I used to read 60-plus books a year. Last year I read 19 books. It’s difficult to take time away when I’m writing a novel—I want to stay with my characters until I can get them in a place where I’m comfortable leaving them.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?

Plenty of bottled water; my Kindle loaded with books I want to read (oh and I’d have to have some way to recharge my Kindle); notebooks and pencils. Sorry, that’s more than 3.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?

It would be Amelia Earhart. I’m fascinated with aviation—birds, airplanes, space craft. I’d enjoy hearing her discuss her pioneering days in that field.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

I have just started book 3 in the West Virginia Mountains Series. It will continue the stories of characters in Books 1 and 2, plus a new character or two. No title yet.

Trust Me finalxxPlease tell us about the featured book.

Trust Me is book 2 in the West Virginia Mountains Series. It continues the story of Julie and Robby from book 1, Wait for Me, and also we meet a new character or two.

Here’s the back cover blurb:

West Virginia, 1960

A mine owner. An elegant lady.

Seductive voices that scoff at trust.

Loreen Fletcher has suffered heartbreak. She resolves never to trust a man again. She has earned a respected position with no help from anyone, especially not from a man. At thirty-six, she knows loving brings inevitable misery, and she won’t pick at that scab again.

Claude Capshaw’s life has taken another detour. Things that drove him no longer motivate him. Nothing fulfills him anymore—except that elegant lady at West Virginia University. Why won’t she trust him when he tells her he’ll never betray her?

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  1. Sandra, thanks for having me here visiting your readers and you. Readers, leave a comment to be entered in the drawing to receive an eBook copy of my newest release, Trust Me. I’ll select a winner from among commenters next Friday, October 9. Good luck to all in the book drawing!

    Posted by Jo Huddleston
  2. Jo, thanks for being a guest on my blog today. Your books sound great. I was surprised to see that you went to Mississippi State. My husband and I went there, too. I hope you’ll come back and visit soon.

    Posted by Sandra Robbins
  3. This sounds like an interesting series, Jo. I’m a transplant to the South, and I’m still getting surprises.

    Posted by Susan Page Davis
    • Susan, glad you find my West Virginia Mountains series interesting. I hope the surprises you’re still getting in the South are good ones. Thanks for commenting.

      Posted by Jo Huddleston
  4. Jo—-Hail State! My son got his PhD in entomology at Miss. State in 2004. I am a grad of Miss. Univ. for Women (formerly MSCW) myself (1968). I have not read any of your books yet, but that’s a situation I need to remedy.

    Posted by Emily Akin
    • Emily, we left Mississippi State early in 1968 so we were right down the road from Columbus. I hope you do read some of my books and enjoy them. Thanks for commenting.

      Posted by Jo Huddleston
  5. Jo, I was in the same situation as Loreene about seven years ago then one day I met a wonderful man! Your book sounds wonderful!

    Posted by Joyce Klidies
    • Joyce, glad my book, Trust Me, sounds good to you. When you read the book, you can certainly identify with Loreen. Thanks for commenting.

      Posted by Jo Huddleston
  6. Sandra, sometimes we learn that it is indeed a small world–my husband and I went to Mississippi State as you and yours did. Thanks for invitation to visit your blog again.

    Posted by Jo Huddleston
  7. Glad to meet you through this blog Jo. You are a new author to me but I enjoy simpler life style so your books have caught my attention. I will be adding them to my TBR list which is always growing. Thank you Sandra for introducing Jo to us. The best to you both.

    Posted by Marilyn
  8. Jo,
    Uncle Fred worked in the coal mines of West Virginia. Even though he didn’t own a coal mine he did marry a genteel southern lady, my Aunt Thelma. Unfortunately, he died of black lung disease from working in the mines.

    Posted by Janet Estridge
    • Janet, yes, the black lung disease is a health risk for those working in the coal mines. Sorry to hear about your Uncle Fred. Thanks for commenting.

      Posted by Jo Huddleston
  9. I enjoy reading stories set in the coal mines of West Virginia though I don’t have any relatives from there.

    Posted by kim amundsen
  10. Jo, I love stories written in the South, and from the 50’s-early 60s era. My husband and I drove through West Virginia last October. I’ve wanted to see those WV mountains since John Denver sang, “Country Road, Take Me Home.”

    What beauty God created! I must say my jaw dropped at the rustic, mountainous wilderness. Ah-h-h-h. I’m ready to go back again. We only stopped long enough to visit a Tourist Center, and spend one night on our way to Arlington. Not nearly long enough.

    Your plot and characters sounds interesting. I’ve heard complaints lately that there aren’t enough stories written about couples in their 30s and 40s. I agree.

    I wish you God’s blessing on all your writing endeavors, and hope I win a copy of this wonderful book. LOL. landtbeth at Yahoo dot com.

    Posted by Laurean Brooks
  11. Laurean, glad my plot and characters are interesting to you. I appreciate your kind words. Thanks for leaving your comment.

    Posted by Jo Huddleston
  12. I’ve read everything Jo has written and enjoyed every one. I’m looking forward to reading this one. I’ve followed Jo forever–well, it seems like it. annknowles03 at aol dot com

    Posted by Ann Knowles

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