Month: September 2015

Meet Author, Jo Huddleston

Leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, September 15, 2015 to be entered in the DRAWING for an eBook copy of the book below.

This week I’m interviewing author, Jo Huddleston, who writes sweet southern romance. Pull up a chair, grab a cup of tea or coffee and let’s talk to Jo.

JOPKfullJo 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     romances. Jo 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. Learn more at www.johuddleston.com where you can sign up for Jo’s mailing list, connect with her on social media, and read her blogs.

Welcome, Jo. Let’s get better acquainted.

What (2 or 3) fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?

I’m claustrophobic, a light stays turned on in my house 24/7, and I never could do a cartwheel or jump rope.

Where is your favorite vacation spot? Why?

The beach, any beach. But my favorite beaches are those on the Florida coastline on the Gulf of Mexico. Maybe this is true of any vacation spot, but at the beach I feel relaxed and the lifestyle is slower. I find enjoyment just watching the waves come in, recede, and crash again onto the sand. And I love the sunrises and sunsets on the water’s horizon.

Please describe yourself with three words.

Hopeful, enthusiastic, positive.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Trust Me.

Trust Me is book 2 in the West Virginia Mountains Series. It continues the story of two soul mates, Julie and Robby that readers met in book 1, plus, a new character or two. Here is the back cover blurb:

West Virginia, 1960                                        TrustMefinalxx

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?

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

Please tell your friends and family about the book. Posting a short review of the book on Amazon is much appreciated! Also, spread the word on your social media outlets like Facebook and include this link to the book: http://tiny.cc/4yph1x.

Where can readers find you online?

Website: http://www.johuddleston.com

Christian authors’ books blog: http://www.johuddleston.com

Inspirational blog: http://lifelinesnow.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joshuddleston

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/fournovels

Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/johuddleston

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1615694.Jo_Huddleston

The Book Club Network: http://www.bookfun.org/profile/JoHuddleston

Where can readers purchase Trust Me?(insert your title)? (please give links)

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Christian-Historical-Romance-Virginia-Mountains-ebook/dp/B013EX0P0Y/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1438875978&sr=1-5&keywords=Jo+Huddleston

Any parting comments?

Vickie, thanks for having me visit with your readers and you. I’m offering a Kindle eBook copy of Trust Me to one person, the winner drawn from commenters to this post.

Thanks for being with us today, Jo. The best to you and your writing.

Do Your Readers Trust You?

Do Your Readers Trust You?

Over lunch one day, a friend made the comment that I don’t hold back when I write. I put it out there. He was referring to a devotional book I published a couple of months ago in which I share many personal anecdotes about my life. I had to agree. I often tell stories on myself. Isn’t that what a good writer does?

I can’t remember where I saw it or who said it, but when I first started writing, I read this quote: ‘Writing is like walking down the street naked.’ Writers, especially those who write nonfiction, put themselves out there for all the world to see. And while I don’t reveal all my life’s secrets when I write I do share those events I feel might be of interest or serve to illustrate the point I’m trying to make. I have to admit it sometimes feels like you’re a bit naked before the world.

I think a lot of books contain autobiographical threads from the writer. After all, we write about what we know or have experienced in life. Yes, some of it comes from research, but once we finish researching, what we learned is now what we know. When I read nonfiction, I would like to think that it’s all true, but after eighteen years in the book business, I’m not that naive. I know there are writers who embellish their nonfiction. I don’t agree with that practice. When I read nonfiction, I expect to read truth. When I want creative lies, I read fiction.

Back to the statement my friend made about ‘not holding back’. He has no way of knowing if all of those stories really happened to me, but he trusts me to tell the truth. I don’t want to break that trust with him or anyone else. I happen to believe that truth and trust are still important values. When I write fiction, that’s a whole different ballgame, but I still want my readers to trust me; to trust that I will tell them a good story and that it will be the best I can do.

By the way, every story in “Psalms for the Common Man,” is true. No embellishment needed.