Monday, September 30, 2013

Jo Huddleston's "Claiming Peace"

Title: Claiming Peace
Publisher: Sword of the Spirit Publishing

Cover Blurb:
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 East Tennessee. 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.

1) How did this story come to you?
At family reunions I would hear older generations swapping stories of times before automobiles and telephones. That motivated me to want to write about times before I was born. I set the book in the South and call it a Southern inspirational historical romance.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
As I wrote That Summer, book 1 in this series, I realized that a Christian publisher would probably not publish the book because of a non-Christian episode. I also thought that a secular publisher wouldn’t publish it because it was too conservative. I searched among small publishers and found Sword of the Spirit Publishing who would publish the book. Later, I learned my books are in a category folks call “edgy” Christian fiction.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I don’t like to ride elevators or be in the dark. I guess I’m clastrophobic.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m doing edits on Claiming Peace, book 3 of the Caney Creek Series. I have ideas for another series, but nothing is official yet.

5) Parting comments?
Dawn, thanks for having me on your blog. I enjoyed spending time with your readers and you.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?