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).
Jo, welcome to Monthly Smiles. Please tell the readers 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?
What inspired you to write Promise Me.
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 saw the sparse living conditions and excellent 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.
How did you choose the title of your book?
When I write a novel, the title comes to me as the story evolves. In Promise Me, the theme of making and keeping a promise became strong. I knew that had to be in the title.
What is your favorite scene/chapter? (you can add a paragraph excerpt if you wish) In Promise Me a scene I enjoyed writing occurred on New Year’s Eve. To tell you anymore about the scene would spoil your reading of the book.
Is there a message in this novel, you want readers to grasp?
Yes. Besides the theme of making and keeping a promise, there is a God-related message I hope my readers will grasp: No matter how angry we may become toward God, he always welcomes our return to him. The redeeming story of God’s pursuing love is the foundation of my novels
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in this book?
No, I wouldn’t. I enjoyed writing Promise Me and really like my characters. I hope readers will feel the same as I do about this story and these lovely people in it.
Are you working on a new project you can tell us about it?
When I finished Promise Me, another story settled into my mind. I don’t do a lot of plotting on paper, but I know the beginning and probable ending of a novel when I begin. Then I write what happens between and most times my characters will take over and I let the story go along with them. I can tell you that most of my next novel will take place on a seashore. I’m excited to get started on it!
What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
If you enjoy reading Promise Me, please tell your family and friends, including your social media friends. If you’re comfortable leaving a review of the book on Amazon, you can do that at http://amzn.to/1S0vgNf. Just a short, “I liked it” or “I loved it” would be enough. All word-of-mouth and reviews are much appreciated and will help others to find worthwhile Christian fiction to read.
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Links to Huddleston Online:
Website and blog (Read novel first chapters here): http://www.johuddleston.com
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Inspirational blog, Lifelines: http://bit.ly/1QAPRnr
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Amazon author page: http://amzn.to/1SxafIK
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