Beyond the Past is an inspirational Southern historical novel with threads of romance and set in the Southern Appalachians of East Tennessee. Here is a little something about the book: Emmajean Callaway’s life in Atlanta plummets from bad to worse. Can big brother, Jim, lead her back to the family who loves her and also hold the imploding Callaway family together?
Jim Callaway looks forward to 1951 and the chance to forge a relationship with Caroline after twenty years apart. He’s sidetracked when his sister and his best friend need his help. His baby sister, Emmajean, skids into jail on drug charges in Atlanta. The ordeal of incarceration and trial diminishes her and she needs rescuing, not only physically but spiritually. She struggles toward recovery and restoration with her lawyer’s help as he champions her inside and outside the courtroom. Jim’s nephew Joe is one step ahead of the truant officer, wrecks his car, and officials suspect alcohol is involved. Joe awaits his fate at the hands of the juvenile court judge. Jim and Caroline continue their bumpy journey as they seek realization of their dreams, wondering if they really can overcome obstacles to their being together after so many years.
I noticed that this is the second book in the series. what was your inspiration?
I and my ancestors were raised in the Southern Appalachians of East Tennessee. I know and care about the people and lifestyle there, which gave me a unique perspective from which to write That Summer. At family reunions I’d listen to my relatives’ fascinating stories about time before I was born. Eventually, I wanted to do this novel and tell about some of the things I’d heard. This is a novel, a work of my imagination combined with remembrances of my family’s stories.
What is next for you?
I’m writing book #3 in the Caney Creek Series, Claiming Peace, which is scheduled to release September 2013.
Thanks for sharing with us about Beyond the Past. Now for a fun question.:) What is your favorite dessert? If you don’t like sweets. What is your favorite meal?
My favorite meal is (drum roll, please) pizza.
Ah, yes–pizza is good. Now for one last question. If your book were an animal what kind of animal would it be and why?
I can’t really equate my book to an animal. I will say that if I were to be an animal I would be an eagle. I love their graceful glide. And no other bird would pick on me!
What a great choice! Thanks for sharing.
Jo has offered to give away a copy of either the first book in the series (That Summer) or Beyond the Past to one lucky commenter,
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Jo Huddleston’s debut novel, That Summer, released in December 2012 as the first book in The Caney Creek Series. Huddleston holds a B.A. degree with honors from Lincoln Memorial University (TN), and is a member of their Literary Hall of Fame. She earned a M.Ed. degree from Mississippi State University. Professional membership: American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).
Signed copies available in the left column on my site www.johuddleston.com