Wednesday, January 7, 2015

CHARACTER INTERVIEW: Joe Austin from Tracks of my Father

Tell me a little about yourself (where you live, who you are, what you look like, what you hope to achieve, etc.)   

My name is Joe Austin.  I  have black hair and green eyes.  I live in Tennessee, on a farm. We’re close to the  Cumberland River so we fish there a lot.  I’m only nine years old now. I just want to finish my homework so I can play!

What do you like to do in your spare time?   

Go fishing!

What is your favorite color and why?   

I like all colors ! 

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What is your favorite food? Why is it your favorite?  Fish. Momma cooks it better than anybody in the  world!

What would you say is your biggest quirk?  I love reading; most  of my friends don’t like to read.

What is it about your antagonist that irks you the most, and why?  

I don’t think I have one of those. If I did,  I wouldn't like  it if  he lied. That makes me mad.

What or who means the most to you in your life? What, if anything, would you do to keep him/her/it in your life?   

My momma. I’ll do whatever she wants me to.

What one thing would you like readers to know about you that may not be spelled out in the book in which you inhabit?  

I don’t like  working  on a farm!

If you could tell your writer (creator) anything about yourself that might turn the direction of the plot, what would it be?  

She knows me well enough to know that there’s  not  much of  a chance  it would ever be any different.  She knows I’m not perfect but  if there  was anything  that I could have done, I  would have tried.


Ask me any question. I've always wanted to know what a character thinks about writers like myself. I'll answer the question at the end of this interview.    

When you write about  the people in your books,  do they really seem real to you?  Or are they like something you just dream about?

Good question. My characters are very real to me; so real, I often feel as if they are my next door neighbors. Often, when I finish a book, I am sad because I have to leave them.

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Thank you, Joe!

Learn more about Joe and Tracks of my Father below:


Joe is fast becoming a young man during the 1930's and 40's, an almost forgotten era. 
The Austin's live in rural Tennessee, where Daddy farms. 
Despite the hardships that they have to endure, they are certain of two things. God and Family are everything. 
Joe loses his baby sister and they do their best to remain strong. The Austin's find happiness when a new little sister is born, and later, another. 
A raging fire soon destroys most of their home. Momma gets sick, and Joe is forced to become a surrogate parent to his young sisters. 
How can Joe keep everything together? How can he do all that he is forced to do when he is only eleven years old?



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