While I’ve been working on Shotgun Groom, I have also been working on Isaac’s Decision. I am finally at chapter six in the book. I realize in my last interview with Joel, Tom and Dave Larson, I said that Isaac would be running off with Emily in chapter eight or nine, but since I’m in chapter six and the elopement isn’t close to happening, I’d guess it’ll be around chapter twelve when it happens.
Just to quickly set the stage for the interview, Eva Connealy is 16 and the teacher. Isaac and Emily are both 17. Because Eva is teaching people older than her, she attends night classes to stay ahead of them in their studies, not that Emily is studying. Emily spends all her time reading. (She’s there because Isaac is still in school, but Isaac doesn’t know that so don’t tell him. *wink*) Anyway, I decided Eva would be younger than Isaac after I learned that Laura Ingalls Wilder taught when she was almost 16 and went to school at night because she had some students older than her. (Who said that the vacation I took this past summer didn’t pay off, even though I couldn’t get any pictures of the Ingalls’ surveyour’s house in DeSmit, South Dakota? ;))
Eva Connealy is the youngest daughter of Joseph and Margaret Connealy (remember A Husband for Margaret?). When Joseph and Margaret got married, he already had four boys: Doug, Bob, Charles and Ben. (Little known fact: those were the names of my uncles on my dad’s side of the family.) After Joseph and Margaret married, they had two girls: Charlotte and Eva. I will be bringing in the four boys when they’re adults. I figure Doug and Bob will fight over one of Tom and Jessica’s daughters. So we’ll be seeing more of the Connealy family in future books. In this one, I introduce a couple of them, Ben and Eva being the ones who’ll pop up the most.
Now, you’re wondering why I spent so much time explaining the Connealy family, right? Well, Dave Larson (Isaac’s dad, in case someone reading this doesn’t know) is trying to fix Isaac up with Eva. What fun, huh? LOL Not quite. In fact, that is why I brought Isaac in for an interview. 😀
Enough of the introduction. Let’s get Isaac in here.
Don’t blame me. You selected this picture from www.dreamstime.com. (And no, I am not getting paid to advertise for them this way.)
You were supposed to play along and say you colored your hair a lighter shade of blond for this interview.
Why would I do that?
Well, because otherwise, we have to admit there’s a discrepancy between how you look in the book and how you look in the picture.
I don’t think anyone’s going to care. It’s just a book, and this is a post that will get buried into nonexistence since you tend to post a lot. By the time the book comes out, who’ll be the wiser?
I plan to do more interviews with you, and you’ll have the same shade of blond. We might even discuss the release of the book or your happy ending.
That’s not my problem. I just show up when you finally decide to write my story. I notice you spend more time on Joel Larson’s book. You’re already at 25,000 words on Shotgun Groom. You just hit 14,000 on mine.
Okay. First of all, his story comes before yours in the chronological order of the Nebraska series.
Then explain why you’re going back in time to write Sally Larson’s book after you’re done with Shotgun Groom. Chronologically, she’s the first one who gets married in the Nebraska series.
*sigh* Once, just once, I’d like to have a main character who will actually work with me instead of arguing.
I can’t help it if you’re inconsistent.
Anyway, I also plan to publish Shotgun Groom before Isaac’s Decision.
Really? And when will that be?
I’m keeping my fingers crossed for November for Shotgun Groom and January for you book, but no promises. If you characters give me writer’s block because you don’t like the direction of the story, then I’ll have to push back the deadline. Not that this has anything to do with this interview. So let’s get to it. Isaac, I notice that you are avoiding Emily Craftsman. Do you mind telling us why?
You’re the author. Can’t you just tell everyone?
Isaac, you’re one snarky comment away from getting married to Eva Connealy so watch it. I can change the plot of this book. That would make your father happy.
*grimaces* I’ll be good. Okay. Fine. You want the truth? I’ll say it. My father doesn’t want me to talk to Emily.
But you want to talk to her?
It doesn’t matter what I want. I’ve been warned over and over to stay away from the Craftsman girl. If I hear Pa say that one more time, I might scream.
Now we’re getting somewhere! Why would you scream?
Because it makes no sense. What could Emily possibly have done that was so bad that my father wouldn’t want me to talk to her?
What would you say if you could talk to her?
*shrugs* I don’t know. It’s been so long since I’ve talked to her that I’m not sure where to begin.
So why not move on and put her behind?
You obviously haven’t seen her.
Cool! Can I read them?
Nope. You can’t find out what’s going on with her side of the story until later in the book.
Figures. I heard you like to keep your characters in the dark as you destroy their lives.
What? Who said that?
Joel Larson. He’s pretty upset about what’s happening in Shotgun Groom, and tomorrow is the dreaded wedding day, from what I hear.
It is. I’m looking forward to it.
Because you love to make people suffer?
No. I’m looking forward to it because the romance part will finally start to unfold. But this isn’t about me and what I’m doing with Shotgun Groom. It’s about you and your upcoming “date” with Eva Connealy.
*shivers* It is not a date. My pa invited her over for supper.
You don’t sound excited about it.
Why would I be? Not only is she my teacher, but I have no interest in her.
Why not? She’s not that bad.
I don’t know. There’s just no chemistry going on between me and her. What’s worse is that I think she has a crush on me.
Good grief. Why? I don’t do anything to encourage her.
I guess there’s something about you that renders women helpless.
Very funny. I’m not that good looking.
Yeah, I don’t understand it either.
Now who’s being snarky?
Payback, buddy. Payback. If you can’t handle the snarky retorts, then don’t dish them out. But seriously, you need to stand up to your father if you expect him to stop playing matchmaker. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a woman you don’t want.
So I need to tell my father that I’d rather court Emily than Eva?
You could try that, but how do you know you even want to court Emily when you haven’t talked to her since you were fourteen?
It’s not that I haven’t said anything to Emily. It’s just that I keep my distance. I have to. My little brother Jacob is the biggest blabbermouth on the planet.
You have to give Jacob a break. He’s only eight. Granted, you said a couple words to Emily in chapter five. But it’s hardly enough to substantiate a reason for you to want her.
It’s hard to explain. Okay. There is one thing that’s obvious. She’s beautiful. It’s impossible to walk into a room and not notice her. But there’s more to her than how she looks. I sense that deep down, there’s a person worth loving. I don’t think many people allow that part of her to come to the surface. When they see her, they see how she looks. With Emily, there’s more to her than meets the eye.
I think we’ll end this interview on that high note. Thanks for coming, Isaac. I’ll talk to you again later.