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Q & A with Veda Boyd Jones regarding Callie’s Song
Q: What is the underlying theme in this romance?
A: I have always believed that God helps those who help themselves. So, I put that in the book. I’m all for helping those who can’t take care of themselves, but I believe the old adage: “If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day; if you teach him to fish, he can feed himself through his lifetime.” I let Trey figure this out and give an opportunity to Callie.
Q: How did you learn about the life of a superstar?
A: I read a bit about some celebrities, and I know that all people are basically alike. Feelings are universal.
Q: Why set this book in North Carolina?
A: I used a teeny part of my own experience. Our friend Cathy’s parents lived on a mountain in North Carolina. They called it their mountain cabin, but it was twice the size of our house, and at the bottom of King Mountain were a guard and a gate. I really didn’t know Cathy’s folks were wealthy, although I’d met them before.
We hired a local teenager as a babysitter one evening so the adults could go out. Cathy’s dad mentioned casually the next day that he thought he would put the babysitter through college. Turns out one of his charities was to give scholarships to four students each year. I found that remarkable, and I used the idea and the location in this book.