WELCOME to my PARTY!!!
The month of November is a special time for me!
My second novel and sequel to
the second in the unsavory heritage series,
will be available 30 November on Amazon
CHARACTER INTERVIEW – LILY
rem: Good afternoon, Lily, welcome.
Lily: Good afternoon. Nice of you to ask me here.
rem: You were put in a difficult situation. Tell us how that came about.
Lily: As usual, my sister, Rose, shirked her responsibility.
rem: How do you mean?
Lily: She was—… She come to my house because she was, well, in trouble.
rem: Pregnant, you mean?
Lily: In the family way, yes. And then she just left her there.
rem: You mean the baby?
Lily: Yes, the baby. She left her with me. She didn’t plan to, mind. Rose was— she weren’t flighty. For a smart woman, though, she sure did do some mighty dumb things.
rem: You raised the baby, correct?
Lily: Yes, I sure did. Rose went and named her Clara Bess after our granmama.
rem: And Clara Bess never knew?
Lily: She certainly did not. I done my best so she wouldn’t never find out.
rem: So she believed you were her mother?
Lily: It was best that way.
rem: You already had a house full, didn’t you?
Lily: Me and Frank had the best kids in the county. Three boys and three girls.
rem: What did they think about Clara Bess?
Lily: They figured she was their sister, didn’t never know no different. ‘Cept maybe Connie. She was old enough to know.
rem: And she never said anything?
Lily: What would she say? She minded her manners, Connie did. She never would question me or her Pa. Not like kids nowadays.
rem: Connie seemed to be fond of Clara Bess.
Lily: Oh, yes. She was quite fond of the child. They looked the same, them two. Not like my other two girls, Blythe and Sallie. They was all curly yellow hair. Connie and Clara Bess was black-headed like me, ‘fore it turnt all gray.
rem: You’re a beautiful woman, Lily.
Lily: Thank you, ma’am, you is kind.
rem: What was it like, raising someone else’s child?
Lily: Most times, it was just like any other day, another mouth to feed. But I always was thinking on what Rose had done. I don’t reckon I ever did forgive her like I oughta had.
rem: For leaving Clara Bess?
Lily: That weren’t the only thing she done, mind. She done awful things— I cain’t talk about that. Momma forgave her and that was what mattered.
rem: Did you resent Clara Bess for being Rose’s child?
Lily: That’s a mighty pertinent question, there. Like I said, most days it didn’t bother me none. Most days we just done like we always done.
rem: She looked like Rose, though, didn’t she?
Lily: I looked like Rose, too. She were ten years older then me, and I come out looking just the same’s her. Same’s our Momma, too.
rem: Was that hard, her looking so much like her mother?
Lily: It was. But my Connie was the same so I’s already used to it.
rem: Did she give you any trouble as a child?
Lily: Oh, no. She were a delight. She were a easy child to raise up.
rem: I understand that she tagged along with Connie, and when she wasn’t with Connie, she stayed by your side.
Lily: She was a funny one, that one. Didn’t have no friends. Not many, anyhow. Didn’t make no sense to me. Sweet as could be, too. She did like to cook though, and she were a good cook, too.
rem: Lily, I appreciate you taking your time to visit with us today.
Lily: It was nice being here.
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“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!
Ms. Mason has been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on her debut novel, Tessa in 2013. Meanwhile, she cranked out a few dozen poems, and made countless notes for story ideas. Ms. Mason lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; she didn’t want to be who she was and struggled with her own identity for many years. Her characters face many of these same demons.
Ms. Mason has lived in the Upstate of South Carolina since 1988. She lived in Colorado for sixteen years, during which time she: went to high school, got married, had babies, got divorced and went to college. Her “babies” are now grown, two have babies of their own. She currently lives alone, with her five cats.
Ms. Mason writes Christian-worldview–in other words, there’s no salvation message, but there are plenty of characters who know the Lord and share His perspective with those who are struggling.
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