20 May 2018

Independent Miss Mabel Walker -- Character Interview with Author Jennifer Hudson Taylor

The inspiration for Mabel Walker is actress Tracy Spiridakos

Character Interview with Jennifer Hudson Taylor for her heroine, Mabel Walker
In: The Backcountry Brides Collection (Barbour Books, May 2018)

It’s 1757 and Mabel Walker is grieving over the death of her older brother in the Heart of Nantahalanovella in the Backcountry Bridescollection. He lost his life in a logging accident a month ago, and with the loss of their parents three years ago, Mabel and her fifteen-year-old sister, Bethany, are now alone.

With the inheritance of her brother's logging business and several acres of rich timber land, suitors are lining up, eager to take possession of her newfound property. There is only one problem. Mabel doesn't intend to give up her brother's gift through marriage, especially a loveless marriage. She defies all the unsolicited advice from her friends and neighbors at church, ignores the spiteful comments from her brother's employees who dislike working for a woman, and begins the process of learning all about the logging business.

It isn't until attempts are made on her life and someone tries to sabotage the lumber mill that she realizes how much danger she and her sister could be in. Unsure of who she can trust, Mabel becomes more determined and less dependant on her brother's best friend and foreman. Her faith is seriously tested and several men quit because they refuse to work for a woman. 

Out of the midst of chaos and betrayal, an unlikely ally emerges through a business partnership with Joseph Gregory, a man who clearly wants to purchase her property and business. Mabel finds his rare honesty and loyal support to be of more value than any of the relationships she has formed in Nantahala over the last three years after arriving to the North Carolina colonies.

With medium brown hair often swept up in pearl pins, and intense blue eyes that draw people toward her, Mabel’s appeal even encourages suitors beyond wealth seekers. Think of Miss Mabel Walker as modern-day Canadian actress Tracy Spiridakos in 18th century clothing, hairstyle and hat or colonial cap. I’ve included a photo of Tracy from Wikimedia Creative Commons. 

Mabel is loyal and always dependable. She hates the thought of letting someone down and so it is important for her to carry on the legacy of what her brother built. She’s determined to take care of her sister and the hired help, a Cherokee mom and son who have become like family and also depend on her. Mabel must find a way to overcome her enemies and convince her brother’s former employees that she is a worthy business woman and capable of providing their jobs just as he did. God answers her prayers in a most unexpected way.

CFP: Thanks for visiting with us Jennifer (and Mabel!) 

You can contact Jennifer at:
Author's website: ​
Author Jennifer Hudson Taylor

Amazon Author Page:
Jennifer Hudson Taylor

Jennifer's Twitter:
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  1. Looks like a fantastic collection of novellas!

  2. Great interview Carrie, Jennifer and "Mabel"!
    The Backcountry Brides collection is a great collection of novellas, I enjoyed it very much!
    Blessings, Tina

  3. Thanks for sharing ladies! Mabel sounds like she is quite the situation...


  4. Nice to meet you Mabel. I enjoyed reading your story.

    I love this collection ❤️

  5. What an interesting interview! I always enjoy the Barbour collections with known and also new to me authors - good reading and great way to find new authors to follow. Thanks! dobeworld at sbcglobal dot net

  6. I’ve had my eye on this one for a while...these collections are so beautiful and I love passing them on so others can find new authors too!
    Trdivincenzo (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. Congrats, Teri! You're our winner of The Backcountry Brides Collection!

  7. Nice interview with Miss Mabel Walker. She's one determined character that will face her challenges. Thank you for sharing. This is going to be a wonderful novella collection to read. marilynridgway75[at]gmail[dot]com

  8. Thank you for a great interview. mauback55 at gmail dot com


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