Sunday, January 17, 2010
STORM WARNING INTERVIEW
Today we're welcoming Nori Edwards, the heroine of Storm Warning by Linda Hall (January 2010) Wow, you've just had quite an adventure.
I guess I have! Thanks for noticing.
1. Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to be in the midst of such suspense.
My husband of many years passed away two years ago leaving me a widow with teenage twin daughter to raise. That was such hard time for all of us. After almost two years, I decided I needed to make a change. I sold our house in the city and bought a so-called 'resort' on a lake in Maine. I say 'so-called' because maybe I didn't check it out as thoroughly as I should have. It required a lot of repair work! And wouldn't you know it, I couldn't find anyone to come and work on my place, which was literally falling down around me! And that's how I met Steve - well, actually it was a bit more involved than that. I was out kayaking and got caught in a storm. Steve Baylor literally rescued me from bashing into my own dock. And I guess that's where the whole thing began: the romance, the mystery, the "ghosts" even.
2. So, during the book you met Steve Baylor. Tell us a bit about him. What was your first impression? When did you know it was love?
Well, first of all he is big! That was the first thing I saw when he was standing on the dock at my cabin. He's six foot five and weighs - well, let's just say he's not the kind go guy you want to meet in a dark alley if he's not on your side! He's incredibly strong. He used to be a cop - well, even more than cop, he used to be a sort of spy. Well, really I have not too much of an idea of what he used to be. He doesn't talk about that a lot.
When did I know it was love? Although I probably wouldn't admit it, I think I knew it was love when I saw him standing there on my dock. I don't know - there was just something about him. And then when I hired him to fix up my cabins, my admiration for him just grew and grew.
3. What strengths/skills do you have? What is your greatest weakness?
I'm an artist, so I guess you could say that is a skill that I have. Technically, I'm a muralist. People hire me to paint murals on the sides of buildings.
My greatest weakness I guess is fear. I'm a bit of a pessimist and sometimes it's difficult for me to trust.
4. What scares you?
Not being in control scares me. And when my first husband died, I felt so out of control. I never want to feel that way again.
5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would be less afraid of showing people my art. I know that sounds strange coming from someone who paints humongous pictures on the sides of buildings, but it's true! I'm very self-conscious about my art. I'm timid to tell people I'm an artist. I would be more self-confident if I could.
6. Where are you in your faith at the start of your story?
I was pretty mad at God for letting my first husband die. I was mad at God for taking away all that was familiar to me.
7. Where are you in your faith at the end of the story?
I realize that God loves me and wants the best for me. I'm not 'mad' at him any more.
8. You've got a scripture at the beginning of the story. Tell us why this scripture is significant.
The verse at the beginning of my story is Psalm 90:1 - 'Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.'
When my first husband died it felt like my house was not my home any more. There was nothing I could do to turn it into my home any more. Nothing felt familiar and 'home' to me. I was searching for a 'home'.
It took me until the end of the book to realize that God is my 'home.'
9. If you could be a dessert what would you be and why?
I would be cheesecake. Don't ask me why. It just jumped into my head when I read the question. Maybe it's because I love cheesecake.
Great story, Linda! Thank you for shairng Nori with us today.