Sunday, November 21, 2010

Holiday Havoc Interview

Today we're welcoming Ben Storm, the hero of “Christmas Target” in HOLIDAY HAVOC, by Stephanie Newton.
Wow, you've just had quite an adventure.
1. Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to be in the midst of such suspense. I’m Ben Storm, a meteorologist with Weather 24, the cable weather network. And before you ask, I was actually born with that name. I can’t tell you much, but what I can tell you is that someone was very determined to kill me.
2. So, during the book you met Maria. Tell us a bit about her. What was your first impression? When did you know it was love?
Maria and I met because she won a contest for a vacation...and a date. My first impression of Maria? She was dressed in cargo pants, combat boots and I couldn’t see much more than her crazy hair. But she had these really beautiful eyes. I think I first fell in love when I realized that protecting my life was more important than saving her own. She’s really unselfish, like that, but I’m not sure she even realizes it.
3. What strengths/skills do you have? What is your greatest weakness?
I think I have a good head on my shoulders. My greatest weakness? You don’t really think I would tell that in an interview, do you?
4. What scares you?
Not being able to finish the job. Not being able to be the man I know I can be. Not being there for the people I love.
5. You've got a scripture at the beginning of the story. Tell us why this scripture is significant. Lamentations 3:21-22 says, “Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends. His mercies never cease.” I lost my wife two years ago. This verse kept me from losing my mind.

Today we're also welcoming Lauren Curtis, the heroine of “Yuletide Sanctuary” by Terri Reed in the book HOLIDAY HAVOC.
Wow, you've just had quite an adventure.

1. Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to be in the midst of such suspense. I’m an artist by passion and career but a few years ago a horrible nightmare derailed by life. I was physically and emotional scarred. I’d moved to Cannon Beach to hide from the world but my nightmare showed in the flesh and shattered my peaceful, if lonely existence.
2. So, during the book you met Sean Matthews. Tell us a bit about him. What was your first impression? When did you know it was love? I did meet Sean quite unexpectedly. He happened to be out for a run just at the precise moment that I need someone. I don’t believe in coincidence. I know God put Sean out on the beach that night for a reason. I thought he was handsome and kind to help a stranger in peril. I knew pretty quickly but I was afraid to even hope for love so it took me longer to admit it to myself, let alone to him.
3. Where are you in your faith at the start of your story? I’m very much questioning God, His goodness and His plan for my life. I was angry and feeling unloved.
4. Where are you in your faith at the end of the story? With Sean’s help I realized that God’s plan is not our plan. I’ve come to accept the circumstances of my life and embrace my faith in God. I know God loves me and is with me regardless of how I feel.
5. If you could be a dessert what would you be and why? I’d be Christmas cookies. Sweet goodness, sprinkled with love and decorated with care. Because that is how Sean’s love makes me feel.


Catherine Mann said...

Hi Stephanie! Great interview - and awesome story!!

Anonymous said...

I thought both stories were great. I'm a fan of Terri Reed and enjoyed being introduced to Stephanie Newton.

I really liked how both of these novellas were full and rich stories that kept me turning pages and they both layered in emotional connections to characters of different age groups. It can be boring to read books where every one is the same age.

And even if it's never written, I'm totally OK with imagining a romance between Sean's aunt Mary and Detective Jarvis from Yuletide Sanctuary. :D

Anonymous said...

Good interviews. I'm a fan of Terri Reed, but now I will get a chance to read Stephanie as well. I haven't bought the book yet, so now I better run out and get it. Do you gals have anything else coming out soon--like the first part of the year?

Terri Reed said...

Terri, Thanks so much for you kind words. I imagine a romance between Aunt Mary and Detective Jarvis too!!

Terri Reed said...

so good of you to stop by. Miss you!! My next book is out in January, titled Daughter of Texas. Its the first in a continuity series revolving around the murder of a Texas Ranger.

Terri Reed said...

Catherine, is that a puppy your holding? so cute! Love your books by the way!

Caron said...

I've just bought "Holiday Havoc", I can't wait to read it. I have never read an interview done on the characters in a book! I was blown away. It makes me even more anxious to start reading! Great website!