Heroine Interview from Londonderry Dreaming by Christian Lindsay with a Giveaway

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This week I’m hosting Leann Harris with A Ranch to Call Home, Stephanie Grace Whitson with A Captain for Laura Rose, and Christina Lindsay with Londonderry Dreaming (ebook only). If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on your post with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (Mar. 9th) evening.

Largest pic LDInterview with the heroine from Londonderry Dreaming by Christina Lindsay:

1. Naomi Boyd, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

I have gained some global fame for my paintings of children. Many of my works now hang in hospitals, universities, government offices around the world. Thanks to my grandfather I own my gallery on 57th Avenue in New York. I prefer the impressionistic style perfected by artists such as Monet and Renoir.

2. What do you do for fun?

When I was dating Keith Wilson a number of years ago in Ireland, I used to love dancing with him in an Irish Céilidh (pronounced kaylee). Keith was studying at the university in Belfast and I was on a painting tour, but on the weekends we would go out to big old Irish dances with traditional music. I suppose being artistic—like Keith—the love of dance comes naturally to me. As a music therapist, Keith certainly loved to dance. But that was the past. Now as a single woman, I read a lot, go for walks in Central Park. I’m always working you see, so it’s hard to squeeze time into my life for fun.

3. What do you put off doing because you dread it?

Telling someone what I really think. I have such a hard time confronting people when I differ with their opinion. This fault of mine hurt someone I cared about deeply. When I broke off with Keith five years ago, I never told him why. I never told him that pressure from my grandfather was behind it. But how could I say to the man I thought I was in love with, that I wanted my art more than I wanted to get married.

4. What are you afraid of most in life?

That I will grow old, having no one to be at my side. A career cannot keep you warm at night. A career cannot fill you up with love. In fact, I wonder how long I can keep on painting without someone to fill me with love. Sooner or later my well of creativity may dry up, due to that lack of love…and fun.

5. What do you want out of life?

Lately, I’ve come to yearn for what most women want—a loving husband to be my partner in life, children to nurture. But for so long I’ve focused on my career, my calling, my art. Thanks to my grandfather, I have a career many artists would give their eyeteeth for. That career has come at a great cost though.

6. What is the most important thing to you?

Without a doubt, God is most important to me. But I sometimes wonder what is keeping me from moving deeper in my relationship with my Lord. Is it possible that my love relationship with God has not grown for the same reason that my relationship with Keith ended—because I can’t come out and say out loud what I really feel? The only way I’ve been able to show what I feel is through my painting.

7. Do you read? If so, what is your favorite type of book to read?

I’m particularly fond of historical romance, especially those set in the misty isle of Ireland. I guess I’m that way because my grandfather came from there. There’s something so very romantic about Ireland and its patchwork of emerald fields and meadows, and rugged coastline with majestic cliffs. When you’re there visiting, you can’t help but feel the past is only the blink of an eye away…that if the mist cleared, you’ve find yourself facing an ancient Irish king or queen standing on the bulwark of a crumbling castle.

8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

It’s not right for a person to keep their thoughts to themselves too much. I’m guilty of not stating how I feel about certain issues. I grew up this way because my grandfather held such iron-clad opinions, that I was afraid to speak the truth out loud. Maybe with the help of an elderly friend in Ireland, Ruth Wilson who is also Keith’s grandmother, I might be able to change that about myself. I shouldn’t run into Keith though. He’ll most likely be at his home in upstate New York, and not in Ireland the same time as me.

9. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?

I have a cat, Percy, but he doesn’t really show up during my trip to Ireland. I left him at home with my neighbor in the adjacent Soho apartment in New York.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

I would like to go back to the time my grandfather called me home from my painting tour of Ireland. He wanted me to return to the States because I’d become romantically involved with the grandson of his old enemy. If I could only go back in time and tell Gramps that whatever hurt him in the past has nothing to do with the way I feel about Keith Wilson.