Hero Interview from Wind in the Wires by Janet Chester Bly with a Giveaway

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This week I’m hosting Patricia Johns with The Rancher’s City Girl (no giveaway) and Janet Chester Bly with Wind in the Wires (US and Canada print book and PDF worldwide). 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 (Jan. 4th) evening.

PrintInterview with the hero from Wind in the Wires by Janet Chester Bly:

1. Seth Stroud, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

I’m 91 years old, love to carve all sorts of shapes out of wood, and own a 1912 Ford Model T, recently painted purple. It’s the only car I’ve ever driven.

2. What do you do for fun?

Play my fiddle. I can do Irish jigs around a campfire or at a Grange Hall dance. I do hymns for church or funerals. Mostly, I play for myself when I get melancholy. I used to fiddle for my sweet niece, Maidie, before she passed away. The music seemed to calm her troubled soul.

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

Telling Reba Cahill what I know about her mom…and other things. I hoped she’d never have to learn those truths, but it’s getting more difficult to keep secret.

4. What are you afraid of most in life?

That I will never find out what happened to my mother and sisters. I suspect foul play and justice must be done. Even though that happened about eighty years ago, it still plagues me.

5. What do you want out of life?

At my age, only one thing…to travel to my boyhood home of Goldfield, Nevada once more and listen to the wind in the wires.

6. What is the most important thing to you?

To finish my niece Maidie’s last wishes, which includes giving Reba Cahill a gold and turquoise squash blossom necklace. The thing is, Reba will ask questions that I’ll find hard to answer. I have questions about that necklace too, but not sure who to ask. But the reply will help me solve a great mystery.

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

I love to read about any kind of history, especially of the Old West and gold rush days. I’ve read all the Stuart Brannon dime novels written by Hawthorne Miller. My pa says I met the real Stuart Brannon once while we lived in Goldfield, Nevada. But that was back in 1905 when I was just a lad and I don’t recall much about it.

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

Hmmm…I don’t reckon I know. Never thought about it. I’ve always had my attention focused all my life so much on Maidie and her needs. Don’t consider myself much. Ah, I did think of one thing…that I had the energy to keep up Maidie’s large garden. She kept a beautiful one, better than most anyone at this high mountain prairie altitude.

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

The pets were all Maidie’s One fat, old toothless poodle and dozens of cats. Since she was so reclusive her last years, they provided more company than just me. The cats suddenly disappeared after Maidie died. I as just keeping another one of her last wishes.

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

In a way, that’s what I’m doing. I’m taking a trek back to Goldfield, Nevada and try to make some things right. I may feel like Rip Van Winkle after his long sleep when I arrive, but I’m anxious to see what I’ll discover.