Today I’m happy to have with me…no, not a fellow author, but the main character of my current work-in-progress A Holiday Wish, Noelle Silver. Noelle was kind enough to take a few minutes from her busy schedule of trying to plan the wedding of the century to answer a few questions for us. Thanks for being here, Noelle!
NS: Thanks for having me. I’m not going to lie – this is kind of weird.
CJH: You’ve never been interviewed before?
NS: Nope. Well, the Springhollow Stalker did a little writeup on me when I opened my business. But that was a few years ago, and it wasn’t really an interview. Just a blurb, really.
CJH: The Springhollow Stalker?
NS: (laughs a little) That’s what my fiancé – I mean my ex-fiancé – calls the local paper. It’s a small town, and he used to swear that the people who write for it get their stories by looking into people’s windows. They always seem to know what’s going on.
CJH: I get it. Well, welcome to your first interview!
NS: Thanks, I think.
CJH: Don’t be nervous. I’m just going to make you tell us all of your deepest, darkest secrets.
NS: (laughs again). Fire away. I hope you’re not disappointed by my completely boring life.
CJH: I doubt that. Well, first things first. What’s your full name?
NS: Noelle Elizabeth Silver.
CJH: That’s pretty. And how old are you?
NS: Hey. A lady never reveals her age.
CJH: Would you rather I guessed?
NS: Ugh. Fine. If I have to. I’m thirty. I’ll be thirty-one in May.
CJH: I wouldn’t have guessed that. And where are you from?
NS: I’m from a little town called Blackton. It’s not as little as Springhollow, but it’s definitely not some sprawling metropolis. It’s a suburb of Harrisburg.
CJH: And what brought you to Springhollow?
NS: School. I went to Springhollow College.
CJH: That’s a great school. You must be intelligent.
NS: I’m not researching string theory on my day off, that’s for sure. But I get by, I guess.
CJH: What was your major?
NS: English literature.
CJH: And what do you do?
NS: I own Silver Bells Wedding Designs. I’m a wedding planner. (laughs again) Money well-spent!
CJH: Well, it’s definitely not unusual for people to end up doing something they never thought they would.
NS: You’re telling me.
CJH: So what made you decide to become a wedding planner?
NS: You know, I don’t remember actually making the decision. I’d never even been to a wedding until after I graduated from college. I just remember showing up and being just completely obsessed with every little detail. I wondered how they picked the food, the colors, the theme, even the music. It fascinated me how all of these little parts came together to create this beautiful, magical day. I spent more time talking to their coordinator than my fiancé – sorry, ex-fiancé.
CJH: And how soon after that did you start your own business?
NS: Sooner than I should have. I didn’t really know what I was doing for that entire first year. I got lucky, though. I didn’t screw up too much and the stuff that did get screwed up, I fixed the best I could. I worked out of my apartment for the first three years. Then three years ago I rented my own shop. It’s on Main Street, a few doors down from The Daily Grind.
CJH: So you’re doing pretty well, then?
NS: Well, I guess. Not that it matters.
CJH: What do you mean?
NS: I’m – well, I’m actually closing down. I’m working on my last wedding now, and then I’m done.
CJH: Why’s that?
NS: Um. A couple of reasons. The biggest one being that my heart’s just not in it anymore. I’ve had some personal issues lately and that makes it kind of hard to put my all into planning someone’s dream wedding.
CJH: I see. Does it have anything to do with your own broken engagement?
NS: How did you know about that?
CJH: You’ve referred to your ex-fiance twice.
NS: Oh. I didn’t realize. Well, yeah. It does have to do with that. It’s kind of hard to tell people you can plan their weddings when it’s common knowledge that you couldn’t pull off your own, you know?
CJH: I understand. So what are your plans?
NS: Um, if you don’t mind, I’d really rather not get into that. It’s kind of personal. I don’t feel ready to talk about it.
CJH: No problem. I have some other questions I could ask, if you prefer?
NS: That would be fine. As long as they don’t involve romance, or weddings. Or Christmas. Or coffee.
CJH: Coffee? I think you’re safe.
- If you had a free day and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do? I would sleep as late as I could, even though when I can sleep late I still end up waking up around 9. I’d have a leisurely and really fattening breakfast – a few cups of tea and a bunch of pastries. Then I’d take a walk downtown to the art gallery and spend a few hours there wishing I had the money to be able to afford some of the abstract pieces. After that I’d go to the park and sit by the mini-waterfall and meditate. I’ve never meditated a day in my life! I just want to know what it’s like. Then I’d pick up some Thai food for dinner and then wind down with a movie and some Chardonnay.
- What are you most proud of about your life? Wow. That’s a hard one. Well, up until a few weeks ago I’d say I was most proud of starting my own business. I never thought I had that in me. But I failed. So I don’t know. I really don’t know.
- When you wake up in the morning what’s the first thing you do? Pee. Can I say that?
- What are you most ashamed of in your life? Um. I’d really rather not get into that. So, pass.
- Do you think you’ve turned out the way your parents expected? The way my mom expected? No, probably not. She always bragged about how smart I was. I walked and talked so early she seemed to think it meant I’d be a genius. I really doubt she ever expected me to be a failed wedding planner. And my dad ditched us when I was ten. If he had any expectations for me, he never made them known.
- What have you always wanted to do but haven’t done? Why? I’ve always wanted to visit Europe. There’s a lot of reasons why I haven’t. Money…it takes a lot of money, and growing up we never had any. Then I was in school, and right after school I started my business, so there was no time.
- What is the worst thing that’s happened in your life? What did you learn from it? Being ditched by my fiance for his twenty-three-year-old assistant. And even though I already knew from my dad that you can’t really trust men who say they’ll be there for you, that just drove it home. There. I said it. Don’t ask me to talk about it.
- What would you like it to say on your tombstone? Noelle Silver…Loving and devoted sister, friend…and, um, wife and mother.
- What is the most important thing in your life? What do you value most? My family, absolutely. I’d do anything for my mom and my sister. Even if it meant giving up my life as I know it.
- What flaw must you overcome? (Laughs) Just one? Let’s see. I’m a slob. I can be insensitive. Apparently I have a tendency toward self-absorption and outright selfishness. There are probably more but those are the biggies.
CJH: Well, I think that’s all the questions I have for you, Noelle. Thanks for being here! Good luck with the last wedding.
NS: Thanks for having me. This was…enlightening.
A Holiday Wish, Book One in the Silver Bells series, will be available in October 2016. But you can read an excerpt now!