My guest this week is the fabulous author Linda Huber. Linda’s writing career began in the nineties, and since then she’s had eight psychological suspense novels published, plus a collection of short stories – The Saturday Secret and Other Stories, which you can find here. (You can read my review of that here.) Linda also writes feel-good fiction under the pen name, Melinda Huber.
She’s one of the most friendly, supportive and all-round lovely authors I know, and it’s a pleasure to welcome her to the blog today to talk about something I knew very little about – yarn bombing. If you’re as uncertain as I am, according to Wikipedia it’s “a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk. It is also called wool bombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting, or graffiti knitting.” So now you know! Welcome, Linda.
For the past thirty-odd years, my home has been here in Arbon, a small country town in N.E. Switzerland. We live on the banks of lovely Lake Constance, in a very international area – Austria and Germany border on the lake too.
This year and last, the ladies of the wool shop in our town and their friends have been busy, yarn-bombing the lakeside park. In 2019 we had a more general yarn-bombing; this year they’ve concentrated on trees.
There’s a double row of very positive horse chestnuts down at the harbour.
Round by the swimming pool, we have swimwear and accessories, so I’ve chosen my favourites.
This one’s by the castle – I think it might be a bride. A lot of people get married in the registry office in the castle or in the neighbouring church. (The castle’s the most romantic wedding venue ever, and I used it in Wedding Bells in Switzerland)
Another very pretty one by the castle. You can see part of the church/castle grounds in the background.
And here we are with multi-coloured hearts in the lake park, the church in the background.
This year, when we have to find suitably socially-distanced fun and preferably outside, the ‘Strickweg’ (knitting trail) is really coming into its own. I’ve lost count of the number of happy and enthusiastic ladies I’ve seen hiking round, some with slightly less enthusiastic husbands in tow. I guess it’s more of a girl thing, but the trail meanders past a couple of lakeside terrace restaurants too, so at least beer is available.
If you want to know more about the area, do come and visit! Hopefully, by next year we’ll be able to travel more easily. (And until then, my Melinda Huber novellas are set right here by our lovely lake – just sayin’!)
Stacy can’t believe her luck when her best friend Emily invites her on a holiday to Switzerland.
She arrives at the Lakeside Hotel with high hopes, but the problems begin straightaway. Emily’s recent injury doesn’t let her do much, and something is wrong at the hotel. Where are all the guests? Why is the owner’s son so bad-tempered? And then there’s the odd behaviour of Stacy’s fiancé, back home. It’s hard to enjoy the scenery with all this going on…
By the last day of the holiday, Stacy knows her life will never be the same again – but the end of the week is just the beginning of the Lakeside adventure.
A Lake in Switzerland is book one in a five-book series. You can find the entire series here.
About the author
Melinda Huber is the feel-good pen name of psychological suspense writer Linda Huber – she’s hiding in plain sight!
Linda grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, but went to work in Switzerland for a year aged twenty-two, and has lived there ever since. Her day jobs have included working as a physiotherapist in hospitals and schools for handicapped children, and teaching English in a medieval castle.
Her Lakeside Hotel novella series is set on the banks of Lake Constance, just minutes from her home in north-east Switzerland. She really appreciates having the views enjoyed by her characters right on her own doorstep!