Today we’re sitting down with one of Salem County’s finest, Noble Sinclair. He’s the 6’2”, blue eyed, golden boy who went from Class Flirt his senior year to a dual major in Agriculture and Finance at Rutgers University. He’s also a main character, along with Charlotte O’Brien and Jason Leer, in Eliza Freed’s The Lost Souls series.
Noble’s such an interesting name. What does it mean and why were you given it?
I’m pretty sure Noble means tortured by classmates, and my parents gave it to me to make my life difficult.
Forgive me for saying, but you look far from tortured.
It’s actually a family name that means noble. I’m the last stop—none of my children will be named Noble. Charlotte is the only person that still uses it. She’s disagreeable and stubborn, very stubborn. Even my parents call me Nick.
You come from a long line of farmers, and have taken over your family’s farm, what do you like most about the job? How does it define you?
I am the seventh generation of Sinclair farmers and I can’t imagine doing anything else. I considered other professions at Rutgers, but realized I want to spend the rest of my life outdoors. There are few other careers that would allow me to manage my own business, work outside, diversify my days, and climb into bed every night with a feeling of accomplishment.
I believe in our ability to nurture and grow.
What’s your strongest childhood memory?
When the plowing was done, just before the planting, my father would let us run through the fields. The soil was lined with hard grooves from the tire treads and we’d crush them with our bare feet. My sisters and I, and Jason Leer, would spend evenings running and playing, knowing once they were planted the fields were off limits. There are evenings when the warm breeze hits me and I can remember racing out there like it was yesterday.
It’s still my favorite stage of farming. That moment before everything begins again.
What’s in your refrigerator right now?
I have no idea.
Beer and eggs, probably. Check the date on anything you find in there. I’m quite a catch, huh?
How would you like to die?
I didn’t realize this was an inspirational interview. I haven’t thought much about it, but I want it to be peaceful. If I’m lucky I’ll have a great dinner, make love to a beautiful woman, and then pass on in my sleep.
Speaking of beautiful women, what quality are you most attracted to in Charlotte?
The list would be shorter if you asked what doesn’t turn me on about Charlotte. Let’s see. She’s beautiful of course, her smile and those long legs. There’s the spot on her neck right below her ear that always melts her and I can’t stay away. The softness of the underside of her breast…the feel of her legs tangled in mine under the sheets.
Her strength could move an army. It’s a quiet, unyielding power. Charlotte could take you out without ever raising her voice. She is the strongest person I’ve ever met.
But what I absolutely can’t live without, is the sound of her laughter.