Saturday, May 14, 2011

Get to Know Author Christine Nolfi


Let's give a warm welcome to Christine Nolfi, author of Treasure Me. Please check out her website, and let me know what you think of it when you are done.


1. Please tell readers about your current book.
Treasure Me, the first book in the Liberty series, is a blend of comedy, romance and mystery. Petty thief Birdie Kaminsky arrives in Liberty, Ohio to steal a treasure hidden since the Civil War. She’s in possession of a charming clue passed down in her family for generations: Liberty safeguards the cherished heart.
The beautiful thief wants to go straight. She secretly admires the clue’s author, freed woman Justice Postell, who rose above the horrors of slavery to build a new life in Ohio. As Birdie searches for the treasure, she begins to believe a questionable part of the story: a tale of love between Justice and Lucas Postell, the French plantation owner who was Birdie’s ancestor.
If the stories are true, Justice bore a child with Lucas. Some of those black relatives might still live in town. Birdie can’t help but wonder if she’s found one—Liberty’s feisty matriarch, Theodora Hendricks, who packs a pistol and heartwarming stories about Justice. Birdie doesn’t know that an investigative reporter who has arrived in town will trip her up—as will her conscience when she begins to wonder if it’s possible to start a new life with stolen riches. Yet with each new clue she unearths, she discovers a family history more precious than gems, a tradition of love richer than she imagined.


2. Who or what inspires your writing?
The possibility of making a positive impact on a reader’s life. Of touching someone deeply, just as I’ve been moved by compelling novels.


3. When did you know you would be a writer?
Honestly, I can’t recall a time when I didn’t write. Poems. Short stories. Later, novels. After college, I owned a small public relations firm. But I was always moving toward the day when I’d write fiction.
Like all writers, I began with an insatiable hunger for books. When I was a child, I used to wander through libraries drawing my fingertips across the spines of books. I felt like I was touching other souls, reaching into other lives I would only know through their words.


4. How long did it take you to write your first novel?
Two years. I was in college, and wrote feverishly on a typewriter. And rewrote the six hundred pages, over and over. The novel is still hiding in my basement, dusty and unloved.


5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Turning off my internal editor. I never feel the prose is good enough. This tendency spills over into my overall love of literature: I read most books with a red pen at the ready. Undoubtedly the habit is derived from my past life writing promotional material and press releases for Ohio companies.


6. Do you have any writing rituals?
Absolutely. Creating a compelling novel requires mind-body balance. I start writing early in the morning then knock off around lunchtime to head to the gym. After I work out for an hour, I return home to edit the morning’s pages. And I eat well—lots of fruits and veggies, thank you very much.
I’m the mother of four adopted children, all now young adults, and my mothering instinct is strong. Given that, I find it very disheartening when attending writing conferences and finding so many of my compatriots overweight and appearing unhealthy. They deserve better. I want to take them aside, one by one, and say, “God gave you this marvelous gift. You can’t fully honor your creativity unless you honor yourself as well.” Of course the demands of the publishing life make any sort of balance difficult to maintain.


7. Have you written anything else?
In the last eight years, I’ve written five novels. Second Chance Grill, another book in the Liberty series, will appear on Amazon in June. The remaining three are stand-alone novels. They’ll be released on Amazon in late summer and into early autumn.


8. Any advice to aspiring writers?
Find a specific time of day to write, even if only for a few minutes. Join a critique group to improve your skills. Don’t diminish your well-being by pulling all-nighters pounding out fiction. This isn’t a college exam. Producing your best work comes with time, reading often and well, and having the courage to put emotion on paper.


9. Who is your favorite author?
Geraldine Brooks, Sue Monk Kidd, Ann Patchett, Fannie Flagg, Sarah Gruen—so many talented authors come to mind. When I complete a novel, I must—absolutely must—take a month or two off simply to catch up on my reading. There’s nothing as delicious as starting a new book and thinking, “Oh, this is wonderful. How will I ever put this down tonight?”


10. What is your favorite book?
The Bible. I try to read a passage from the Old or New Testament every night.


11. What are you currently reading?
Sadly, nothing at the moment other than my own books. I’m doing a final polish of Second Chance Grill while fleshing out the first draft of a novel set in Istanbul. The Istanbul novel is a departure from the comedic writing I’ve been doing of late.


12. How do readers find out more about you?
I’d be delighted if they’d visit my blog: http://christinenolfibooks.blogspot.com

About the Author:
Christine owned a small public relations firm in Cleveland, Ohio. Her articles and press releases have appeared regionally in northeast Ohio. Her short story, Night Hour, appeared in Working Mother magazine.
Christine closed the firm fifteen years ago after she traveled to the Philippines and adopted a sibling group of four children. She has been writing novels full-time since 2004. Treasure Me is the first book of the Liberty, Ohio series.
The second book in the Liberty series, Second Chance Grill, will be released June, 2011.

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Petty thief Birdie Kaminsky has arrived in Liberty, Ohio to steal a treasure hidden since the Civil War. She’s in possession of a charming clue passed down in her family for generations: Liberty safeguards the cherished heart.
The beautiful thief wants to go straight. She secretly admires the clue’s author, freed woman Justice Postell, who rose above the horrors of slavery to build a new life in Ohio. According to family lore, Justice left South Carolina at the dawn of the Civil War. Heavy with child, she carried untold riches on her journey north. As Birdie searches for the treasure, she begins to believe a questionable part of the story: a tale of love between Justice and Lucas Postell, the French plantation owner who was Birdie’s ancestor.
If the stories are true, Justice bore a child with Lucas. Some of those black relatives might still live in town. Birdie can’t help but wonder if she’s found one—Liberty’s feisty matriarch, Theodora Hendricks, who packs a pistol and heartwarming stories about Justice. Birdie doesn’t know that an investigative reporter who has arrived in town will trip her up—as will her conscience when she begins to wonder if it’s possible to start a new life with stolen riches. Yet with each new clue she unearths, Birdie begins to discover a family history more precious than gems, a tradition of love richer than she could imagine.

Kindle Edition: 430 KB
Publisher: Christine Nolfi
ASIN: B004XMOP9I
Purchase at Amazon

Second Book in the Liberty series, comes out June 2011.

6 comments:

  1. Fabulous interview. I'll check out her books!

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  2. Freda, thank you for hosting me on your blog.

    Mama Zen: thanks for checking out the post.

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  3. This sounds like an interesting book, I'll have to take a closer look.

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  4. Thanks, SquirrelQueen. Please do!

    And I can't help but wonder ... what is a squirrel queen? Amusing!

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  5. Hi Christine, the name is partly from a character in the Redwall book series and also a nickname from my husband. One of my blogs features lots of squirrel photos. :)

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  6. SquirrelQueen: Your nickname? I love it!

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