Interview with Christine Nolfi

Crimson Reviews is happy to be Spotlighting Author Christine Nolfi, Author of Treasure Me and The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge. Thank you for being with us today and giving us just a small insight into your writing. It’s our pleasure to host such a talented person.  

About the Author:
Some writers are gifted with an unusual life and I’m certainly one of those. I’ve lived across the U.S. and now live in South Carolina. In college I appeared on the front page of the Houston Post for a lark that erased all my debt. I met my four adopted children for the first time in the sweltering heat of the tropics. I helped build several companies and was lucky enough to earn a living doing what I love best—writing—in a PR firm I owned.
In 2004, I made the wisest and most irrational decision of my life—I began writing fiction full-time. My debut, Treasure Me, is a finalist in the 2012 Next Generation Awards and appears on The Midwest Book Review’s Bookwatch as, “A riveting read for those who enjoy adventure fiction, highly recommended.” My second contemporary fiction novel, The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge, is now entering contests and continues to earn 4- and 5-star reviews on GoodReads and Amazon. Look for my next release, Second Chance Grill, in July.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Early childhood, I guess. I wrote my first short story in elementary school. After college, I opened a small PR firm. I made the switch to full-time fiction writing in 2004.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I find writing bliss by creating both lighter novels, like Treasure Me and the other upcoming books in the Liberty series, and by also penning darker, more suspenseful novels like The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge. This is quirky in that I can’t help but swing from light to dark then back again.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That each novel germinates and grows in a singular way. One novel may appear in a logical, sequential fashion. The next book springs from my subconscious in a series of character vignettes. I’ve learned to trust the process each manuscript chooses to take.

Where did you get ideas for your books?
From living a full, rich life. I’ve traveled extensively, met a variety of “characters” throughout the years—frankly, I fear I won’t live long enough to pen all the novels rumbling around in my head.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’m about to publish my third novel, Second Chance Grill, and will follow soon after with the publication of two shorter romances. How many books have I written in total? I have no idea. Many of those manuscripts reside dusty and unloved in my file cabinet.

Which is your favorite?
Perhaps the novel I’ll return to in September—it’s contemporary fiction, set in Istanbul. The plot follows the journey of a professor trying to overcome a tragedy on a U.S. college campus she unknowingly set in motion. She shares the story with a teenage girl, newly orphaned by two revered scientists, who was raised in the Brazilian rain forest. The girl’s metaphysical take on life provides transformational healing for many of the characters in the book.

What do you think makes a good story?
Characters that resonate with the reader. Books that provide an emotional experience. Sparkling dialogue. Rich prose that flows through the reader like a symphony. A fast-paced plot is important too!

Can you give us a synopsis of you books available and where we can find them?
Treasure Me on Amazon:

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, freedwoman 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. She doesn’t know that an investigative reporter has arrived in town to 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 clue she unearths, Birdie discovers a family history more precious than gems, a tradition of love richer than she’d imagined.

The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge on Amazon:

A savage rape on hallowed ground. Secrets buried for decades by the town’s most powerful family. Now Ourania D’Andre will learn the Great Oak’s secrets as construction begins at the Fagan mansion. She’s already juggling the most important job of her career with her new responsibilities as a foster mother for young Walt and Emma Korchek. And there’s a hard, older man on the construction crew with eyes void of emotion—cold and killing. The secrets of his brutal past will pose a grave threat to the children in her care. Will she find the courage to face him?

Where can your readers connect with you?
I have several places in which can be contacted at my Author, Website,Twitter,Goodreads,Facebook Fan Page, and Google Plus. Also, if you need any information regarding my books you can Email me.


About Elizabeth Delana Rosa

Elizabeth Delana Rosa has always been a writer and reader. When she first learned letter and words in Kindergarten, she wrote about pigs who “groo” wings and became “butterfys.” Elizabeth knew way back then that she would have a love affair with books. They have overtaken her life and have been a constant companions. Now over 20 years later, that love flows over into writing blogs, reviews, poetry and fantasy novels. Her blog recently broke the 3000 followers mark.

Posted on July 7, 2012, in Interview. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Aurora, many thanks for featuring my books today.


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