Christine has been writing novels full-time since 2004 and she kindly took time out from her busy schedule to visit the Attic and chat about her novel Treasure Me. Christine has had an adventurous life; she owned a small public relations firm in Cleveland, Ohio but closed the firm after she travelled to the Philippines and adopted a sibling group of four children. Now a full time writer, she loves nothing more than hearing from readers and fans on Twitter so pop by and say hello! @christinenolfi
Q. Your novel is called Treasure Me and has an eye catching cover! Could you tell us what it is about?
‘Treasure Me’ follows Birdie Kaminsky as she 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. What she actually discovers has nothing to do with petty gain and everything to do with family, friendship and everlasting love. This is the first offering in the Liberty series—the books are feel-good, often humorous and sometimes poignant contemporary fiction. All of the art for my book covers, website and advertising are created by the fabulous Jan Marshall in the UK.
Q. What was the inspiration behind writing the book?
This is the only novel I’ve ever written that simply arose from my subconscious. I awoke one morning with a very amusing image of a beautiful young thief dangling from a window ledge as she tried to escape from the man whose pocket she’d picked. I wrote the first scene cackling my way through as my fingers flew across the keyboard.
Q. How would you describe your protagonist Birdie Kaminsky?
Birdie is like many of us: vulnerable behind an insolent façade, insecure, lonely even in a crowd. Through her relationship with the town of Liberty’s feisty matriarch, Theodora Hendricks, she discovers that a sense of belonging can reside in the most unlikely place.
Q. You have both Paperback and Ebook editions of Treasure Me. Do you read in print or digital?
Last autumn I bought an iPad and promptly became a fan of eReading. What bibliophile doesn’t love the idea of dragging around 100 books with ease? If a novel catches my fancy, I can download and begin reading within seconds. I also adore the idea of saving money while leaving the trees where they belong in the forest.
I awoke one morning with a very amusing image of a beautiful young thief dangling from a window ledge as she tried to escape from the man whose pocket she’d picked.
Q. How would you recommend your novel to potential new readers in one sentence?
Contemporary fiction with rich prose and deep characterization that will move you to both laughter and tears.
Q. You state you are ‘gifted with an unusual life’ would you say your life experiences have influenced your writing?
Absolutely. I’ve travelled extensively, helped build several companies and owned a PR firm. I met my four children on the steps of a shelter in the developing world and hobnobbed with Hollywood Royalty during my youth. Having known so many people—and having enjoyed such varied experiences—informs my fiction daily. If you ever wonder how I pack so many interesting characters into a book, well, there you have it.
Q. What is the most challenging part of the writing process from blank paper to finished paperback?
These days, the most challenging aspect has nothing to do with the actual writing—I’ve been writing professionally for decades. It’s social media. I’m old-fashioned, and despise the idea of automating responses. If a fan sends a tweet, email or a note on GoodReads, I want to respond. I’m delighted to respond. This silly desire to socialize has cut considerably into my writing time.
Q. What has been the highlight of your writing career so far?
There are several highlights: Receiving mail from readers who’ve enjoyed Treasure Me and Tree; Offering a helping hand to younger writers as they navigate the shoals of independent publishing; And recently Treasure Me was selected by USA Today as one of the best of the Indie novels and became a finalist in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Q. What do Christine Nolfi fans have to look forward to in the future?
My March 2012 release, The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge, continues to earn 4- and 5-star reviews. The next book in the Liberty series, Second Chance Grill, will arrive in July so stay tuned.
If you want to find out more about Christine you can visit her website at www.christinenolfi.com