Get to Know Christine Nolfi
One of the things I enjoy doing on the blog is occasionally introducing readers to new authors I think they'd enjoy. Today I'd like to welcome prolific talent Christine Nolfi, author of the bestselling, heartwarming intrigue mysteries, The Liberty Series. As a special treat for my readers, anyone who comments on this blog post will receive, totally free, the first book in her series, called Treasure Me! Giveaway ends WEDNESDAY 10/22/14!
In the interests of introducing readers to each of our books, she also interviewed me and I got to talk about experts and my upcoming series with Sophie Ang here .
I had an opportunity recently to chat with Christine about her passion for writing, our common interest in having strong female protagonists in our novels, and the joy of living and writing in a beautiful part of our country
Toby: When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
Christine: I can’t recall a time when I wasn’t reading and writing—even in childhood. I wrote my first novel in college. The manuscript sits dusty and unloved in my filing cabinet.
Toby: You live in the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina; how does your surroundings influence your writing?
Christine: Charleston is rich in history and utterly beautiful, elements that I’ll celebrate in the new book series I’m developing. I can’t get over the sunlight—it seems clearer somehow than the light in northern climes.
Toby: Your stories have engaging female characters; some with kick-ass strength or clever minds. Do you think it’s important to have strong female protagonists in your books?
Christine: Is there anything more delicious than reading about women who spout comments you wouldn’t dare utter and leap without looking? We all crave excitement, and I can’t imagine writing a novel without strong female characters. If the protagonist also makes the reader laugh—and cry—all the better
Toby: You’re the author of the bestselling Liberty Series which involves intriguing and at times heartwarming stories. How do you go about the research for your stories?
Christine: This far into The Liberty Series, I’ve learned to expect the subsequent book’s plot to take shape during the writing of each manuscript. By the midway point of Four Wishes, I’d already begun to develop amusing and poignant plot twists for book five. As I map out the chapters for the next book, I “interview” major characters in the first person. This is rather like writing diary entries for a given character in his or her voice. The process unearths delicious nuggets in the form of dialogue or complete scenes. Of course, the feisty Theodora Hendricks is usually the first character I interview!
Toby: We both recently released the latest book in our series. Now that you have released Four Wishes, book 4 in The Liberty Series, what’s up next for you?
Christine: If readers are wondering about the next installment in The Liberty Series, I’ll release book five in April, 2015. The story picks up right after the closing scenes in Four Wishes with a shocking twist! But before then, I’m taking readers on a rollercoaster ride in HeavenScribe, a new series set in Charleston. HeavenScribe is more mainstream than the Liberty books and features metaphysical elements.
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Don't forget to add a comment, and we'll email you a copy of Treasure Me, the first book in Christine's Liberty Series! Comment by Wednesday 10/22/14.
Thanks for the post, Toby. It was great chatting with you!
So happy to share your work with my readers, they’re going to love your books!
Thanks Toby! After Hawaii, the south is my favorite setting for a novel. Can’t wait to read Christine’s book.
Yay, we’ll send you one after Wed. 22nd! aloha!
Thanks Toby for introducing new (to us) writers. Can’t wait to read this series by Christine Nolfi.
You’re gonna love Treasure Me! We’ll send after Wed. 22nd to your email address.
Thanks for posting this enterview with Christine Nolfi.. Her books sound very interesting, can’t wait to read the first book in this series!!
I hope you love it. Will send after 22nd.
Thanks for introducing a new writer Toby! And especially one from the Carolinas!
How fun for you to find another author in the south!
TY! Toby! I love being introduced to new authors! Look forward to reading this one!
Terrific Heidi, I think you’ll love her books. We’ll send you copy after 22nd!
Sounds very interesting. I’m always looking for new authors and with South Carolina as a setting that amps up the curiosity.
Always glad to see authors supporting one another.
Yeah we’re into that whole sharing and boosting kinda thing! <3 I call it the aloha spirit.
Wow ,hot my interest. Can’t wait to read the new book. Thanks for sharing this little intro. Thanks to Debbie Lenney-Nolfi. for the post.
I love the idea of interviewing characters in order to get to know them better when writing. I’m tucking that away in my writing toolbox. Can’t wait to sink my teeth into Christine’s Liberty series. Thank you for sharing it with all of us!
Isn’t that great? And I’ve never tried it. Learned something new from Christine!
What a great opportunity to read another super
author! Thanks to both of you…
Thank you for introducing us to a new (for me anyway!) author. What a great way to help each other out!
Thanks for doing this interview. It’s a great way to find new talent.
When we think our audiences will enjoy each other’s work it’s a joy!
Thanks for pointing me into a new direction. It’s always great to find a new series.
Yeah I can never have too many!
Sounds like a series I would enjoy! Thanks, Toby!
Will send Wednesday!
Wow. Love all the comments coming in. Thanks, everyone!
Oh Christine, I am so delighted to have found Toby’s website today through #MondayBlogs. I haven’t been to this site before, but I was delighted with the interview and I have to tell you Charleston is one of my favorite cities in the U.S.! I look forward to learning more about your books and am delighted at the opportunity to share the journey! I am surrounded by pictures of my travels as I write and it does make a difference in the quality of inspiration daily!
Thank you for this introduction and for the chance to try the Liberty series for free, it sounds very intriguing. (also, I can’t wait for the Sophie Ang series). 🙂
I think you’ll enjoy both! 🙂
Ohhhhhh, thank you for the gift! I love trying new authors via a free book! It is how I found your wonderful series.
Thanks for letting me know! aloha!
I’d love to read Christine’s books! Thanks for introducing her.
You got it!
I LOVE having authors recommended. It’s always a gift to “meet” an author that might have stayed hidden from my radar too long!
I hope you love Treasure Me like I did!
I love your newsletters and all the great information on them. I would love to get a copy of Christine Nolfi’s book and that would be because not only did I read on Amazon what the story is about and it sounds very interesting but also because I have every book you’ve written and I just can’t get enough. I know that if you think highly of this writer’s work I will too. Am also looking forward to your new upcoming Sophie Ang series. It can’t get here soon enough!
How wonderful to hear from you Ana, you know we writers live for words of praise like that! Yes I’m hard at work on both Rip Tides, Lei Crime #9, and Wired In, Wired Crime #1 with Sophie Ang. So much fun!
Toby, since I love your Lei series, I just know your recommendation of this author and series will be the start of another great adventure. Thanks for sharing!
Looking up this book on Amazon, I notice it has a character called Birdie in it. Which made me think about one of the Sherlock Holmes stories (I think it was one of the four novels, rather than the scores of short stories) which had a character – a brilliant American detective – called Birdie Edwards in it – so named because of his beautiful singing voice. Don’t know if there’s any relation with this character though :-).
Love and Peace
Thanks for sharing. Love the South and novels about it. Know I will enjoy reading the series.
Yes you will!
I just came across this through seeing some posts on the CSC Facebook page. We adopted our children from there 2 years ago. I’m interested in reading your book. Congrats on your success.
I enjoyed meeting Christine and look forward to getting to know her writing. Like both of you I enjoy strong female protagonists.
Toby, I just finished reading “Fire Beach.” As usual I stayed up way too late reading and wAs sad to finish the book too soon! I love your companion books, too. Thanks so much for many enjoyable hours of reading.
Terrific, even if you stayed up I hope it was fun!
Are you on GoodReads?
I’ll reply and tell you YES SHE IS! search by name, she has many friends and fans. Aloha and hope you enjoy your book, we’ll be sending them out soon.