Author Interview & Book Giveaway: The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge by Christine Nolfi

Welcome to Author Christine Nolfi

Christine owned a small public relations firm in Ohio. She closed the firm sixteen years ago after she traveled to the Philippines and adopted four children. She has been writing novels full-time since 2004. Both her debut, Treasure Me, and her March 2012 release, The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge, continue to earn 4- and 5-star reviews on Amazon, GoodReads and other sites.


What is one book everyone should read?
The Old and New Testaments for a deeper understanding of symbols used in Western Literature. And Ancient Greek Mythology for the same reason.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Lox and bagels. If I’m deep into the writing of a novel, I crave grilled salmon and veggies for breakfast. Strange, yes, but healthy protein and carbs keep my creative juices flowing.

Night owl, or early bird?
Very early bird. I usually begin writing between 4 and 5 AM then break at noon to work out at the gym. In the afternoon, I edit the morning’s pages.

Pet Peeves?
All the thinly plotted and poorly edited novels flooding the Indie Market. Readers have no interest in wading through mud. They want to glide through compelling plots and beautifully written pages.

Skittles or M&Ms?
M&Ms with peanuts–of course!

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
You enjoy books by Jodi Picoult, Anne Patchett and John Irving and wish to discover another author of their caliber.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
The second book in the Liberty series, Second Chance Grill, will appear in late April. A darker, stand-alone novel set in Istanbul will appear in the autumn.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
The lovely fan mail and unexpected 5-star reviews from readers. I just found a review that went up less than 2 days after Tree went live on Amazon. The woman must’ve read the entire novel in one sitting. I’d send chocolate if I knew where she lived.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Congrats. Those pages you’ve written are called a draft. Now deepen the characters and the plot. And edit. Then edit more. And for the love of all that is holy, join a critique group with at least one published author at the table. Writing is a profession like any other. Learn the craft before putting your work before the public.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Uh…yeah. I’m in all of them.

Hidden talent?
Talent(s). Gourmet cooking and a green thumb. The green thumb bit gets out of control. I don’t own houseplants. I possess a jungle in the making.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
JK’s first novel after the Potter series. She’s a singular talent. I can’t wait to read whatever she dreams up next.

How do you react to a bad review?
I haven’t received one yet. Frankly, I’m stunned by all the glowing reviews for Treasure Me and The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge. I write contemporary fiction bordering on literary. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
I’d pay off my children’s college loans and buy each of them a decent car. At my age (53), protecting my kids means a lot more than the purchase of something for myself.

What do you do in your free time?
Walk the dog. Sit on the beach and daydream. Cook. Garden. Work out at the gym. Writing is intellectually demanding and time spent promoting one’s novels is exhausting. So I try to decompress when I’m not glued to my iMac or iPad.

Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.
It isn’t yet dawn in gorgeous Charleston, South Carolina. I head for the kitchen and grind coffee beans, dump in cinnamon, and start the percolator brewing. Then I climb the stairs to my office in the loft and fire up my iMac with the 27-inch screen. I chat with my cover art designer in the UK, where it’s 6 hours later, then scroll through social media sites answering mail while sipping that first cup of coffee. Then it’s off to the races until noon.

After I return from working out at the gym, I drag Barry from his office down the hall from mine. Together we walk our pooch, Nala, through some of the prettiest streets in the South. My youngest daughter arrives home from high school in the late afternoon; lately we eat something simple for dinner because Mom has gone AWOL in the kitchen.

At around 10 PM I climb into bed with The Economist magazine. I rarely read fiction at bedtime for the simple reason that I don’t wish to turn back on my analytical brain. I have enough trouble shutting down long enough to catch some sleep.

Favorite places to travel?
I’m rather partial to Hawaii’s palm trees and spas. Now that I’ve moved to a vacation paradise, I’ll have to seek out a new favorite vacation spot. Tuscany sounds nice.

Pizza or Pasta?
Both. I’m 1/2 Italian. Please don’t make me choose.

City or Country?
Both–which is why I moved to Charleston. City living with a country feel.

Facebook or Twitter?
Tough call. I’m addicted to both.

Do you prefer a bunch of small gifts or one big expensive one?
I’d prefer that anyone wishing to send a gift would instead send money to The Children’s Shelter of Cebu, where I adopted my 4 kids in 1996. The missionaries who run the shelter are saints walking the earth.

What is you favorite way to spend a rainy day?
Reading a can’t-put-it-down novel–the perfect pastime for a rainy day!

The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge

A savage rape on hallowed ground. Secrets buried for decades by the town’s most influential family.
Now Ourania D’Andre will learn the Great Oak’s secrets as construction begins at the Fagan mansion. She can’t afford to turn down a job that promises to stir up the long-buried guilt—and the passion—she shares with powerful Troy Fagan.
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?

Giveaway Details
1 paperback copy open to US only
1 ebook open Internationally
Ends 4/9/11

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