Treasure Me by Christine Nolfi – Interview

Welcome back to Author Christine Nolfi

Some writers are gifted with an unusual life and I’m certainly one of those. I’ve lived in Ohio, Virginia, California, Utah and now South Carolina. In college I was featured 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. All those years of hard work pay off daily in sweet notes and comments from readers. Please continue the mail and the tweets. I cherish your support and love chatting with readers.

Links:
Website: http://www.christinenolfi.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christinenolfi
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/christinenolfi
Blog: http://christinenolfibooks.blogspot.com/

Interview
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
The future. I adopted my children from the Philippines and am sweetly aware of how one good choice can alter lives. Besides, who wouldn’t want to glimpse their great- or great-great grandchildren?
If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose? 
Jesus, Buddha, Moses, Oprah and Bill Gates. Bill probably wouldn’t attend unless Melinda was invited.
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you? 
The complete works of Shakespeare, the Bible and enough protein drinks to last until a passing ship spotted a marooned writer.
What is one book everyone should read? 
The Bible for all the obvious reasons, if you’re so inclined. But also for an understanding of how theology—like mythology—influences literature.
If you were a superhero what would your name be? 
Honor. Feel free to draw your own conclusion.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose? 
The ability to raise human consciousness above the level of ignorance, avarice and hate.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? 
Häagen-Dazs Rum Raisin. I hide it in the back of the freezer because I don’t like to share.
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose? 
It would be a joy to meet Gandhi. But I’d take care not to tell him that relations between India and Pakistan are still troubling.
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? 
Cereal topped with fresh fruit. Pass the strawberries, please.
Night owl, or early bird? 
Early bird. On a perfect day, I begin writing by 5 A.M. and head to the gym by noon.
One food you would never eat? 
Only one? I’ll never eat snake or octopus. Add either to my sushi and I’m leaving the party.
Pet Peeves? 
People who rattle off problems but never suggest a solution. People who are rude to waiters or salespeople but have never hauled a platter of dishes or stood on a marble floor in heels while working the jewelry department. I’m a white gloves and party manners girl. I still try to reply to every reader kind enough to look me up on Twitter.
Skittles or M&Ms? 
M&Ms with peanuts.

Treasure Me by Chritine Nolfi

Finalist, 2012 Next Generation Indie Awards
“Highly recommended” by The Midwest Book Review

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. 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.

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