Hello everyone and welcome to this first post of featuring two wonderfully talented authors! This week we will be chatting with & getting to know Nike Chillemi and Barbara Robinson.
Welcome, Nike and Barbara! I am so thrilled and happy that you both are visiting this week, thank you both so much!!
These two wonderful authors and fab women have agreed to visit here throughout this week, talking about their writngs, lives, future plans and anything else we might venture upon as we get to know them better. My thanks to them for being blog pioneers!
Let’s start alphabetically with Nike and some fun questions with her about her life, her perspective and her writing.
Nike, thank you so much for visiting! I have a few questions.
1. What prompted you to write your most recent book?
I wanted to continue the series in a way that the community in the fictitiousvillageofSanctuaryPoint flows from one novel to the next. Katrina Lenart and Detective Ian Daltry were secondary characters in my first novel and I thought they’d be perfect for each other in the second novel. And so, GOODBYE NOEL was born.
2. Tell us please about the hero, the heroine and the conflict.
Ah, the conflict. Well, that’s just it. I knew the sparks would fly if I put Katrina and Ian together. First of all, she’s accepted she’s going to be a career girl and not get married, so she’s not that comfortable with what she’s feeling toward him. He’s a widower with a four year old daughter and he’s a bit older than Katrina. He thinks he’s practically gone bonkers with the attraction he’s having toward such a lively young woman. So, it’s a set up where they’re going to be attracted and fight it. Then the village police chief gives Ian an order to carry out that riles Katrina, and she’s got quite a temper.
3. Favorite line from the book?
Chapter 5, scene 1: Katrina wanted to throw Detective Daltry into a snow bank.
4. Congratulations! You have many books to your credit. What are your current plans?
I just turned in the completed manuscript for book number three to Gail (editor in chief at Desert Breeze), PERILOUS SHADOWS. Of course, there’s still more to do on it. I’ve got to go through the editing process, and a cover has to be created. I’m very excited about it. I’ll give you a taste of what it’s about…
Pioneer newspaperwoman Kiera Devane is on a mission to prove a woman can do a man’s job, as she hunts a young coed’s killer? Ace radio broadcaster Argus Nye lost one love to a murderous fiend and his heart aches as he tries to protect Kiera from herself as much as from this killer.
4. Give us an idea of what a typical day is like for you.
I get up, throw on a pair of baggy sweats or knit pants and drive my 14 year old daughter to school. Then I come home and our malti-poo Sophie is waiting to be walked. When that’s done I make a cup of tea and kiss hubby goodbye as he rushes off to work. I try to select a Bible verse and have time for personal worship. I wish I could say I’m always faithful in that, but I’m getting better at it. My church sends out daily Bible readings and a short lesson via email and I’ve signed up for them. After that I start checking writing related email, send a chapter to my critique group so they can write with red ink all over it. See if anyone has sent me a chapter of their work to critique. And of course there’s marketing, marketing, marketing for GOODBYE NOEL. It seems the marketing never stops. LOL
5. What’s your current writing space like and what does your dream space look like?
My current writing space is a small computer desk shoved into the corner of a room. It’s cramped. I’d love to have an office in a beach house in Florida (when we retire). I’d like to step out of my office’s French doors and onto a wide veranda where I’d sit in a comfy chair each morning, drink my tea, and listen to the rumble of the surf. Then I could invite Barbara over and she might bring her wonderful strawberry shortcake. Yum.
6. Other than writing, what are some fun things you love to do?
I was a foodie for years. And I still love to cook. But my husband and I are approaching a time when we might be considered to be more, ah, hem, seasoned. We don’t have much in the way of major health issues and we’d like to keep it that way. I’ve changed the way I cook. I’ve started increasing the number of food items that God has made…more natural and organic ingredients. I also try to cook low fat. I think of food more as fuel, but being a former foodie…and also always short of time…it has to be feasting on fast, frugal fuel. I also shop for bargains.
Thank you, Nike!
COMING UP TOMORROW: AN EXCERPT FROM NIKE!
WEDNESDAY: A VISIT WITH BARBARA!
THURSDAY: BARBARA’S EXCERPT!
FRIDAY: Cross-Questioning from the Authors and Reader’s Questions!