August 20 – Christine Nolfi

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate romantic fiction! Come back every day to read the fun author Q&As – calendar here –  and each weekday in August, we’ll also have an author guest hosting the Romance of Reading FB page. Today Christine Nolfi is doing both the Q&A and the author takeover.

This year is significantly smaller in scale. If you’re interested, you can read about some of the reasons why here. It’s been a crazy year, and a complicated few months.

Happy August. Isn’t life better with #ATouchofRomance?! xo

2018 RARM Questions:


Why do you write books? 

There’s nothing more fascinating than imagining other people’s lives, their struggles and defeats, and their most astonishing successes. I adore stories about a hero and heroine drawn magnetically to each other no matter how hard they try to thwart the attraction. Toss in lots of roadblocks to a happily-ever-after, and you’ve created a page-turner.

In THE SEASON OF SILVER LININGS, Jada is unaware Philip has loved her for many years. The affection he hides will help to reveal troubling secrets Jada must confront once an eccentric history professor arrives at the Wayfair Inn and befriends her.


What do you consider to be the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

In my late thirties, I convinced my husband we should cash in our retirement savings and adopt a sibling group of four special needs children from a shelter in the Philippines. The marriage didn’t survive, leaving me to raise our adopted brood singlehandedly. Today the kids are happy, healthy adults. Despite the divorce, we’ve remained loving family—in fact, both my ex and I have remarried.


Tell us why you write romances or include strong romantic elements in your books?

Good storytelling must address the key issues we encounter in our lives. There is no issue more key than our desire to find a life mate, someone to love and cherish. Years after my marriage went up in flames—when I had made peace with the notion of spending the rest of my life alone—I fell madly, hopelessly back in love at fifty-one.

Discovering that romance isn’t confined to youth certainly factors into my decision to add romantic elements to my novels. I love writing stories about a hero and heroine drawn magnetically to each other no matter how hard they try to thwart the attraction.


Tell us about a romantic moment in your life. (Either romantic love, or romantic sensibility.

Three weeks after I met Barry on, he invited me to go on a cruise. I agreed because we’d already begun falling in love.

We spent the first night in Miami, and picked up food poisoning at a restaurant. We spent hours alone in our hotel room taking turns dashing to the bathroom. The experience should have been humiliating, but we couldn’t stop laughing. We were so comfortable with each other that there wasn’t room for embarrassment.

After we were both flung across the bed exhausted, Barry turned to me with his lopsided grin and proposed.


If you could tell your younger self anything (either as a writer or as a woman) what would it be?

Don’t fear the dark times; they will give you strength. I would also thank my younger self for always having the confidence to leap with the belief that the net will appear. Because it always has.


How do you handle the voices in your head competing for their story to be written? (Thanks Eileen!)

Before I begin writing in earnest, I “become” each main character through a simple process. I sit down and write their thoughts in first person, as if writing in a diary.

Once the book is underway, I allow the characters to take over my imagination—and my life.

If you could live for a month somewhere (either in the present or past) where (and when, if applicable) would it be? Why?

Seven years ago, I moved from northeast Ohio’s snow country to my dream destination: Charleston, South Carolina. Living in the subtropics in a city rich with history is heavenly. There’s nowhere I’d rather be.


What is (one of) the most remarkable/inspiring things that has happened to you as a reader or writer?

Receiving an out-of-the-blue invitation from an editor to pitch a series to Lake Union Publishing was certainly remarkable. The Sweet Lake Series is the end result.



The three books in the Sweet Lake series follow the lives of three women renovating a historic inn. THE SEASON OF SILVER LININGS tells the story of Jada Brooks and the secrets she can no longer keep when a stranger arrives at the inn, seeking the answers. This is the third book in the series and although I encourage readers to pick up SWEET LAKE (#1) and THE COMFORT OF SECRETS (#2), it isn’t necessary—all three stories are complete, with no cliffhangers.


Christine recommends:

I adore the fiction of Australian American journalist Geraldine Brooks. Her novel March, which depicts the absent father in the classic novel Little Women, won the Pulitzer in 2005. Year of Wonders, The Secret Chord and People of the Book are equally superb.

Geraldine Brooks    –   –   @Amazon


Award-winning author Christine Nolfi provides readers with heartwarming and inspiring fiction. Her debut Treasure Me is a Next Generation Indie Awards finalist. The Midwest Book Review lists the books in the Liberty Series as “highly recommended” and her novels have enjoyed bestseller status. Sweet Lake and The Comfort of Secrets are 2018 International Book Award finalists, Women’s Lit and Cross Genre respectively. The Season of Silver Linings is Christine’s latest release with Lake Union Publishing. Look for her next release in Spring, 2019.

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Authors on The Romance of Reading page:


1   –   Jeannie Moon           💜         2   –   Lenora Bell

3  –    Nancy Herkness       💜         6   –   Kimberli A. Bindschatel

7   –  Cathy Maxwell            💜         8   –   Amelia Grey

9  –  Liz Talley                     💜         10  –  Dylann Crush

13  –  Marilyn Brant             💜         14  –  Sharla Lovelace

15  –  Sally MacKenzie        💜         16  –  Regina Kyle

17  –  Mimi Milan                 💜          20  –  Christine Nolfi

21  –  Susie Orman Schnall  💜       22  –  Caroline Linden

23  –  Shirley Hailstock          💜         24  –   Talia Surova

27  –  Lisa Patton                    💜        28  –  Tracey Livesay

29  –  Danelle Harmon          💜        30  –  Minerva Spencer

*   31   –    Christina Lauren (modified guest host)