Christine Nolfi is on fire...plus a book giveaway
Other works include The Road She Left Behind, a top book club pick by Working Mother and Parade magazines, and the award-winning Sweet Lake Series: Sweet Lake, The Comfort of Secrets, and The Season of Silver Linings.
A native of Ohio, Christine now resides in South Carolina with her husband and their crazy wheaten terrier, Lucy.
Vale Lightner’s dreams turn to ash when the Pittsburgh bar she owns goes up in flames. Just like the past she escaped, very little seems salvageable. Facing unavoidable change, Vale returns to her hometown of Philadelphia to stay with her grandmother.
She knows that returning also means facing everything she left behind: a mother and stepfather who shunted her into the background from the day they married, and her charmed and favored half sister, Blythe, who has abandoned a perfect marriage and is now at a crossroads of her own. Everyone has their secrets, and this reunited family racked by them is about to reach a crisis point.
For a mother and her two daughters, this reunion is a chance for closure, newfound love, and forgiveness. As each of them reassesses her own memories of the past, only the truth can bring them together—in ways that could last forever. From the bestselling author of The Passing Storm comes a poignant novel about family secrets, healing, and the hope of second chances. (Courtesy of Amazon.)
Strive to create an immersive reading experience. Put the reader deep enough beneath a character’s skin, and it becomes virtually impossible to put the book aside until reaching the satisfying conclusion. Laughter, tears, pity, sadness, and ultimately joy—if the reader doesn’t experience the gamut of emotions, why pick up a novel in the first place?
On a related note, I’ve learned to trust my publisher’s editorial team. Without fail, they’ll find ways to deepen the emotion throughout the story. I value their suggestions.
We’re similar in that we’ve both played the role of black sheep in our respective families, although for different reasons. We’re dissimilar in that I’m decades older and have let go of the past hurts that linger in many families. A Brighter Flame is a story about discovering family secrets, but it’s also a portrayal of how one young woman learns to believe in herself. If I could meet Vale in the real world, I’d give her a big hug for getting through the hard times and coming out the other side a better person.
Sue Monk Kidd, Geraldine Brooks, Min Jin Lee to name a few. There are so many authors who inspire me to craft books that will linger in the reader’s heart long after the last page is turned.
The Crown on Netflix. I’ve always admired Queen Elizabeth’s dignity and grace. Her recent death was the end of a brilliant, admirable life.
I’ve reimagined the traditional Chex snack mix with more protein and less carbs. It’s really yummy and keeps for weeks in an airtight container. Hubby and our adult kids love it. If readers would like a copy of the recipe, they can contact me at christine (at) christinenolfi (dot) com.
In early September I traveled to northeast Ohio. The trip was part pleasure, part research. My sister-in-law hosted a large double baby shower for two of my daughters: Marlie is expecting in October and Christian in November. In between celebrating, I also conducted research on foster care protocols during the 1980s for my current WIP.
Thanks to Christine for chatting with us and to BookSparks for sharing her book with our readers.
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