There’s nothing I love more than sitting down to read another of Nike Chillemi’s chapters on our critique loop. So I was more than happy to help her out with this blog hop.
Nike Chillemi has been called a crime fictionista due to her passion for crime fiction. She writes literature that reads like pulp fiction. She likes her bad guys really bad, and her good guys smarter and better. She is the founder and chair of the Grace Awards, a member of ACFW. She has judged numerous literary awards including the Grace Awards, Carol Awards, Inspy Awards, and the Eric Hoffer Awards.
So tell me, how could I say no? If I did, she might write me into one of her stories and find a really creative way to murder me, or worse yet, delete my character completely.
Here is an official transcript of Nike’s interrogation of me:
What am I working on?
Carlotta’s Legacy, Book 2 in The Legacy Series, for Write Integrity Press. The first book, Amelia’s Legacy, is due out later this year. Amelia’s Legacy is a 1920’s historical that follows the life of Nancy Sanderson, the heiress of a vast fortune built by her grandmother, Amelia Woods-Sanderson. Her best friend is Rebecca Lewis, the main character in Book 2, which takes place in 1930’s Italy. After the death of her father and her family’s financial crisis, Rebecca decides to marry an Italian count. Marrying him will secure her and her mother’s future, but will it bring her the love she’s always desired? Well, it doesn’t hurt that Riccardo Alvera is stunningly handsome and owns a couple of villas…
How does my work differ from others?
I suppose the only real difference is my voice. Most of my stories are not outright Christian. My characters are flawed, but they have good roots. Redemption happens when you return to the things that are most important in life.
Why do I write what I write?
To entertain. To inspire. To give hope to those who need it. I want my characters’ story to inspire hope in the heart of the reader. But most of all, I want my readers to enjoy the read, because that’s what I want most from the books I read for pleasure.
How does my writing process work?
I’m a big fan of Scrivener. I put together an idea, assemble some characters, decide on a location and an era then build on my idea. I usually write chapter-by-chapter and work a few chapters ahead of my critiquers. When the critiques are all in, I go back and edit the earlier chapters.
So when I had answered all her questions, Nike demanded to know the names of my co-conspirators. I held out as long as I could, but in the end, blabbed it all. In my defense, she came at me with a raccoon. Yeah, you read that right. A raccoon. It was incredibly cute.
She is a two-time finalist in ACFW’s Genesis Contest (in 2008 for Give the Lady a Ride, and in 2010 for The Cat Lady’s Secret) and a finalist for the 2012 Carol Award (for Give the Lady a Ride). She is a member of Women’s Fiction Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and The Christian PEN, a professional editors organization.
Ann H. Gabhart caught the writing bug at the age of ten and has been writing ever since. She’s published over twenty-five books for both adults and young adults. Scent of Lilacs, her first inspirational novel, was chosen as a Top Ten Books in Christian Fiction by Booklist magazine. Her first Shaker book, The Outsider, was a finalist for ECPA Christian Fiction Book of the Year and was a Top Pick by Romantic Times Book Review Magazine.
Ann lives on a farm in Kentucky not far from where she was born. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. Ann loves hiking on her farm with her grandkids and her dog, Oscar.
You can find out more about Ann at annhgabhart.com.
Victoria Bylin is a romance writer known for her realistic and relatable characters. Her books have finaled in multiple contests, including the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and RT Magazine’s Reviewers Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky, where their family and their crazy Jack Russell terrier keep them on the go.
In exchange for surrendering all my informants, I have been granted leniency. But I have to do penance by publicizing this on Facebook and Twitter. Please help me out and share liberally!