3 Questions Wednesday with Nike Chillemi

Nike Chillemi 2017

Nike Chillemi

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday, Nike Chillemi.

I met Nike Chillemi several years ago, through an ACFW critique loop. Since that time, I’ve been privileged to work with her on some of her latest releases. So, I’m excited to have Nike here today. She writes mysteries and romantic suspense. Check out her bio (below) for more about her writing life and why she’s called the “crime fictionista.” You can leave a comment for a chance to win Harmful Intent, the first book in her latest suspense-filled series. She recently released Blood Speaks, the third and final book in the trilogy. But I’ve heard a rumor, we haven’t heard the last of Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels and Dawson Hughes!

Nike, I have to ask (because it’s our first question):

What inspires you?

Nike:  Good question, and I have to think about this. I actually got up and walked away from my laptop to make a cup of tea. I guess I felt I was supposed to come up with something pithy and significant. I mean, I fashion myself a fairly deep writer. Buried within my action-packed detective stories are hopefully “meaningful” subthemes. But the truth is little, many times off-hand things inspire both my novel and blog writing. Several years ago I was totally taken by a pair of cardinals who were flying north for the summer and how they related to each other for the two days they came to my backyard. I’ve put a red cardinal and his mate in two of my novels as a symbol of love between spouses.

I love that. I’m a big fan of cardinals, and where I live, you have to be careful where you say that (really big basketball rivalry in Kentucky). We have a couple of the birds living in our backyard. Of course, in our mild climate, they don’t go anywhere for the winter, so we have them throughout the year. They seem very dedicated to each other. Funny how the simple things in life touch us so deeply at times.

Hey…

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Nike:  Right away I thought “purple” and I don’t know why. I don’t wear purple, there isn’t any purple in the décor of my home, to speak of. I guess it would be the deep amethyst purple. I do have a couple of earrings in that deep amethyst. In fact the first “good” pair of earrings I ever got were from my mom and they were small amethyst studs set in gold.

I’m not surprised by your choice. Lovers of the color purple tend to be unconventional, unique, different…umm…sound familiar? Purple is also dignified and royal.

I love this last question and can’t wait to hear how you’ll answer–

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Nike: I wanted to be Barbara Walters. I thought she had the most fascinating job, and of course she did. Today, interviewing famous people doesn’t interest me. I sometimes think I’d like to be a producer/interviewer for a cable TV station and go around to different towns and small cities in America and ask folks on the street, who is the most interesting, most respected, and/or most loved person in this town? Then I’d walk into that fascinating person’s hair salon, or restaurant, or catch them as they deliver the mail and interview them about their life in that place. My readers tell me that Bertha is the most loved character in my Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels/Dawson Hughes detective series. And of course she’s a very strong secondary character in the final book of the series, BLOOD SPEAKS.

Barbara Walters! She did have a fascinating job. I think your idea is a good one, though. Sounds like fun–catching someone unaware, in everyday moments of life, then letting your reader see the real person. Bertha is a fine example of a strong secondary character. She’s real, and lovable. The good neighbor or best friend we all desire.  

Thanks Nike, for taking the time to answer our 3 Questions.


Nike Chillemi 2017 Like so many writers, Nike Chillemi started at a very young age. Her first major work was a Crayola, fully illustrated book she penned as a little girl (colored might be more accurate) about her then off-the-chart love of horses. Today, you might call her a crime fictionista. Her passion is crime fiction. She likes her bad guys really bad and her good guys smarter and better.

Nike is the founding board member of the Grace Awards and is its Chair, a reader’s choice awards for excellence in Christian fiction. She has been a judge in the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Carol Awards in the suspense, mystery, and romantic suspense categories; and an Inspy Awards 2010 judge in the Suspense/Thriller/Mystery category. Her four novel Sanctuary Point series (out of print), set in the mid-1940s has finaled, won an award, and garnered critical acclaim. The first novel in the Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels/Dawson Hughes series HARMRUL INTENT won in the Grace Awards 2014 Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller/Historical Suspense category. She has written book reviews for The Christian Pulse online magazine. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and John 3:16 Marketing Network.

Nike’s website:  http://nikechillemi.wordpress.com/

Readers, Nike is giving away a copy of Harmful Intent, the first book in the Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels/Dawson Hughes series. Just leave a comment in the comments section below to be entered to win the Kindle version of the book.

Here’s more information about the book:

harmful-intentBetrayal runs in private investigator Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels’ family. So, why is she surprised when her husband of one year cheats on her? The real shock is his murder, with the local lawman pegging her as the prime suspect.

Ronnie Ingels is a Brooklyn bred private investigator who travels to west Texas, where her cheating husband is murdered. As she hunts the killer to clear her name, she becomes the hunted.

Deputy Sergeant Dawson Hughes, a former Army Ranger, is a man folks want on their side. Only he’s not so sure at first, he’s on the meddling New York PI’s side. As the evidence points away from her, he realizes the more she butts in, the more danger she attracts to herself.

Sweet, askance romance, warm intimacy, sophisticated themes presented tastefully.

Her latest release is Blood Speaks, Book 3 in the The Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels/Dawson Hughes Trilogy

blood-speaks-coverVeronica “Ronnie” Ingels, Brooklyn gal PI, waited a long time for the solitaire on her finger. When her sometimes boss, a shadowy figure and director of a secret government organization, offers a one-week bridal shopping vacay in Virginia, she jumps at it.

Joined by bridesmaids, Sandra Daube and Bertha Dagney, Ronnie sets off for the village of Heritage Cove on Arrowhead Lake, Virginia. Their joyous stay at the rustic yet luxury Heritage Cove Inn is shattered by a murder with tendrils and a clandestine motive stretching back to the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

It doesn’t take long for Ronnie and her gal-pals to become targets of the killer. It goes without saying, Taylor County Deputy Sheriff, Lieutenant Dawson Hughes leaves Texas to protect his bride-to-be. He’s joined by Sandra’s employer, conservative political activist Ben Cohen. Neither hell-nor-high-water can keep Gabby Hayes look-alike Hoot Dagney from the side of Bertha, his new bride.

 

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3 Questions Wednesday with Jennifer Slattery

biophotocroppededited2016Welcome back to 3 Questions Wednesday,  author and speaker, Jennifer Slattery. Jennifer and I have been friends for a while and we try to meet at conferences when we get a chance. I love all her books and I know you’ll love them also…

First question, my friend:

What inspires you?

Jennifer: I’d have to say Jesus Christ as I seem to get a great deal of writing ideas and feel a strong pull to write on Sundays. This makes me chuckle as I always take Sunday off—except for one time when something urgent came through I needed to deal with as an editor. I suppose I could also say down time inspires me, too, as that might be a reason my creativity gets charged on Sundays.

I also tend to get ideas as I research. So, I’ll start with an idea, and honestly, I’m not sure what sparks it, and then I begin to research. The more I research, the more my imagination flows, which in turn requires more research, with leads to more ideas, which leads to …

Kind of a never-ending cycle. Great answer. Now…

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Jennifer: Oh, my. This is hard. I’m trying to think of my wardrobe. Right now I seem to be in a dusty pink or blush phase, though I suppose those aren’t new additions. Honestly, I can’t think of a color that hasn’t already been included in the large packs. Maybe your readers can help me out on this one. Haha!

Dusty pink sounds like a good color for you. 🙂 Last question:

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Jennifer: This might make you laugh, but an Olympic gymnast. I was convinced if I worked hard enough, I could make that happen. (And I wasn’t even that good, so I suppose that says a lot about my imagination and ability to live in a make-believe world. Haha!) After that—this dream died by seventh grade or so—I don’t really remember having any dreams. Except maybe meeting Bon Jovi or George Michael. Yes, I had a slight infatuation with both.

I could picture you as a gymnast. Thanks for stopping by!

Here’s more information about her latest book:


Restoring Love

Mitch, a contractor and house-flipper, is restoring a beautiful restoringlove_n174111old house in an idyllic Midwestern neighborhood. Angela, a woman filled with regrets and recently transplanted to his area, is anything but idyllic. She’s almost his worst nightmare, and she s also working on restoring something herself. As he struggles to keep his business afloat and she works to overcome mistakes of her past, these two unlikely friends soon discover they have something unexpected in common, a young mom who is fighting to give her children a better life after her husband’s incarceration. While both Mitch and Angela are drawn to help this young mother survive, they also find themselves drawn to each other. Will a lifetime of regrets hold them back or unite them and bring redemption along with true love?

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biophotocroppededited2016Novelist and speaker Jennifer Slattery has a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, (http://whollyloved.com) she and her team put on events at partnering churches designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact.

She writes devotions for Internet Café Devotions, Christian living articles for Crosswalk.com, and edits for Firefly, a Southern fiction imprint with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.

Visit with Jennifer online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com and connect with her on Facebook , Twitter, or Pinterest.

3 Questions Wednesday with Gail Pallotta

portrait-shot-gail-pallottaToday, we welcome my friend, author Gail Pallotta, to 3 Questions Wednesday. She’s published five books, poems, short stories and two-hundred articles and is graciously offering a copy of her latest e-book, Breaking Barriers, in either mobi (kindle), epub (nook) or PDF (winner’s choice) to one person who leaves a comment.

So let’s get to the first question:

What inspires you?

Gail: I find inspiration from many sources for different aspects of life. If I hear a great sermon and beautiful music on Sunday, it inspires me to try harder the next week to do God’s will. Courageous people inspire me to live life to the fullest. Kind people inspire kindness, and so on and so forth. Lots of these same things inspire me to write blogs, articles and books. Sometimes I see a need and write about it. Usually, if I devote a book to a subject, it’s something that nagged me, or I saw the need repeating itself.

Breaking Barriers, the book I’m giving away today, nagged me. It hit me in the face for the first time in the 1960’s, when I read a newspaper headline proclaiming “God Is Dead.” I wrote an article about that and stuffed it in a drawer. However, the shock that anyone would print such an outlandish statement never left me.

Many years later I married and had a daughter. In the 1980’s she started grammar school, was chastised for wearing a cross to school, and told school wasn’t a place for God. Not long afterward, nativity scenes were banned from public places and people stopped saying “Merry Christmas.” One small town, either trying to please everyone, or trying to maintain a semblance of Christianity, declared the courthouse could put out the animals in the nativity as long as they left off Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. Each declaration snipping away a little more of Christianity pierced my heart. I couldn’t help but wonder where all of this was headed. I penned a book about a faction trying to destroy Christianity. Once again I stuffed it in a drawer.

When I learned Joan Bauer Alley would publish a Love Is…Series based on I Corinthians 13: 4 – 8, I wanted to be part of it. I studied the passage and pondered whether or not I could write something worthy of the series. I was led to “it is not easily angered” and imagined how angry some people must be at Christians to have whittled away at our faith for so long. I remembered the writing I’d stuffed in a drawer in the 1980’s, pulled it out and based Breaking Barriers on it.

It’s wonderful that you saved your work. Now…

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Gail: I’d be purple because I think it’s a beautiful color. Some people say they prefer purple because it’s regal, and that’s true. However, I like that it’s a bright, happy color as well as serene and stately.

Purple makes me happy. 🙂 Last question: 

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Gail: As a child I loved Nancy Drew books and wanted to be a detective. I traveled many routes to arrive at my dream job, but I’m finally solving who-done-its in my books.

I love the Hardy Boys books! Thanks, Gail, for dropping by…

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered to win. Here’s more information about the book:


Breaking Barriers

breakingbarrierswebsizeIn this action-packed thriller, gunshots ring out as Ann Jones enters church. She hides in the bathroom until they stop then stumbles into the sanctuary. The congregation lies dead in pools of blood. To rebuild the church, she starts True Light Guardians. At the first meeting she’s attacked by a terrorist but rescued by James Crawford. He melts her heart, cold from her father’s abuse, and they fall for each other. She’s afraid to commit to love that might grow angry later like the type she knew as a child. James yearns to stop other attempts on Ann’s life, but can’t. Tormented by her constant risks, he breaks up with her. When an assault sends her to the hospital, an unlikely ally shares Ann’s plight with James, but he reveals a lead that puts all three of them in even more danger.


portrait-shot-gail-pallottaAward-winning author Gail Pallotta is a wife, mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. A former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, she won Clash of the Titles in 2010. Her teen book, Stopped Cold, finished fourth in the 16th Annual Preditors and Editors readers’ poll and was a 2013 Grace Awards finalist. She’s published five books, poems, short stories and two-hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. Gail loves to hear from readers.

Gail loves to connect with readers. To learn more about Gail and her books visit her website at http://www.gailpallotta.com and sign up for her new newsletter.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Randy Tramp

randy-trampToday, we welcome author, Randy Tramp, to 3 Questions Wednesday. He facilitates the Word Weavers critique group I’m a part of and has just released his debut novel, Night to Knight.

So let’s get to the first question:

What inspires you?

Randy: (Jesus is my number one motivation.) When I think of inspiration, I consider what keeps me moving forward. I read and study the works of a lot of very good authors. Dan Walsh is at the top of my list. In life, I use WWJD, but in writing, I use WWDW (What would Dan write?) He was my mentor as I wrote Night to Knight, and his advice still lingers in my mind. I also get inspiration from my Word Weavers group.

Good answer. 🙂 Now…

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Randy: I’ve always liked the color purple. I’ve learned it’s the color of royalty.

 That’s interesting. I’ve also heard it denotes wealth, wisdom, and spirituality.

 Now, last question–

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Randy: I was ten when the U.S. landed a man on the moon. So I wrote NASA asking for a moon rock. They sent me something much better. A whole package of large pictures. I loved it and wanted to be an astronaut.

Nice! Do you still have the pictures? Thanks, Randy for joining us today…

Readers, Randy is offering a copy of his book, Night to Knight, to one blessed reader. Just leave a comment in the comments section below to be entered to win an e-book.

Here’s more information about the book:


Night to Knight

night-to-knightSpecial Forces Mark Steele commands an operation to save two American Missionaries. He’s injured and dismissed from the Special Forces. Not wanting to take a desk job, the Navy discharges him. Mark becomes discouraged until he discovers a new purpose in life—locate and return abducted children to their family. To protect his wife from emotional stress, Mark doesn’t tell her. During one of Mark’s missions, Kaitlyn finds a crumbled paper in the wastebasket next to his desk. She calls the number and hears a female’s voice, then Mark’s voice in the background. “We’re a married couple headed to Phoenix,” Mark says…

Read more about Randy’s book here.


randy-trampRandy Tramp is a freelancer, writing articles for newspapers and magazines. He’s just published his debut novel, Night to Knight.
He served in the Navy for eight years, supervised inmates at a Federal prison for twelve years and ministered as a children’s Pastor for twelve years. During this time, while on a missions trip, he taught African’s about children’s ministry.
His passion is to see families strengthened and relationships restored. He and his wife Kim are parents of eleven children (eight adopted) and five grandchildren, ranging in ages from two to thirty-two.
You can connect with Randy at:

 

3 Questions Wednesday with Jerusha Agen

Jerusha AgenWelcome back to 3 Questions Wednesday, Jerusha Agen.

I had the privilege of meeting Jerusha this past August, at the ACFW Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. I was happy to find her a beautiful and intelligent young woman, well-grounded in her faith. I have to say, I’m a big fan of The Sisters Redeemed Series. Yes, I’ve read all three of them. I just wish they’d had more sisters…

So let’s get to the first question:

What inspires you?

Jerusha:  Tough question! So many things inspire me: giant, fluffy snowflakes falling onto a pillow of sparkling beauty; a terrific movie; tight dialogue or silent action loaded with subtext; brilliant prose; clever wit; demonstrations of love, sacrifice, or mercy; friends who remind me of scriptural truths; the Words of the Bible…I could go on forever!

I can almost hear the snowflakes falling. Nothing beats tight dialogue in a story, or a rich undercurrent of action. Your words inspire me!

Next question is a bit of fun–

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Jerusha:  Black! Because it’s my favorite color. 🙂

I love that. The color black denotes dignity. Now, last question–

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Jerusha:  As a very young child, I announced to everyone who asked that I wanted to be a doctor. Specifically, a family practitioner. I was pretty young for such big words, which explains the laughter I received from many adults when explaining my career aspirations. By the time I was thirteen, though, I’d found my true dream—to be a writer.

Ha ha! It would’ve been easier if you’d known to say “writer” at that young age, but not as funny, of course. Jerusha, thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer our 3 Questions.

Readers, Jerusha is offering a copy of her book, This Redeemer, to one blessed reader. Just leave a comment in the comments section below to be entered to win a print or Kindle version (reader’s choice).

Here’s more information about the book:


THIS REDEEMER

Not all prisons have bars.

This_Redeemer_FRONT_COVER resized (655x1024)Charlotte Davis should know—she’s lived in one for years. She can handle getting slapped around by her boyfriend, Tommy, and even being forced to do things she would never choose, but when Tommy turns on her 10-year-old daughter, Charlotte must try to escape. With nowhere else to turn, Charlotte runs to the stranger her dying mother believed would help her.

Looking only for shelter or cash, Charlotte finds a family she longs to call her own and a gentle man she could learn to love. But if Tommy catches up with Charlotte, these strangers could discover the truth about her. Will they send her back to Tommy? Or can a Father’s love set her free?

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Jerusha Agen

Jerusha Agen

Jerusha Agen imagines danger around every corner, but knows God is there, too. So naturally, she writes romantic suspense infused with the hope of salvation in Jesus Christ. With a B.A. in English and a background in screenwriting, Jerusha is the author of The Sisters Redeemed Series and The Heart Seekers Series novella collection. Jerusha writes about fighting against fear in our everyday lives at The Fear Warrior Blog. Visit Jerusha at www.JerushaAgen.com and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

3 Questions Wednesday and YOU!

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January, already? It’s a brand, new year. We are so excited about our plans for the blog in 2017.

Yes, it’s here, and we’ve been talking about YOU! We want to help you even more than we have in the past. One of the ways we can help you is through online presence and publicity.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Gail Johnson

gail-johnson-head-shot-9Today’s guest is my friend and our newest Crew Member, Gail Johnson.

Hi, Gail! So glad you dropped by. First question:

What books have fortified you as a writer? How?

Gail: I would have to list the Bible as the first one. I know it sounds a little cliché. But in those seasons when I feel like giving up, I always happen upon a scripture that encourages me to forge ahead.

In the fictional department, Francine River’s Redeeming Love and Jill Austen’s, Master Potter, were life-changing stories about God’s unconditional love for two women, Angel and Forsaken. Those characters will forever live in the corridors of my mind. Both tales prompted a seven-year journey that led to the writing of my current WIP as I learned how to let go of things I couldn’t change and yield to the Potter’s hands. You know, sometimes, we just have to say, “Yep, that happened” and move on!

A non-fiction keeper is Ethel Herr’s Introduction to Christian Writing. I love a book that teaches and ministers at the same time. The first time I read her book, I gobbled it up like a dieting woman partaking of a forbidden stash while hiding in her closet.

Other instructional non-fiction books include Sol Stein’s Stein on Writing (a favorite), Thomas B. Sawyer’s Fiction Writing Demystified, and Donald Maass’s Writing the Breakout Novel. I also have a collection of Writer’s Digest Books, Elements of Fiction Writing.

Still, other authors include, Joann Penn, K.M. Weiland, and Kathy Ide. And I could go on! I can’t say no to a good book. Thank goodness for Kindle shelves!

I agree. My Kindle stays loaded.  : ) Now…

What secret talents do you have?

Gail: My kids would say my hugs have the ability to heal. When I started writing, my goal was—is to make people feel loved, needed, and wanted. People need to hear they are not a mistake. We are created by God for His purpose. And I choose to share God’s love with everyone I meet. When I get the chance, I send a hug or a heart to let them know they are loved.

A much-needed talent in our world. Last question:

If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?

Gail: Although I’m from the south and love fried chicken and bacon, I would probably prepare Chicken Parmesean for two reasons: It can be prepared ahead, giving me more time to socialize and I absolutely love Italian food! Yummy! I’d also toss together a garden salad loaded with fresh vegetables and topped with homemade Ranch dressing—or your choice of any dressing. And like any good southern cook, I would serve mounds of baked bread smothered in butter and garlic. For our beverages, sweet iced tea with or without lemon, of course. For dessert, fresh peach cobbler topped with homemade whipped cream and coffee.  Scrumptious! Yes?

 Easy Peach Cobbler

1 stick butter

1 cup flour

1 cup sugar

1 cup milk

1 No. 2 can peaches (or 4 cups of fresh peaches)

Mix ingredients and bake for 40 minutes at 375 degrees.

Let cool. Serve with homemade whipped cream.

Enjoy!

It all sounds good to me. : ) And thanks for sharing your recipe. So glad you dropped by!


gail-johnson-head-shot-9Gail Johnson is a writer of fiction and non-fiction stories. She also writes Southern Gospel and Contemporary Gospel songs. Her Southern Gospel song, “Less of Me and More of You,” came in the top 5 runners-up in the 2010 Singing News/Solid Gospel Songwriters Search.

In the past, she has published articles and interviews on the web, in the local newspaper, and church magazines. She has also tried her hand at playwriting and Biblical Studies. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she is currently working on a memoir for 2017.

You can connect with her on her Blog: Center of His Wheel, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+