Today, Christine Nolfi is here to talk about her novel, Sweet Lake, as part of BookSparks' Wintervention. It is the first in a new series. To celebrate her publication week, she has TWO signed copies to give away!
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Linnie Wayfair knows just how many people are counting on her. But knowing doesn’t make doing any easier.
Everyone in Sweet Lake, Ohio, wants her to muster all her business sense and return the Wayfair Inn to its former glory. Her parents hope she’ll forgive her scoundrel of a brother and reconcile the family. The eccentric Sweet Lake Sirens want her to open the inn—and her heart—to new possibilities. And her hilarious lifelong friends Jada and Cat are dropping none-too-subtle hints for her to ignite a romance with Daniel Kettering, the sexy attorney who’s been pining for her for years…
Now a shocking turn of events will open old wounds and upend the world Linnie has carefully built. She has to make changes quickly—and the results, though not entirely what she expected, might be what she’s been yearning for all along.
What did you do to celebrate when first published?
I published Second Chance Grill the same month I put my house on the market. Between packing up the house and beginning work on the next novel, it didn’t occur to me to celebrate!
What were the most challenging and rewarding parts of writing Sweet Lake?
The biggest challenge came in finding the right balance between humor and drama. Linnie Wayfair is a young woman struggling to keep her family’s historic inn from going under, and she’s painfully aware that the town of Sweet Lake won’t survive if she can’t bring those tourist dollars back. The biggest reward in writing the novel came with the introduction of the Sweet Lake Sirens, an older and often eccentric group of women quietly determined to help Linnie rise to the task. The Sirens also meddle in matters of the heart: they spark “love among the ancients” at the local retirement center, and help Linnie’s slow-burning attraction to Daniel Kettering flare to new heights.
What is one piece of advice you’d like to share with aspiring novelists?
Read often and widely. You’ll learn ever more elegant ways to put emotion on the page by studying what works in other stories.
If you could cast Sweet Lake as a movie, who would play the lead roles?
Have the luminous Emma Stone don a brunette wig, and convince her to play Linnie. The role needs an actress comfortable in both quirky and achingly poignant scenes. Let’s cast the fabulous Jennifer Hudson as Linnie’s best friend Jada because the role needs a touch of sass. Ryan Gosling will pull off the role of Daniel Kettering to perfection, especially in the scenes when Daniel quietly smolders with passion for Linnie. And the eccentric leader of the Sweet Lake Sirens, Frances Dufour? Someone contact the agent for the marvelous Meryl Streep, please!
What is something you are looking forward to in March?
I’m looking forward to reading the reviews for Sweet Lake as readers discover the novel. I’m also looking forward to delving deeper into the third book in the series. The Comfort of Secrets will be out in July, and I don’t want to keep readers waiting too long for the third installment!
If you could live anywhere in the world, besides where you’re currently living, where would it be, and why?
Well, I’m already living in my dream locale—Charleston, South Carolina. I’m originally from the snow belt of northeastern Ohio, and I spent years dreaming about living in a warmer climate. Charleston was always on the list of possible cities: my French ancestors were among the first families to arrive in Charles Towne in 1681. Five years ago, to the surprise of my extended family, I decided to follow my dreams and move here. Today, my husband and I live a blissful ten minutes from the beach. And I never tire of Charleston’s abundant sunshine!
Thanks to Christine for visiting with us and sharing her book with our readers. Thanks to BookSparks for coordinating the interview.
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