Meet Nichole Christoff
Find Nichole online at www.nicholechristoff.com where you can sign-up for her free seasonal newsletter, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NicholeChristoff, on Twitter at @NicChristoff, or drop her a note at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the first book that made you cry?
When I was ten years old, I read BLACK BEAUTY by Anna Sewell. Beauty’s journey through adversity brought me to tears.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
For me, a good writing day is energizing until the end, and then I’m exhausted, especially if I’ve poured everything in me onto the page.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
I’ve got an English Pointer who’s recently realized he can retrieve, too. The second I sit down at my desk, he begins to bring me things. He’ll start with his favorite objects to carry: socks. He’ll pluck them from the laundry basket or search for them under the bed. He’ll then bring dish towels, junk mail, rain boots, the TV remote control, and one time, even a roll of toilet paper. He gets a treat if he brings me his own toys. I write like a maniac between offerings, but his arrival usually means I must stop to accept what he’s laid at my feet. As a result, I often have a ring of abandoned objects circling my desk chair.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
They’re not exactly secrets, but I will sometimes depict a favorite place or thing and let readers in on the scoop later. On my website, www.nicholechristoff.com, I have a page called “Facts to Fiction” where I reveal that some details in the Jamie Sinclair series are based on real-life experiences. For instance, in THE KILL SIGN, Jamie travels to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and through the back gate of the army post she visits, in town, there are seedy little shops with flashing neon lights promising “live lingerie models.” And in one military town down south, I can attest, those shops not only exist, they deliver!
What was your hardest scene to write?
The scene in THE KILL SIGN where Jamie Sinclair visits her mentor in the hospital was particularly tough to write because my father had just been killed in a heavy equipment accident. He and I didn’t get a scene like that one.
As a top private eye turned security specialist, Jamie Sinclair has worked hard to put her broken marriage behind her. But when her lying, cheating ex-husband, army colonel Tim Thorp, calls with the news that his three-year-old daughter has been kidnapped, he begs Jamie to come find her. For the sake of the child, Jamie knows she can’t refuse. Now, despite the past, she’ll do everything in her power to bring little Brooke Thorp home alive.
Soon Jamie is back at Fort Leeds—the army base in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens where she grew up, the only child of a two-star general—chasing down leads and forging an uneasy alliance with the stern military police commander and the exacting FBI agent working Brooke’s case. But because Jamie’s father is now a U.S. senator, her recent run-in with a disturbed stalker is all over the news, and when she starts receiving gruesome threats echoing the stalker’s last words, she can’t shake the feeling that her investigation may be about more than a missing girl—and that someone very powerful is hiding something very significant . . . and very sinister.