Whispers in Purple is honored to have special guest author Nike Chillemi, the Crime Fictionista, here to share a bit about her new release, HARMFUL INTENT, and her upcoming sequel DEADLY DESIGNS. (I can’t wait for that one!)
Welcome, Nike. Your characters are always so colorful and interesting. Tell us what Ronnie and Dawson are up to now.
I’d like to talk about Deadly Humor and Culinary Delights
Veronica "Ronnie" Ingels, female private investigator is usually armed to the teeth and is a crack shot. She also likes to eat. In this fast paced whodunit readers will chuckle when this athletic looking meat-and-potatoes gal finds herself in an organic cooking class.
If you want to "get" who Ronnie is…at one point as she's stuffing her face with guacamole and nacho chips…but them begins to muse about her new BFF and sidekick:
My husband had dumped me for a southern femme fatale and humiliated me in public. But Bertha appreciated me because I ate like Miss Piggy. I shrugged, and popped a nacho loaded with refried beans into my mouth. You've gotta take your good where you find it.
Ronnie hails from Brooklyn where she follows a bunch of unsavory characters and does a lot of taxing surveillance. Hence she has often grabbed a quick bite from a street vendor's food truck. She continues this practice while in Taylor County, Texas after she stumbles upon good eats at The Church of the Byways' Annual Bazar. As she's stuffing her mouth, she spots two individuals she considers to be persons of interest.
One of her fav expression is, "I could eat a bear." Readers don't get very far into HARMFUL INTENT, book one in the series, when they notice as soon as she says, "I could eat…" ~ The hero, Deputy Sheriff Dawson Hughes finishes her sentence for her with "…a bear."
So, what is a Brooklyn, gal PI doing in Texas? She's been framed for the murder of her cheating husband and she's trying to clear her name. Meanwhile she's eating her way through T-bone steaks with sides of skillet fried Mac 'n cheese, or a nacho platter followed by three beef soft tacos, or an oven-baked pancake the size of a Frisbee.
Then the unthinkable happens. She must take an organic cooking class in the course of the investigation in an attempt to wheedle some info out of the chef/instructor. She goes into the class with an overwhelming craving for a bacon and cheese Quarter Pounder with all the trimmings, super-sized French fries, a side of onion rings, and a McFlurry.
The instructor (who, BTW, also has information about a heinous killer) gives the ladies taking the class a hand-out with color photos of the dishes they will be preparing: tossed green salad with pale-striped cucumbers and cherry-tomatoes, pan seared chicken breasts with shallots, golden sparkling cider as the beverage, and grilled pineapple slices for dessert. Naturally, all ingredients are certified organic. At the end of the cooking, when the ladies sit down to eat, what surprises Ronnie is how tasty the meal is.
(NOTE: Nike tells me the picture is a tomato bruschetta open faced sandwich for an outdoor lunch. Looks yummy, doesn’t it?)
When we meet up with our hero and heroine again in DEADLY DESIGNS, book two in the series, we learn Ronnie took a few healthy-eating cooking classes when she got back home to Brooklyn. Now she and Dawson are teamed up in a desperate chase the find a missing child and terrorists might be involved. Still they have to stop and eat. He's more than surprised to see her ordering a salad for her appetizer and grilled fish for her entrée. Since his motel room includes a kitchenette, she promises to cook a healthy meal for him. You'll just have to read the book when it comes out to find out how that goes.
Purchase Link (it's only in ebook format on Amazon)
Like so many writers, Nike Chillemi started writing at a very young age. She still has the Crayola, fully illustrated book she penned (colored might be more accurate) as a little girl 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 Chairman, a reader's choice awards for excellence in Christian fiction. She writes book reviews for The Christian Pulse online magazine. She was an Inspy Awards 2010 judge in the Suspense/Thriller/Mystery category, a judge in the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Carol Awards in the suspense, mystery, and romantic suspense categories, and a judge in the Eric Hoffer Awards in 2012 and 2013.
Her four novel Sanctuary Point series, set in the mid-1940s has won awards and garnered critical acclaim. Her new contemporary whodunit, HARMFUL INTENT released in the spring of 2014 under the auspices of her own publishing company, Crime Fictionista Press. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Christian Indie Novelists (CHIN).
Nike loves animals, the ocean and is a healthy-eating foodie…these themes show op in her novels. While engaged in social networking, Nike is prone to post delish healthy fare she's cooked up in her kitchen. http://nikechillemi.wordpress.com/