Linda Wood Rondeau

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MY INTIMATE JOURNEY WITH MY HEROINE BY NIKE N. CHI
12/22/2015 12:00:01 AM by: Linda Wood Rondeau

When I started this series, it began with a kinda short story prompt
 
 I was to create a character (Brooklyn, NY born and bred Veronica "Ronnie" Ingels, gal private investigator) and place her in a locale that's strange and difficult for her. So, I sent her to west Texas. 
 
Then I was to ramp it up and make her even more uncomfortable. So, in book one of the series, HARMFUL INTENT, I had Ronnie discover her husband of one year is cheating on her with her college BFF who owns a bridal salon in Abilene. 
 
 
 
But that was not enough. 
 
I had the rascal murdered and the handsome deputy sheriff suspect Ronnie killed her husband for revenge.
 
 
I began to really like Ronnie. And the more I wrote the more she revealed to me about her difficult childhood, and soon I had a novella. As teeny-weeny buds of romance between Deputy Dawson Hughes and Ronnie began to blossom, I found this taught and fast paced detective story lengthening into a novel.
 
Naturally, one book wasn't enough. I'd given Ronnie quite a few "demons" from her childhood that chased her and kept getting in the way of the romance between her and Dawson. So, I developed a plotline in the second novel, DEADLY DESIGNS which triggered most of her childhood issues. In fact, a few of Dawson's issues were also triggered brinGing him to his knees before God.
 
My characters are like friends to me. Although I've never copied anyone's life, I draw heavily upon my own experience and the experiences of people I know rather well. I suspect most writers do this. To balance the numerous raw emotions jumping off the page, I utilize humor. Ronnie has a zany and sassy sense of humor I've come to enjoy writing. I can't wait until she says something else that has me shaking my head.
 
It's been an uplifting experience for me to let Ronnie explore the question, 'why are we here on planet earth?' Her background is Christian, as her mother is a believer and she was brought up in the faith. Her father abandoning her and her mother caused her to be angry at God. Her spiritual journey is one of wrestling and wrangling with God. I've tried to keep it as authentic as possible and I've certainly enjoyed writing these stories.
 
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Author Bio:
 
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 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, set in the mid-1940s has finaled, won an award, and garnered critical acclaim. HARMFUL INTENT released under the auspices of her own publishing company, Crime Fictionista Press, won in the Grace Awards 2014 Mystery/Thriller/Romantic Suspense/Historic Suspense category. Her new release is DEADLY DESIGNS. 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.  http://nikechillemi.wordpress.com/
 
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