Nardi Point by Nancy LaPonzina
- Who is your favorite character in this book and why?
Though Laurinda Elliot is the main heroine, I love Leyla Jo Piper her best friend … and so do so many readers! Leyla Jo is that great combination of heart friend, intuition, clinical expertise as a nurse practitioner practicing alternative health modalities. She’s African-American and when she finds prehistoric Native American artifacts on a home building site in the Nardi Point subdivision, her full heritage is revealed. In fact, because of her popularity, her story is expanded in the forthcoming sequel, Paths through the Garden!
2. What inspires you for your stories?
Archaeology, metaphysical issues, alternative health remedies, nature, relationships, dreams, astrology. The title Nardi Point was presented to me in a dream. When I played with the arrangement of letters, I got Indian Port … and that’s exactly what Nardi Point is all about. So mysterious the way the muse works! I always hope to listen carefully.
3. Tell us something no one else knows about you.
I’m very sensitive to audio impressions. The sound of wind chimes wafting in the breeze can put me into an altered state.
4. What genre classification would you put on your book and what would you consider the heat level of the romance?
My stories are contemporary women’s fiction, with a sweet or low heat level. In fact, Nardi Point was awarded the Chanticleer Books & Media, First Place 2012 Published Novel for Contemporary Women’s Fiction!
5. When did you start writing and what kicked off your passion to be an author?
In grammar school I was writing short mystery stories and illustrating them. Nancy Drew was my biggest inspiration. Also, I have an addiction to paper, notebooks, and journaling.