A little bit about Toni
Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.
She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the local Virginia Chapter.
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The Friday Five with Toni
- Describe your decision to become a writer.
Funny, becoming a writer didn’t become a conscious decision until I was working toward my Bachelor’s degree. I took a Creative Writing course, something I had been too scared to do in high school. I LOVED it and was amazed at how fast the words poured out of me. In the back of my mind, I’ve always thought about writing a book. I used to dabble in poetry, but it wasn’t until I took that course that I made the decided I wanted to be a writer.
- What is your writing process like?
I’m a pantser! I have an idea in my mind that’s been sparked by a song, tv show, conversation…whatever. The idea starts to develop and voila, I’m ready to type. I sit down and just write. Usually by the time I hit the middle, I have to do some type of brainstorming/plotting to determine how to get to the Happily Ever After.
- What are some of your favorite novels (or your favorite novelists) and why?
In the contemporary romance genre: Becky Wade. I connect with her characters so well and the poignant scenes pull me right in. Suspense: Lynette Eason, Ronie Kendig, and Irene Hannon. Love all of their books. Seriously, I don’t think they have a bad one in the bunch. Historical: Pepper D. Basham and Dawn Crandall. Phenomenal writing and characters.
- What advice would you give to your younger self?
Don’t be scared! Fear is a lie from the enemy used to prevent you from your full potential! Trust in God and fly in the wind.
- Imagine that you are ninety years old, what advice would you give to your present self?
Life’s a lot longer than you think. Guard the time you have with your family. Even though life is long, time with others is often shorter than we realize. Love them while they’re there to love.
About Buying Love
Will money ruin everything?
Nina Warrenton is ready for the next step in her life plan—marriage, but no one has proposed. Taking matters into her hand, she places an ad in the newspaper hoping to entice a willing stranger. But when she begins to fall for the small-town chef, she realizes how much she wants him to love her and not her money.
Dwight Williams needs fast cash to save the family restaurant. When he sees Nina’s monetary offer for a husband, he goes for it. He’s determined to save the legacy his dad left him, but can he let it go to prove his love for her?
Can Nina and Dwight find true love, once money has entered the equation?