Saturday, 19 April 2014

EPISODE 10: Conversations over Milk & Cookies - Nonnie Jules

Welcome to Episode 10 of Conversations over Milk & Cookies hosted by Kindle Ninja.


What is this madness, you ask?  It's my way of supporting authors and writers from the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB. (See other episodes here).

We interact with them everyday, directly through tweets, or indirectly through re-tweets, but we don't really know much about them. Their personalities really don't shine through in tweets and re-tweets.


Episode 10 is a SPECIAL EPISODE as we are celebrating the first birthday of RRBC Pres. Nonnie Jules' (@NonnieJules) blog, Watch Nonnie Write! Kindle Ninja Book Reviews is just one of the many stops in the blog tour. Go check out the blog tour stops line-up.





Let's get to know Nonnie in more than 140 characters, shall we?

+One ninja was hurt in making this episode.



KINDLE NINJA (KN):  Welcome to Conversations over Milk and Cookies. How do you like your cookies? Chewy? Crunchy? Crumbly? Something else?
Hard and  crunchy, or straight out of the oven, soft, hot and chewy.

What’s the BEST part of being the Rave Reviews Book Club President? 
There are lots of BEST parts to my job: 
1)  I get to serve on a board with some absolutely wonderful peers
2)  I get to meet and interact with some very interesting members
3) I get to create and implement ideas which will help to propel the careers of authors and that will allow the readers to be presented with many great reads.   It’s not an easy job by any measure, but since I love people so much, I love it!

You run a tight ship. With Board members from different states (countries, even), it must be utterly maddening to keep things moving as efficiently as it does right now. Tell me, what part of the job drives you crazy?  
There are lots of parts of my position which drive me insanely mad but you don’t have enough time today to listen to all of them, so I will spare you (because I like you that much), but our board members being in so many varying parts of the world is not one of those issues. The fact that we have RRBC offices all over the place is an awesome thing because it allows us to have an online presence 24 hours a day, around the clock should our members need us. We have streamlined our processes so well, that we call RRBC a “very well-oiled machine which purrs like a kitten.”  And you used the word “efficient,” I use that word in regards to my DREAM TEAM each and every day.  Thank you for noticing.

The RRBC Board reminds me of The Avengers. How’d you assemble the group?  
I had interactions with each and every one of these board members long before I thought to create the book club, and each and every one of them embodied something special which I knew I had to have as part of my TEAM to ensure that this organization would be successful and that my vision would be carried out in the way it had been dreamed.  I hand-picked each and every one and am glad I chose the TEAM that I did.  Did I mention I call them my DREAM TEAM?  There is nothing they can’t do!  Think the GLADIATORS on Scandal…That’s my TEAM!  At times I do feel like Olivia Pope and we all know she’s a bad-ass!

How important is the choice of character names in your novel  (or any novel for that matter). 
I think character names are extremely important in novels.  I personally have to name my characters before I even begin to plot the story.  If you’re going to have a villain, a name like Sam just wouldn’t do it for me.  To me, Sam is the old guy next door who’s always working in his yard, waving at every car that drives thru the neighborhood.  By the same token, you can’t have a “Hope” or a “Kimberly” as a home-wrecker.  They’re too girl-next-doorish for me. They don’t move me.  If I’m going to have a wrecking-ball-husband-stealing Jezebel in my story, her name would have to be Gina or Leeza or even Sybil, something strong and slutty.  (No offense to all the Ginas, Leezas and Sybils out there.  This is all in my crazy, creative mind.  I adore all three of you…LOL).

If your novel “Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend” would be turned into a movie, who do you want to play the main character/s?
One day soon “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND” WILL be turned into a Lifetime Movie  (I claim all and I receive all).  When that day comes, I would like Sanaa Lathan to play the part of the adult Marisa, Thandie Newton to play the child Maiya; Alfre Woodard to play Daydream, the mom and who could leave Denzel Washington out of any movie?  He’d play the part of the horrible Duran Lee.

How do you react to a bad review of one of your books?
 I don’t.

Do you ever wish that you had a completely uncreative job (like a potato peeler or someone who waits for paint to dry)? 
No, it’s not in my DNA to have or be a part of anything completely uncreative.


 What’s the book you wished you’d written?  The books that I did: 
“THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS;  DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND (a novel), and “SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS!”

What’s the book that positively shaped you? 
Little Women by Louisa May-Alcott is my most favourite read of all time, it has been since I read it in the 4th grade and till this day, it remains so.  The mom in that book made me want to be the mom that I am.  I loved the way the characters were so well-written and especially loved the fact that when I first saw the original movie, it was dead-on in sync with the characters in the book.

What would you rather be doing now? (instead of answering these questions). 
There is nothing in the world I’d rather be doing than what I am doing right at this moment…hanging with you!

KINDLE NINJA: Awww.

 What do you do to decompress? 
My guilty pleasure since last year is cream…not just any cream, INTERNATIONAL DELIGHTS COFFEE CREAMER.  I was not a coffee drinker until late last summer (2013).  And truly, it is the cream that I need, not the coffee. I always say that I use a little coffee with my cream.  I’m trying to kick the cream habit though.  I’ll keep you updated.

If you had a tattoo where would it be? 
In Nonnie’s world, ladies don’t wear tattoos.  So, any tattoo that has my name on it, is a FRAUD and if you run into it, please call 911 and report it.

Do you have a favorite bedtime drink? 
Cream, with a little coffee.

What was the last song you heard?
Frank Sinatra’s “Someone to Watch Over Me.” It played as I was falling asleep last night.  I love great music at bedtime.

Can you sing a line to me? 
You want me to sing?  Why of course, dawlin’…”There’s a somebody I’m longing to see, I hope that he turns out to be, someone who’ll watch over me.”   (Clears throat)  So, what do you think, Ninja?  Got any connections in the biz you might be able to introduce me to?  Just in case this writing gig doesn’t pan out for me.

KINDLE NINJA: That's great singing! I’ll have her people call your people!

Which actress would you like to play YOU in the movie version of your life?  
Julia Roberts.

And who will direct the movie? 
Me, of course.  I do it all!

On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited are you about life right now? 
A 20!  You can’t get more excited than that!

If you are taking a Ninja for a date, where would you take him?
I’m married, so unless I’m married to the Ninja…he better have on a bullet-proof vest if he’s on a date with me!  I’m just sayin.’

KINDLE NINJA: haha! Kevlar ninja suit on.

Celebrity / Author / Famous Person you’d like to take bungee jumping.  
Honey, I’m not bungee jumping, tree jumping, I’m not even jump-roping.  I hope from this you can tell that I don’t even like the thought of any kind of ‘jumping.’

Spring or Summer? 
Definitely Summer.

Nicholas Sparks or Dan Brown? 
Neither.

J.K. Rowling or Stephenie Meyer? 
J.K. Rowling

Ninjas or Witches? 
Witches.  (Sorry, Ninja.  Gotta stay true to myself).

Kindle Ninja: *shakes head*

Your message to the RRBC members in 7 words. 
“Support’s the name of the game here!”

  

Thanks for your time. Hope you enjoyed the Q&A.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
 NONNIE Jules grew up loving books and everything about them.  She has traveled the world, jumped out of planes and climbed many mountains, all thanks to the wonderful world of literature.  She lives with her husband and two daughters on a very quiet strip of land in Louisiana, where red dirt roads and pick-up trucks go hand in hand.  She is the Author of three great reads at present:  








 Nonnie is also Founder and President of the widely-known Rave Reviews Book Club, as well as being a sought-after book reviewer with a strong "eye" for perfection.  

She continues to write from many different genres and hopes to teach and touch minds and hearts alike with her very unique style of writing.  She loves positive feedback on her writing and personally responds to each and every email.  Nonnie can be reached at nonniewrites@yahoo.com, on Twitter @nonniejules, and do follow her blogs WATCH NONNIE WRITE! {nonniewrites.wordpress.com}  and ASK THE GOOD MOMMY {askthegoodmommy.wordpress.com}.

Nonnie's feet are firmly planted in her two most important platforms:  Parenting & Support, where she continually invites the masses to join her.

BUY LINKS:
"THE GOOD MOMMIES' GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS," 100 Tips On Raising Daughters Everyone Can't Help But Love! - amazon.com/dp/B00CP62O56createspace.com/4355124
"Daydream's Daughter, Nightmare's Friend" - amazon.com/dp/B00GLM2VVMcreatespace.com/4386308

"SUGARCOATIN' IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN' IS FOR KIDS!" -amazon.com/dp/B00IRIA0I4

4 comments:

  1. Hi, Ninja. I enjoyed reading your interview. I now feel I know you a little better, Nonnie. Enjoy your trip.

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  2. I just joined RRBC. Thanks for sharing these insights with us! Loved it! :-)

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  3. Great interview Nonnie! We all love you...you're the ultimate team leader bad-ass! ;) although I fear you think me not a lady anymore... Teehee...two tatts :D

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  4. Wonderful interview Nonnie and KN. Nonnie, I love the song Someone to Watch Over Me by Frank Sinatra.

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