Nonnie Jules is a mother, a wife, dog-lover, avid book reader and author. She lives in Louisiana on a huge strip of land, which she refers to as a “farm”, even though they’re not milking any cows or feeding chickens there. Her daughters are total animal lovers so you can imagine all the creatures that share their home, inside and out. Nonnie began writing as a child but only recently decided to take it very seriously and write for a living. Although she hasn’t earned quite enough to take a vacation yet, she is truly optimistic about her writing future. So now that you know that part, let’s begin the interview.
Q: Tell us the name of your books and also give us a little background on them.
A: My first published piece is entitled “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS”, 100 Tips On Raising Daughters Everyone Can’t Help But Love! I have two very exceptional daughters, one adult and one teenager. Now let me go a step further to say that they are truly as close to perfect as any human could be. They are respectful, kind, honest, caring, loving, God-filled… every possible attribute you can imagine, they embody it and I am so proud to be their mother. Whenever someone new meets either of them, they turn to me and ask the same question: “How did you do it?” Since I get the question so often, even more so now that they are older, I thought “why not put how I did it into a guide so that everyone could do it?” And so, “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE…” was born.
“DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND” is my first hand at fiction and although I am enjoying the journey because I’m learning so much, it has been challenging to write, on so many different levels. First, it’s set out of Houston, TX so I had to travel to research the place and that caused me to be away from my family, which I don’t enjoy at all, EVER. But the work had to be done. I’m still fine tuning it so that when I feel its ready for release, it will be a book you won’t want to put down until the very end. You can read an excerpt of it here at: Watch Nonnie Write.
Q: What inspirations do you draw from for your writing?
A: I usually pull my inspiration from real life, things that are going on around me and in the world. Things I hear about and things I see. I like to take information and put a new spin on it, or add more to it so that it has a more dramatic effect on the reader of the work. Sometimes that’s easy to do, sometimes not.
Q: How much of your time is devoted to writing?
A: Literally, writing has consumed my life and my world. It’s really all I have time to do now. I think when I decided to become an author, I didn’t imagine that it would take so much of my time, and so I decided that I would put out two books almost back to back, without knowing how hard that would be. Because, when you write and the book is published, that’s not the end of it. I was writing a book, and then marketing the book, then started writing another book in the midst of promoting the first book. Whew! I’m exhausted just typing all that! But Victoria, I read your blog post on using an egg timer to get things more streamlined and to manage your time better. I will use that tip from here on out because it is very easy to get caught up in spending time on these social media sites.
Q: Who is the main character in “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND” and what is her story?
A: Marisa James is the main character and a very good girl. She stays homes all the time, she reads a lot, doesn’t give the mom any problems at all, unlike her other siblings. As a teenager, her mom and stepfather are abusing her and every day she feels like she’s living in hell, her situation is so dire. One day, she decides she’s not going to take their abuse any more and she snaps. I don’t do spoilers, so you guys will have to read the book for more. But, I will share the trailer with you here: http://youtu.be/qbUK3XQ5-dA.
Q: Nonnie, what’s next for you?
A: Well, after DDNF is released, I will be marketing and promoting both of my books. I will be spending much time trying to get “The Good Mommies’ Guide…” around the world, and I plan on doing that by using it as a fundraising tool. I was recently contacted by a pretty big wig involved with many PTA/PTO groups, who asked if it would be OK if my book was presented to these parent organizations as a fundraising tool? Of course, my response was YES! I always knew that this guide would help change the course of the world but I really didn’t know how I was going to make that happen. But I prayed on it, and literally a few days later I received this phone call about using it for fundraising, and I knew then that GOD had opened the door. So, if there are ANY organizations OR individuals out there interested in a NEW kind of fundraiser, one with a very nice profit margin, please feel free to visit www.nonniesbookstore.com for more details. I am on a mission to save our children and “The Good Mommies’ Guide…” is just the beginning of making that dream a reality.
Q: Well, is there anything else you’d like to share with us before you go?
A: Oh yes there is! I have so enjoyed being here today and hopefully you have enjoyed hearing from me. If you’re at all interested in following the rest of this tour, do visit my site at www.nonniewrites.wordpress.com for the schedule. If you’re interested in reading good material (that may be at times a tad controversial), do FOLLOW me on my blog as well. I promise you won’t be inundated with blog posts from my site. I invite you to also FOLLOW me on Twitter @nonniejules and on facebook under the same.
The advice that I’d offer to aspiring writers is to take your time, write what you love and don’t set self-imposed deadlines because life has a way of stepping in and showing us what to do with our deadlines. Enjoy the journey and make it good!
If you’re looking for a great BABY SHOWER or NEW MOMMY gift, “The Good Mommies’ Guide To Raising (Almost) Perfect Daughters” is the perfect one. Get copies here: Amazon, or CreateSpace or autographed copies at Nonnie’s Bookstore. This book graces the shelves of some B&N Booksellers and it is simply flying off those shelves! I hope that readers will take these tips from THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS and actually apply them in their rearing of children. My wish is that this guide travels around the world and lands into the hands of every person who breathes around a child, boy or girl! Here is the trailer for the book if you’d like to know more about it: http://youtu.be/zg15rptFN2g.
Lastly, I have a wonderful promotion going on thru the end of August. If you purchase a copy of “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE…” by the last day of the month, you will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Please visit Nonnie’s Bookstore for the details and to register.
DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND Book Intro!
“She was one horrible mess. Always looking over her shoulder, avoiding becoming too friendly with the neighbors, never letting her kids out of her sight for fear of human monsters lurking around corners, waiting to cause them harm. That anxiety stemmed from her own childhood memories. Always fearing that someone would recognize her face, she kept to herself and didn’t go out much. And when she did, no matter the season, she wore some kind of hat or covering on her head, enough to shield her face. HE had done this to her even though he was dead now.
Walter never understood why she was such a loner, avoiding people as much as she could, and just being extremely anti-social outside of the house. Houston was originally her home, not his, yet she didn’t even want her own family and friends to know that she had returned. The only person she found herself able to really open up with was him. And although she tried to make him feel otherwise, he knew that there was still a huge wall up that even he would never be able to see over or climb.
Marisa had a secret and if it was ever discovered, it could cost her her life and her freedom.”
“I couldn’t put this book down! Every chapter that I read kept me on the edge of my seat, excited about what was to come in the next chapter. I want more…so hope there’s a sequel! Lifetime Television…watch out for DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND. You’re going to want to turn this script into a movie!”- P.J. Soemer, Book Lover
Victoria, thank you so much again for having me. I have had the best time with you and your readers! I wish you all peace, love, happiness and many great reads!