About the Author:
Nonnie Jules was born in the mid 70’s in Texas. When she was 3 yrs old, her family relocated to Shreveport, LA where red dirt roads and pick up trucks went hand in hand. She still lives in Shreveport today with her husband, two daughters and their many animals. She loves to write from all genres of literature including short stories, poetry, fiction and non, as well as How-To books. Her first book “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS”, 100 Tips On Raising Daughters Everyone Can’t Help But Love! is on sale now at www.amazon.com/dp/B00CP62O56 for only $2.99. She has also authored a much-anticipated, as-yet-to-be-titled novel set in Houston, TX and it is scheduled to be released August 22, 2013.
This author lives by the premise that A CANDLE LOSES NOTHING BY LIGHTING ANOTHER CANDLE. She’s always willing to lend a helping hand to another, and her hope is that her fellow authors will do the same for others coming up in the ranks, when they are presented with an opportunity. Nonnie says that she will continue to write as long as her readers continue reading her work.
MF: Tell us a bit about The Good Mommies Guide to Raising (Almost) Perfect Daughters. What inspired you to write it?
NJ: “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS”, 100 Tips On Raising Daughters Everyone Can’t Help But Love! was inspired by the many questions that I receive when someone meets my daughters. Every encounter on the street, in the market, in line at the bank, always evokes two questions: (1) “How did you get them to be this way? They’re so sweet/precious”, and (2) “How can I work this magic on my own daughter(s)”? In speaking with my aunt over the phone the other day, (she is the mother of two adult daughters and one teenage granddaughter) she said “You know, there aren’t many that you can compare to your babies. Not even mine.” My grandmother who bore five daughters and has tons of granddaughters and great-granddaughters always says to me “You have the best children out of this whole entire family”. Now that is the highest of compliments for me. I seriously looked around the world and what I saw, I knew I didn’t want my daughters to become. I knew that my husband and I would have very high hopes and standards for them, but we also wanted them to have very high standards for themselves. So, I worked extremely hard to get them to be (almost) perfect! They’re honest, respectful, respectable, charitable, God-fearing/loving, kind, giving individuals. And my prayer is that one day they will live in a world where there are more just like them.
MF: In June you participated in your first blog tour for The Good Mommies Guide to Raising (Almost) Perfect Daughters. What was that experience like?
NJ: Yes, my first ever blog tour was a 15 day tour in June and it was a world wind! I felt as if I was jumping from plane to plane, landing in a different city every night, but when I pinched myself, I was merely seated at my computer. When I planned my tour, I really didn’t know what I was getting into. I had heard about blog tours and how successful they could be for a book promotion, so I jumped right in and planned one. Little did I know that I would lose major sleep trying to write guest posts and answer interview questions for 14 days straight! It was crazy, but very amazing. Can’t wait until the next one which has already been scheduled for July 21-27, 2013, and a third which will coincide with the release of my first novel, is scheduled for August 22 – September 5, 2013. You guys stay tuned!
MF: Kirsten and the Big Blue Tree is your recently released children’s book. You also have a “as-yet-to-be-titled novel” due to be released in August. Would you mind sharing a little about both?
NJ: “Kirsten and the Big Blue Tree” was originally scheduled to be released on the 30th of June, but we ran into a few problems with our illustrations for the book. BUT, no worries, we have rescheduled the release for hopefully the end of this month (July). My novel, which is still untitled at this time, is about ‘a girl who feels unloved by her mother and a little too loved by her stepfather’, if you will allow your mind to wander, you know where I’m going with this. She escapes one hell and ends up in another, but we will have to go along with her on this journey to see how she gets through it all, IF she gets through it all, and hopefully, we’ll celebrate a happy ending with her. I don’t know. You will all have to get the book as soon as it hits Amazon. The release date is August 22nd, and it will occur on schedule!
MF: You’ve told me that your privacy is very important to you. What challenges have you faced in maintaining your privacy while establishing your author platform?
NJ: Yes, my privacy is extremely important to me. I don’t really know how celebrities do it. I have never been a tweeter before or a Facebook fan, but I have been introduced to these two forums merely for the promotion of my work. I am still very skeptical about them both, as you never know who is sitting behind a keyboard and what their real intentions are. Sometimes, I think we forget that we are not in the “real” world when we form these relationships from behind our keyboards, and we tend to get a little too familiar with SCREEN NAMES, but caution is always key with me. So what I do, is I use the forums for ONLY business. I don’t divulge any deeply personal information and I don’t post any personal pictures, either. That’s a definite no-no in my book.
MF: Did you seek to publish your books through traditional means or was self-publishing your goal?
NJ: I’m quite sure that every author has dreamed of publishing traditionally, I mean how easy would that be, and I will readily admit that I’m hoping to wake up one day and know that I have a publisher and a big publishing house backing me. But until that time, I am a proud Indie Author, and so very thankful that this avenue was available to me to share my work with the world. Had it not been, I’m sure ONLY my family and friends would still be enjoying everything I write.
MF: What were the goals and intentions of each of your books? Do you feel you achieved them?
NJ: Well the goals and intentions of my first book “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE…” was to help parents properly navigate the world of GIRLS. I hear so many parents say “I wish she had been a boy”, and it saddens me. I have never wished that my daughters were sons, because they have made me the proudest mom in all the world, each and every day that they have been on loan to me. And I say “on loan” because I know that GOD loaned these angels from heaven. I think he sent them here to teach ME, because I am nothing like them. Nothing! I am in awe of them daily and when I tell them that I admire them, they think it’s funny. But I really do! They are so amazing! But back to the intention of that book… I’ve always wanted to raise my daughters in a world that was prettier, safer, nicer and more wholesome. But, I could only leave that for them if there were other parents teaching their daughters the same, so I wanted to share the blueprint to make it easier for parents to raise (Almost) Perfect Daughters. The goal of “Kirsten and the Big Blue Tree” is to teach little kids to use their imaginations, to aid them in learning their colors and to show that little people who are pretty advanced in the mind, really do house pretty big thoughts in those little minds. I don’t want to share too much about the novel, because it’s so easy for me to spoil it all for you.
MF: What do you read? What do you re-read?
NJ: I literally read EVERYTHING! But, to be more specific, I read lots of novels, health and fitness books/magazines, poetry and I am a huge blog and website reader. Lock me in a room with a blog that has been awesomely written and you won’t hear a peep from me for days. My hubby has thought about this a lot, since he says I talk too much!
MF: What is your favorite writing tip or quote?
NJ I don’t know that this can be called a writing tip, but there is a quote that I use ALL the time on Twitter to get everyone to support each other, so I guess it can be applied to writing as anything else. It goes ‘a candle loses nothing by lighting another candle’. I take that to mean that if you are sitting on a wealth of knowledge in whatever arena you’re in, share it! Help someone else become as successful as you, and their success will not diminish or cloud yours one iota.
MF: Do you have any advice for other writers?
NJ: Advice for other writers, yes, I think I might have just a tad. When I was first introduced to Twitter, I sat in quietly and watched from the sidelines before I got involved in anything. When I was looking for hosts for my first blog tour, I was given the nastiest advice by someone on Twitter (who’s Avatar was her pretty, smiling face) who obviously thought she had been crowned Queen of Twitterland, and if I hadn’t been as strong willed and of strong mind as I am, I would have probably closed up Twitter shop that day and quit. When I asked if she would host me on my tour for a day, she literally said to me that I was new here, and I needed to put in ‘my time here’ as she had, and form relationships before I started asking for favors OR everyone would decline to host me. I was so shocked, but used that as the propellant that I needed to make it all happen. Once I unfollowed her (which I did immediately), I dove right into filling every spot on my tour and I literally had it all done in two days! My advice to up and coming authors, would be to jump right in and ignore all the naysayers. If you sit around waiting for what others might feel is the right time for you, nothing will ever happen. If I had taken this person’s horrible advice, I would definitely not be here working on blog tours two and three. When I decided to IGNORE her advice, every person that I asked after her was a YES! So do you, on your own timeline. And remember, for every NO you get, there are three Yes’ waiting around the next corner.
MF: If you could jump into a book, and live in that world … which would it be?
NJ: My favorite book of all time is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I have read that book 50 million times over, since I was in 6th grade. I so wanted to be Jo March, and in my mind, I was Jo March. She embodied everything that I am. She was strong, independent and she definitely didn’t hold her tongue when there was something that needed to be said. So, I am her, she is me, so here’s the warning: watch out world, Jo March has been re-incarnated!
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