Michelle Abbott in “WHO’S ON THE SHELF WITH NONNIE JULES?”


Hello and welcome to “WHO’S ON THE SHELF?” with yours truly, Nonnie Jules!  Since we are a book club, you know we had to offer something that included a book shelf.  A lot of interviews merely cover an author’s work or an individual’s career stories.  Here on this “SHELF,”  we get down and dirty and ask the questions no other interviewer dare ask.  We ask the questions that you want to open up a book and find the answers to on your favorite authors and fellow book club members, but no one has dared to cover them.  WE get personal!  Because when you sit on the RRBC “SHELF,” YOU are an open book!

Today I have with me on the “SHELF” our Current “SPOTLIGHT” Author and RRBC’S “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR CO-ORDINATOR, MICHELLE ABBOTT!!! 

{Michelle strolls in, tipping to the music I have playing in the background:  “MONSTER MASH”  by Bobby “Boris” Pickett,  and no, thank you, I’m afraid of monsters so I won’t be singing that song! I’m playing it strictly because my guest requested it!}

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NJ:  Before we get started, how does the “shelf” feel to you?  Is it comfy?

MiMi:  {Michelle swings her short legs} It’s a little high, but very comfy.

NJ:  Let’s start by confirming whether or not your author name is your birth name or a pen name?

MiMi:  Michelle Abbott is my birth name.

NJ:  Here at work (RRBC), we call you MiMi, because everyone here has a nickname.  I know folks are looking and wondering “who the heck is that MiMi person speaking?”  So, tell us where you were born?  Do you still live there now?  If not, what city and state are you calling home these days?

MiMi:  I was lived most of my life in South East London. Three years ago I moved to an historic little town which is surrounded by countryside and ten minutes’ drive from the sea. I like it here but I miss the ethnic diversity of the city, and the London people. It’s hard to explain, but people here are different than what I’m used to and I still feel like an outsider.

NJ:  Well, that’s sad to hear.  You will have to tell me later “how”  those people are different from what you’re used to. We don’t have that kind of time right now {Thank goodness}  Married or single?

MiMi:  Happily divorced

NJ:  Oh my!  -______-  Well, OK!  Kids or no?  If yes, how many?  Sons or Daughters?

MiMi:  Two awesome kids who are now both adults. Sons or daughters…I wonder sometimes! My son’s hair is almost as long as mine

NJ:  Oh, I will have tons of “personal”  questions for you after the show.  You must elab for me!  I’m an inquisitive mind, but the other nosey folks don’t need to be all up in your business, MiMi.  So, who’s your favorite child? (and be honest…I’m sure they’re not reading this interview):

MiMi:  They won’t be reading this interview; they haven’t even read my books yet! I don’t have a favourite. I find it hard to believe that I raised two children who are both so amazing. They are better human beings than I will ever be.

NJ:  Stop the presses!  Now, MiMi, I’ve never put it quite that way, but I will say the same about my two babies!  Geez, I love kids!  OK, do you guys have pets?  If so, what kind?

MiMi:  No pets currently but I’ve owned goldfish, a canary, a rabbit and a cat in the past.

NJ:  You know what, Mims…{Sometimes her nickname, gets nicked even more}, I don’t like cats but you actually LOOK like a cat-lover.  I can tell who likes cats and who doesn’t like cats.  You can LOOK at me, and my entire being is a walking billboard which reads:  KEEP CATS AWAY FROM ME!!!  And yes, that billboard is shouting those words.  What’s your favorite food?

MiMi:  Chinese chicken in lemon sauce with fried rice.

NJ:  Mmmmm, I’m a pretty finicky eater, but that actually sounds pretty good.  Make me some and bring it over the next time you come for coffee.  Tell us your favorite color…

MiMi:  Green.

NJ:  Yep, you do look like a green person to me.  I just know these things, people! Favorite sport?

MiMi:  I don’t play any sports but I enjoy watching the World Cup football and the Olympics.

NJ:  OK, Favorite TV Show…

MiMi:  I can’t choose just one! {-______-  Here we go *Sigh*} Breaking Bad is my all-time favourite. I’m late to the party but I’m currently binge watching Game of Thrones. I also like Hannibal, and Orange is the New Black.

NJ:  Moving right along, because I know nothing about either.  Who’s your favorite Actress and Actor?

MiMi:  Christian Bale.

NJ:  Really?  You mean the good-looking guy who was born Jan 30, 1974 in Haverfordwest in the UK, who stands 6’0, is married to Sibi Blazic, and won an Academy Award?  That guy?  LOL, OK, I really didn’t just happen to know all that about him, he got Googled.  But he is cute and I do LIKE his acting, although I didn’t know his name right off the bat.  {And if he is no longer married to this Sibi chick, I don’t need any of you smart-alecs leaving comments that he’s divorced! In my mind, he is still Mr. Sibi Blazic!}Christian Bale for MiMis interview

So, are you a couch potato or workout nut? Be honest

MiMi:  I’m more of a couch potato because I spend a lot of my time on writing and crafts, but I do enjoy going for walks in the countryside, or by the sea.

NJ:  Biggest pet peeve that makes you want to stomach-punch somebody?: (For the record, NJ does not condone violence but she does believe in being honest so she has to admit that there are times when she feels like some friendly stomach-punching is a little necessary).

MiMi:  Bullying and cruelty in any form. Brain dead idiots, who feel it’s their duty to shout out a comment from the window of their car as they speed past. I was once out walking with my elderly father when one such fool yelled out, “He’s old enough to be your father.” Err…yeah, that’s because he is my father! I wonder if they would be so bold if they didn’t have the safety of their speeding car and were standing toe to toe with me in the street. I truly believe some people should be removed from the gene pool!

NJ:  Mimi, you know I, too, feel like they should all be banned to IDIOT ISLAND!  Are you neat or messy?

MiMi:  I’d describe my home as an organized mess. If it’s too tidy I can never find anything!

NJ:  Facebook or Twitter?

MiMi:  I like them both.

NJ:  Really?  Hmmm, FB isn’t really my true friend yet, as is Twitter.  But, we’re working on that relationship.  Name two of the most supportive people you’ve met on either Facebook or Twitter? Hurry and tell us so we can become their friend.

MiMi:  It’s hard to name just two! P.J. Belden, who I met on Facebook, and Sharon, who blogs as “Sharon’s Book Nook.” She has read and reviewed all three of my books.

NJ:  I’m just curious?  Is she ultra-supportive BECAUSE she’s read and reviewed all three of your books?  Hmmm….interesting, MiMi.  Nonnie Jules or Wonderwoman? Be honest

MiMi:  It has to be you, Nonnie. I think you are a wonder woman for putting a group like this together.

NJ:  Awww, thanks, Mims!  Everyone knows the names Mark Twain and Stephen King but how about you give us two names of some INDIE authors that you favor

MiMi:  Stella Telleria and Cynthia St. Aubin

NJ:  Nope, never heard of either.  What is it about them that you’ve come to like?

MiMi:  Stella’s book ‘Across the Wire’ was different than anything else I’ve read. It was set in an alternate universe where women ruled and men were seen as the underclass. Cynthia’s books are utterly crazy, romantic and hilarious. A hit man, stuffing Eros into a bowling bag, for example!

NJ:  That alternate universe sounds like where Wonder Woman was from.  Remember?  Name two favorite INDIE books that you’ve read:

MiMi:  Jaden Baker by Courtney Kirchoff and Perfect opposite by Zoya Tessi

NJ:  MiMi, would you name some folks that I know!  Geez!  I can’t keep running to Google, you know.  ONE good INDIE book you read that was so good you wished the entire world would read it…

MiMi:  Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts

NJ:  What was so great about it?

MiMi:  It’s a very dark and intense romance. In the beginning it had me hating the main male character with a passion. By the end of the book I was rooting for him. Any story that can turn me around like that is a 5 star in my book.

NJ:  After you read books, do you post reviews?

MiMi:  Always {For those of you who can’t see MiMi right now, she answered that question with attitude.  The look on her face said:  “I sure as heck do.  Whether it’s good or bad.”…LOL}

NJ:  What do you think readers should base their reviews on?

MiMi:  I base mine on my enjoyment of the book. Did it hold my interest? Did I want to keep turning the pages? Did it make me feel something? I’ll only mention grammatical errors if there are a lot of them. I can overlook a few errors if the story is good.

NJ:  Are you one of those who are afraid to be honest in their reviews lest the author gets upset with you, or is honesty your best policy, especially in reviews?

MiMi:  Knowing how hard it is to write a book I would never trash another’s work. I always find something positive to say but my star rating always represents what I honestly thought of the book.

NJ:  Read any poorly written books lately?

MiMi:  No. I’ve enjoyed all the books I’ve read recently but I’m picky and won’t read a book unless I think I’m going to enjoy it.

NJ:  Are you an author?

MiMi:  Yes.

NJ:  How long have you been writing?

MiMi:  Almost two years.

NJ:  It seems a lot of us started about the same time.  I’m noticing that and a lot of us, should have started a long time ago, because there are some awesome, under-discovered writers out there.  What books have you written?

MiMi:  I’ve written three new adult romances. The first two are part of a series.

In Chains (In Chains #1) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C7DJER8

Locked Together (In Chains #2) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FIOKXLY

Just Stay http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KECDKGA

NJ:  Which one do you think is the best?

MiMi:  In Chains is my favourite because it’s my first book and the story had been floating around in my mind for years.

NJ:  Do you have a blog or website?

MiMi:  I have a website at http://www.michelleabbott.com and also a blog where I post reviews, along with promos, tours and cover reveals for other authors http://michelle-abbott.weebly.com/

NJ:  Hold on! I’m having to get the sleep out of my eyes, because I thought the word “promo” you had above said “porno.”  I was like:  “Now wait one minute, Ms. MiMi!  This is not the Jerry Springer Show.  This is the NJ Show.  Always clean, but always un-cut, so watch out, now! LOL” Whew!  Moving on…name three great online resources or organizations that every author should belong to:

MiMi:  Rave Reviews Book Club, IAN (Independent Author Network) and that one that you don’t allow spoken on your shelf.

NJ:  That’s right, MiMi.  Too much negativity over there and I refuse to promote it in any way.  Which online resource or organization has helped you as an author the most?

MiMi:  Rave Reviews Book Club.

NJ:  That’s awesome!  That really is what 100% of the people say.  Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  How has RRBC helped you, Mims?

MiMi:  Members have reviewed my latest book. I’ve gained many followers on Twitter. Members have tweeted about my books and I’ve met like-minded authors and made friends.

NJ:  Since you’re sitting on the SHELF, you’re obviously a Rave Reviews Book Club member, so what do you think of the club?

MiMi:  Obviously I think it’s the best, I wouldn’t be on the board otherwise! Rave Reviews Book Club offers so many opportunities to be promoted and reviewed. Most of the members are very supportive, it’s like one big family.

NJ:  Have you come across any other online entities like it?

MiMi:  No. It’s innovative. One of a kind.

NJ:  Well, we’d like to think of it that way.  People have said, “Watch out, there will be copy-cats popping up all over.”  I say:  “That can’t do what I’ve done here, because I have secret weapons that made this organization great.  And they all have names!”  {Winking at my TEAM} Would you recommend it to your friends and family?

MiMi:  Absolutely.

NJ:  This shelf is getting hard on my hiney, so we’re going to wrap this interview up.  Any final words?

MiMi:  It’s easy to get discouraged when you hear of success stories in self-publishing and your own books aren’t selling so well. It’s tempting to write what you know will sell. Stick with writing what you love because it’s more authentic. There will be people who love your stories…write for them. If it’s money you want, you’re probably better off in another profession. Write the stories you want to read.

NJ:  Thank you so much for joining us here today, MiMi!  In your house that is, because the “SPOTLIGHT” department is yours!  You make this happen for others and so now we’re celebrating you for that.  That was an awesome interview and you already know you’re on my FAVES list!   You have made our interview on the SHELF today fun, informative and it was easy, so my THANKS to you!  To my guests, please support Michelle by picking up a copy of one of her books!  You can also support MiMi by visiting her blog stops on her tour which ends on Saturday.  You can find the tour line up here.

Just Stay by Michelle Abbott

In Chains by Michelle Abbott

Locked Together by Michelle Abbott

Have you joined Rave Reviews Book Club yet?  Well, here’s your chance!  And since MiMi was on the “SHELF” today, tell them she sent you.  Make it a great day, my friends.  We’ll see you next week, right here on the SHELF” with a VERY, VERY, VERY INTERESTING GUEST!!

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40 responses

  1. Another fun interview, Nonnie…I, for one, love nicknames! “MiMi,” it’s a pleasure to get to know another RRBC member from the other side of the Atlantic. Your books sound intriguing: Just Stay, In Chains, and Locked Together. A definite message there!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Linda. LOL, yes, I guess my books all have a similar theme 🙂

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  2. Hi Michelle, so nice to meet an author from ‘across the pond’. I know what you mean about the city/country transition. I live in NYC and the people are both the worst and of the best of humanity. Yet a good one will help a stranger and do anything for you while the country folk are great butthey take a long time accepting strangers. Your interview was cool as usual with the ‘Great Nonnie’. I’ll be checking out your books.

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    1. Thanks, Micki. I’ve added And The Whippoorwill Sang to my TBR. It will no doubt move me to tears!

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  3. Congratulations Michelle for your turn on the shelf. i always learn something new from these interviews, and your is full of such new information. I see your are sitting pretty, have fun.

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    1. Thanks, Joy. I look forward to Nonnie’s interviews & getting to know my fellow authors. It was fun to sit on the shelf!

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  4. Fabulous interview, Michelle & Nonnie!! Entertaining AND enlightening as always!! 🙂 By the way, my horror-obsessed self loves the photo!

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    1. Thanks, Marlena. It’s one of my fave photos and was completely unplanned 🙂

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  5. Hi Mimi, great interview! And Nonnie, as always you are a FAB interviewer! I too love Breaking Bad. I mean, what’s not to love? I always say, character development doesn’t get any better than that show. Also, Christian Bale is gorgeous (and a mighty fine actor), so great choice. 🙂 By the way, I picked up Just Stay today, and I’m really looking forward to diving into it. Congrats on your SPOTLIGHT Author nomination and thanks for a great SPOTLIGHT Chat today on Twubs! Best wishes always. xoxo

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    1. Thanks Danica. My Spotlight chat was awesome. It’s a shame my internet connection failed right at the end! But I had a blast. Thank you for putting it all together.

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  6. Mims, so glad you are enjoying your time on the shelf with me! And boy, you seem to have tons of folks stopping by to check out your interview! Good for you!!!

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    1. That was a great interview, Michelle and Nonnie! Nonnie, it’s very clear you love to have fun on that shelf!

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      1. John, this shelf is a lot of work but it is so entertaining, I tend to overlook how much it takes to put these interviews together. But, the attention that is garnered here, is phenomenal! Anyone blessed enough to get invited, well, they are in for a real treat. Case in point: I already have one of MiMi’s books. But this interview, which she gave so splendidly (I mean this was one of my most flawless interviews yet), has prompted me to GET all of her books. It’s obvious from the way she gives an interview that she’s an awesome writer. CONGRATS, again, Mims!!!!

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    2. I’m loving my time on the shelf. Nonnie, your interviews are the best ever! It was so much fun 🙂

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      1. Yes they are! It is always fun to run over here on Thursday to read the latest. Yours was fabulous.

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    3. Nonnie, I’ve just seen your response to John. Thank you so much for the great compliment! Coming from you that means a lot because your writing is amazing 🙂

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  7. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

    Mary are you excited? I know I was. I’m still trying to let go. Enjoy it!! lol.

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    1. Who is Mary????-_______-

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      1. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

        OOps my mistake. Don’t know how that happened — the name that is. Michelle I Enjoyed your interview “on the shelf.” I know about the movie “Orange is the New Black” because it has been promoted on the air waves quite often. I do want to see the premiere (or maybe its already on). Its hard for me to catch up with all the movies too. There’s one called “Black-ish) that premiered last night and it was good. I think its going to be a hit. Anyway Michele good luck on your tour.

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    2. Thanks for stopping by Shirley. I’ve had a wonderful week so far 🙂

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  8. Nice interview, ladies. Wonderful to get to know you better Michelle. Love the monster, by the way. LOL

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Nancy.

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  9. Loved your interview with Nonnie, Michelle. Always good to learn about our fellow authors (even with the tongue in cheek comments – LOL)

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    1. Thanks Judith. I love Nonnie’s interviews, they are unique 🙂

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  10. Congrats Mimi! I truly loved your interview with Nonnie. Be careful getting down from the high shelf. Enjoy your “Spotlight”. You deserve it.

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    1. LOL! Thanks Kathryn. My short legs are the bane of my life, but I managed to get down from the shelf safely 🙂

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      1. I am glad you made it down safely. That is quite a climb to get to the shelf.

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  11. Marvelous Interview Michelle !!!
    And Nonnie does a wonderful as the interrogator. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Oops I meant to say interviewer. 😀 😀 😀

    Hopefully one day I’ll have the privilege of being place on the “hot seat. !!!”
    And I’m ready should that day ever come, as I’ve recently bought a pair of designer asbestos pants. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Robin. Nonnie’s interviews are unique, she really brings out the character behind the writing.

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  12. Lol – “I truly believe some people should be removed from the gene pool”. You should check out the Darwin awards; an award supposedly given out to people who have removed their genes from the gene pool in the most spectacular way.

    You can check out the top 10 entries on http://www.totallytop10.com/current-affairs/odd-news/top-10-darwin-awards

    My favorite:

    “In 2002 while trying to save money on fireworks a man came up with what he thought was a frugal solution. Having a hand grenade laying around, much like many of us do, the gentleman decided to use the explosive material inside the grenade to manufacture some homemade bottle rockets and Roman candles.

    Lacking so much as a screwdriver apparently, the man when for the next most delicate tool: a chainsaw. The results were obvious.”

    Thanks for the great interview! 🙂

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    1. LOL, Nicholas! Thanks for sharing! Yeah…seems logical to use a hand grenade to make your own fireworks!!

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  13. Great interview. Loved the write stories you want to read advice.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, John. I couldn’t write a story I didn’t love, I just wouldn’t be able to feel it!

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  14. harmonykentonline | Reply

    Awesometastic shelf interview, Michelle! I LOVE the photo! 😀 ❤ … hope you're having a fantastic spotlight week! :))

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    1. Thanks, Harmony. I’m having an awesome Spotlight 🙂 That photo was taken at a comic expo. I sat down to have a drink and the character from Dr Who sat down next to me and put his arm around my shoulder. He made me jump!

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  15. Congrats on the shelf Michelle you look good on it. Have a great day.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Mary.

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