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 hard-working Reviews Co-Ordinator,  Author, Beem Weeks!!! 

{Beem is bobbing his head to one of his favorite tunes,Word Crimes.”  Well, he is the “reviews” guy}

On The Shelf Author Pic

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

Beem:  It’s mostly smooth. I was worried about getting slivers. I’m glad the RRBC took the time to sand the shelf. Quite comfy!

NJ:  Hmmmm, pretty “slick” of you to sneak in the title of your latest release, SLIVERS OF LIFE.  Let’s start by confirming whether or not your author name is your birth name or a pen name?

Beem: My author name is a pen name. No mother in her right mind would name her kid Beem! My real name is being used by a successful fantasy writer. “Beem” is a play on my real initials.

NJ:  Well, author, otherwise known as “Beem,” tell us where you were born?  Do you still live there now?  If not, what city and state are you calling home these days?

Beem:  I was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan. With the exception of a couple of years in the 1980s, I’ve lived in Lansing my whole life. (I gave Florida and Georgia a try in 1988 and 1989.)

NJ:  Married or single?

Beem:  I am gratefully and happily divorced.

NJ:  Kids or no?  If yes, how many?  Sons or Daughters?

Beem:  I have one daughter and one son. (Also, twin granddaughters.)

NJ:  Congrats on the grand-daughters!  Aren’t girls fab?  Out of your two kids, who’s your favorite child? (And be honest…I’m sure they’re not reading this interview):

Beem:  No favorites. That wouldn’t feel right to me. They both offer the world something special all their own.

NJ:  Pets?  What kind?

Beem:  No pets currently. I’ve had many cats and dogs over the years. I had a couple of ponies as a child. I showed competitively in horse shows in 4H and open class back in the 1970s.

NJ:  Impressive!  So, what’s your favorite food?

Beem:  Steak! With a little steak on the side! Flame-broiled on the grill!

NJ:  LOL!  That’s hilarious!  What about your favorite color…

Beem:  Probably red. At least it was when I was ten years old.

NJ:  Yea, I guess men don’t really keep up with that kind of stuff.  Favorite sport…

Beem:  Baseball. But I am a huge football, basketball, hockey, and tennis fan. I support all the Detroit professional teams, as well as Michigan State University.

NJ:  Favorite TV Show…

Beem:  The Walking Dead. But I also enjoy shows like Justified and Madmen.

NJ:  Favorite Actress/Actor…

Beem:  Meryl Streep. Marlon Brando. I’m a huge movie fan. I study actors and their performances. There are so many amazing actors working today. Meryl Streep is probably the greatest ever.

NJ:  I adore Meryl Streep!  That is one lady who is aging just the way I want to do it…Gorgeously!  Meryl Streep Couch potato or workout nut? Be honest.

Beem:  I work out regularly. I wouldn’t say I’m a nut about it—the way I was ten years ago. I need to get my blood pumping most days to stay in shape.  Use it or lose it.

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).

Beem:  Negativity in people is such a drag. I’ve come across people who can’t find any good in the world, and they’re eager to tell EVERYBODY!

NJ:  I know what you mean, Beem.  (*Whispering*…”So what have you heard about that Harmz lately?”)  OK, enough of that negativity…are you neat or messy?

Beem:  Neat. Even as a child I was always neat and tidy.

NJ:  Good for you!  Now you won’t have to be banned to that island that I want all messy folks sent to.  What’s your vice…Facebook or Twitter?

Beem:  Twitter. I have over 20,000 followers and growing. On Facebook, well, I’m no longer involved. Twitter offers that quick message with instant feedback. Facebook seems so fickle.

NJ:  Sounds like a story there.  (Tell me later).  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.

Beem:  Yasmin Correa (Author Y. Correa) on Facebook, and Jenny Lloyd (@jennyoldhouse) on Twitter. But there are many other dear souls who have been so important to growing the Beem Weeks brand. Nonnie, you are one of those vital and important souls. Your invitation into RRBC via Twitter (@NonnieJules) has truly been a blessing.

NJ:  -_______________-  (Hopefully none of you remember his last interview.  Seems I’ve been demoted.) Hmmmm…should’ve taken a little longer getting this interview up.

What confused dog

 Moving along…who’s your favorite…Nonnie Jules or Wonderwoman? Be honest.

Beem:  Nonnie Jules. Wonderwoman has yet to write a book that’s impressed me. Besides, Nonnie is real. Wonderwoman…not so much.

NJ:  Uh, Beem…I guess you missed the memo that Nonnie and WW are one and the same?  That’s OK.  So, everyone knows the names Mark Twain and Stephen King but how about you give us two names of some INDIE authors that you favor.

Beem:  S. Rose is one. Stephen Geez would be another.

NJ:  What is it about them that you’ve come to like?

Beem:  S. Rose’s debut novel is just a fantastic read. Well written and very entertaining. Stephen Geez is my mentor. Without his support, I’m not sitting here on the shelf answering your questions.

NJ:  I love the way you give kudos to Stephen.  I find that people find that hard to do these days.  It’s like, if they pump up another, it will somehow dim their own light.  (SMH=Shaking My Head).  The mentality of some.  Share with us one of your favorite INDIE books that you’ve read.

Beem:  What Sara Saw by Stephen Geez.

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

Beem:  Always! In the last four years, I’ve posted reviews for pretty much every book I’ve read during that time.

NJ:  Now I must give you Kudos!  Great job!  What do you think readers should base their reviews on?

Beem:  Honesty! Did they enjoy the book? Is it well written and properly edited?

NJ:  You’re a man after my own heart!  Exactly!  You and I should start teaching those review classes we’ve been talking about for a while at RRBC.  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?

Beem:  Honesty is truly the best policy. However, I’m not here to crush another writer’s dream. If I think a book sucks, I’ll say so with love and kindness. I have no problem being honest with my reviews; there’s just no need to be nasty about it.

NJ:  Read any poorly written books lately?

Beem:  Not lately. I tend to read reviews before committing to new purchases. But I have a few bad ones on my Kindle—some of which were free.

NJ:  OK, so are you an author?

Beem:  Yes, though some people might disagree with that answer.

NJ:  Why would some disagree with that?  You are one of the most talented writers I know!  How long have you been writing?

Beem:  Since the age of eight. I started with short stories, and I co-wrote a play at age ten. As a young adult I wrote record and concert reviews.

NJ:  What books have you written?

Beem:  A historical fiction/coming-of-age novel called Jazz Baby  and a short story collection entitled Slivers of Life.

NJ:  Which one do you think is the best?

Beem:  Well, I would have to say Jazz Baby—but only because it’s my first novel.

NJ:  Do you have a blog or website?

Beem:   I do.,  Koobug and a few other places.

NJ:  Name two great online resources or organizations that every author should belong to.

Beem:   RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB is without a doubt the best online source of support to which an indie author can belong.  This amazing community is growing into a powerhouse in the indie world.  Koobug is good, too. (Revised).

NJ:  Which online resource or organization has helped you as an author the most?

Beem:  RRBC has been the game-changer.  The club has increased my sales and heightened  my online profile.  It’s become the starting point for the next level – and the next level, and the next level!

shocked dog

(What’s all these levels he’s talking about?  Hmmm, better keep my eye on him)

NJ:  How were you helped by them?

Beem:  When we support others, they tend to support us right back.  This shines through at RRBC.  Support is that one important X factor that separates it from other clubs.  Nothing in this world beats support.

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?

Beem:  RRBC is this amazing concept that is growing into something truly special. I believe this could become hugely successful. The very idea of support among fellow members is just a no-brainer. Yet, before RRBC took shape, nobody else had come up with the idea. Kudos for such a fantastic idea!

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

Beem:  Nothing quite like Rave Reviews Book Club exists out there—at least not where I’ve seen.

NJ:  Would you recommend it to your friends and family?

Beem:  Most certainly! And I have. Some have joined, others may still yet join.

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

Beem:  INDIE Authors looking for support, RRBC is the best place to be.  Members buy, read and review fellow member’s books.  And we DO NOT trade reviews, so you’ll only get honesty – and a boost in sales!  If you’re not an RRBC member, you’re missing an incredible ride.

NJ:  Thank you so much for joining us here today, Beem!  I know it wasn’t on our regular interview day, but I’ve been so busy, my interviews have fallen behind.  Better late than never, though, ‘eh?  You have made our interview on the SHELF today fun, informative and quick, so THANK YOU!  To my guests, please support Beem by picking up a copy of one of his books!  And he’s so supportive, you DO want to connect with him on Twitter in two places:  @voiceofindie and @beemweeks.

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


A+ Jazz Baby 2 Front Cover




55 responses

  1. Beem, Please accept my apologies. I cannot seem to paste my review for Rave Soup for the Writer’s Soul anywhere in the Rave Reviews Club Blog. Can someone help? I’ve not been as busy as I would like due to moving and waiting for Internet, but intend to catch up. 🙂 Thanks for this interview.

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  2. Great interview “Beem”, cool to get to know more about you and your writing inspirations. I’m from MI originally as well. Awesome State to grow up in!


  3. Another great interview, Nonnie and Beem! Thanks for sharing with us. 🙂


  4. Thanks for this interview with Beem, Nonnie. It’s fun and enlightening at the same time. Congrats, Beem!


  5. Another great interview! Thank you both. I learned a lot and laughed a lot — couldn’t have asked for more!


  6. Another great interview – and I think Beem is a great name!!


  7. I just finished Jazz Baby as it happens, so I couldn’t agree more with you, Nonnie: Beem is a fantastic writer!


  8. Excellent interview, Beem and Nonnie. Great to hear that Beem is not your real name! But super choice as a pen name.


  9. Enjoyed the interview! Great to know more about you Beem! 🙂


  10. Thank you for sharing about yourself Beem. It’s really lovely to get to know a little about the members through the interviews and blogs. I just took a look at Slivers of Life on Amazon. The cover & the description moved it right to my TBR list. Best of luck to all your “babies”…grandkids included!


  11. Another fabulous interview! Great to learn more about you Beem. Have an amazing week as SPOTLIGHT author. You deserve it for all of the time and support you give to other members of #RRBC


  12. Oh the things we learn from those on the shelf with Nonnie!


  13. Reblogged this on Writing and Music and commented:
    Having read Jazz Baby, I would agree that Beem Weeks is a talented writer!


  14. Loved the interview. You both did well.


  15. Nice interview. I was expecting a bit of a shove off the shelf, but I see you have your hands firmly grasping the edge. 🙂


  16. Beem, would love to know your real name…I always wondered where Beem came from. Wonderful interview and fun too. Got to know both of you better.
    I loved Jazz Baby…well written and interesting plot and characters.


  17. Yes–how to “better know Beem Weeks,” –and his interviewer too! A fun interview plus new insights into RRBC’s potential.


  18. […] Source: Beem Weeks in “WHO’S ON THE SHELF WITH NONNIE JULES?” […]

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  19. Beem, it’s always interesting reading what you write. Silly me had thought your real name was Beem! Now I must compliment you on a good name choice rather than your parents!


  20. Great job, Beem and Nonnie! 😀


  21. Reblogged this on RAVE REVIEWS BY NONNIE JULES and commented:

    Check out BEEM WEEKS’ Who’s On The Shelf Interview w/Nonnie Jules!


  22. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

    OOPS! I’ve already been here.


  23. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

    Great Interview! Sorry I’m so late getting over here to join you. I learned some new things again. So much knowledge in RRBC. Congrats Beem!!


  24. Loved the interview….but still curious about your real name! Looking forward to reading your books.


  25. Reblogged this on TheKingsKidChronicles and commented:
    This is a site I want to know more about. I also want to (eventually) learn how to get interviewed on some of these author promotion sites. But I don’t have anything new ready to publish. Still, I’m posting this in hopes that it will help other authors.


  26. Hi Beem, good fencing! I could feel you taking great care not to fall off the shelf, and in the end, you made it still on it. Congrats for being so frank and open minded. I enjoyed knowing you better.


  27. Hi Beem, excellent interview and now I know for sure yoy are a man–with that name I wasn’t sure. I am also writing a book collection with a working title of ‘Slices of Life’–I like yours better. Now I changed mine to ‘Don’t Pluck the Duck.” Anything to grab a reader’s attention, right.? Nonnie behaved herself too–sure that was Nonnie> 😀


    1. Thanks, Micki. Photos of me (as well as my bio) on this site and a thousand other sites scattered across the internet should be the dead giveaway that Beem (me) is indeed a man! “Slices of Life” is a good title. Mine is called “Slivers of Life”. “Don’t Pluck the Duck” is certainly an attention grabber. As for Nonnie behaving herself, well, this black eye says that may or may not be the case!

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  28. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

    Beem and Nonnie, good interview!


  29. Nonnie, loved the review with Beem Weeks on the shelf, truly fascinated with the background!
    kind regards Lynda aka karmashadow


  30. Great interview, Beem. I hope you enjoyed that steak!


    1. Thanks, Michelle. I enjoyed the steak AND the interview!


  31. “I’m glad the RRBC took the time to sand the shelf.”

    She didn’t, Beem. That was our bums that did the sanding, as we were being shoved off the shelf! 😀

    Great to find out more about you. 🙂


    1. You may be on to something, Nicholas!

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  32. harmonykentonline | Reply

    Hope your black eye’s not too sore, Beem! On the plus side: you got your steak! LOL Another hillarious On The Shelf Interview! Giggling away sitting at my computer 🙂 It’s great to get to know you better 🙂


  33. Great interview–enjoyed it!


  34. Another great interview! For anyone who hasn’t read it, Jazz Baby is an exceptionally good read!


  35. Loved it!! So nice to find out more about our illustrious Beem!!

    I love reference to me in the “positive people you know” area, or did I just read really far into that?

    Talkative… (Grumble grumble) 😀

    Great job Beem and Nonnie! Nice to give our guy a steak that will heal and a black eye and then be flame broiled for his fav dinner?

    <33 Starkey


    1. Thanks, Laurie! That steak went well with the baked potato and side salad!

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  36. Reblogged this on Be My Guest and commented:
    Learn about a dear #RRBC board member and friend Beem Weeks. I have read both of the books mentioned and highly recommend them.


  37. Great interview Nonnie and Beem. Although I am surprised that Beem didn’t fall off. He seemed at times perilously close to being pushed (falling) off the shelf.


    1. See, I strapped myself to the shelf. So all that shoving Nonnie tried couldn’t budge me! Thank you for your comments, Kathryn. I truly appreciate it.


  38. Congratulation, Beem. Now why wouldn’t a mother name a child that? It’s a unique name. 🙂


    1. Yeah. Unique. Some might call it silly. But it’s unlike any other name out there, so it serves its purpose. Thanks for the comment, Rebecca!!!


  39. Great interview. So nice to get to know the person I email my read and reviewed comments to!


    1. Thanks, Laurie! Always a pleasure to hear from you!


  40. Another great interview, Nonnie… just what the doctor ordered!! Beem, I’m so pleased you survive with just a black eye… or two. But look! You got a steak in compensation!!


    1. Thanks, John! The steak sure was juicy!


  41. Great interview, Beem and Nonnie!


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