Hello and welcome to “WHO’S ON THE SHELF?” with yours truly, Nonnie Jules! Since we are a book club, 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 final SA until September, Yvette M. Calleiro!
NJ: Before we get started, how does the “shelf” feel to you? Is it comfy?
Yvette: It feels pretty comfy to me. Cozy is more like it, especially since I’m sharing the shelf with such great authors.
NJ: Uh, actually you’re only sharing the shelf with one great author at the moment, Yvette…
(I’m just so darned cute, I could bite myself!)
Now that we’ve clarified that, let’s start by confirming whether or not your author name is your birth name or a pen name?
Yvette: It’s my real name, but not really my birth name. It’s my divorced-and-I-kept-his-last-name, name. LOL
NJ: Oh, my! A little too much TMI, Yvette…TMI. 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?
Yvette: I was born in Frankfurt, Germany. My dad was in the US Army for 24 years. I only lived in Germany for the first four months of my life. My permanent home is beautiful Miami, Florida. 🙂
NJ: Married again or single?
Yvette: Still happily divorced 🙂
NJ: Kids or no? If yes, how many? Sons or Daughters?
Yvette: I have an amazing little man who is 9 years old. He is my life. 🙂
NJ: He sounds awesome! Any Pets?
Yvette: I have a 300 gallon salt water fish tank with different kinds of fish. I gave up trying to remember what type or how many were in there.
NJ: I love fish…
So, what’s your favorite food?
Yvette: I love sushi, but I also love dark chocolate. Yum!
NJ: What’s your favorite color?
Yvette: Yellow and green are my favorite colors.
NJ: Well, I only asked for one,but OK. So, do you have a favorite sport?
Yvette: My favorite sport is spectator. lol! I love watching NFL, and I enjoy watching basketball and baseball sometimes as well, but I can’t play them at all. My son is very athletic, so I get to enjoy the sports through him.
NJ: Favorite TV Show?
Yvette: Hands down, my favorite TV show is Game of Thrones. Actually, I don’t watch TV, unless you want to count listening to Girl Meets World, Bunked, KC Undercover, and a few other kid shows playing in the background while I cook dinner. I just don’t have time for TV. A friend of mine got me hooked on GoT, and I make sure to make time for that.
NJ: Favorite Actress/Actor…
Yvette: Ian Somerhaulder…sigh! He’s a hottie!
NJ: Couch potato or workout nut? Be honest, now…
Yvette: I’m definitely NOT a couch potato. I enjoy working out and try to go at least three times a week, but sometimes that is hard for my schedule.
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).
Yvette: My biggest pet peeves are when people are judgmental, negative, and close-minded.
(Say hello to Judgmental, Negative and Close-Minded. Hey, Yvette, what’d they ever do to you? They’re just dogs!)
NJ: Are you neat or messy?
Yvette: Neat, for the most part. I can’t handle clutter.
NJ: Facebook or Twitter?
Yvette: I prefer Facebook, but I do see a purpose for Twitter. Facebook is just more personal to me. I have a lot of friends who live all over the world, and I enjoy seeing the pictures of them with their families.
NJ: 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.
Yvette: Kim Cox is hands down number one. She is always promoting my books, and I’m so grateful to her for that. And then it’s hard to pick because all of them are RRBC members! How awesome is that! 🙂
NJ: Nonnie Jules or Wonderwoman? Be honest…this is a really important election year. #MakeTheRightChoice
Yvette: Sorry, Nonnie. I love you, girl, but Wonder Woman and I have this thing from way back when. 😉
NJ: Everyone knows the names Mark Twain and Stephen King but how about you give us two names of some INDIE authors that you favor:
Yvette: I’m not sure if they are Indie. Would Cassandra Claire count? I think she started Indie, then went to dark side (jk), and I think she is going back to Indie. I love her work! I also loved Janelle Jalbert’s Triangulating Bliss.
NJ: What is it about them that you’ve come to like?
Yvette: Well, they are all fantasy/paranormal, and that is where my mind likes to go to escape reality. All of them are very different, but they draw me in and make me feel as if I am right there with the characters for the whole journey.
NJ: Name two favorite INDIE books that you’ve read:
Yvette: I already mentioned Triangulating Bliss by Janelle Jalbert. I also read Haunted Hearts by Kim Cox.
NJ: ONE good INDIE book you read that was so good you wished the entire world would read it:
Yvette: I would have to say Jessica: The autobiography of an Infant by Jeffrey Von Glahn. It is just one of those books that everyone needs to read, especially if you are a parent or will become a parent in the future.
NJ: What was so great about it?
Yvette: I’m fascinated with how the mind works, and this is a true story of a woman who can remember all the way back to when she was in her mother’s womb. It’s amazing to think of how much of our psyche and personality were formed from memories we don’t even recall. It made me stop and wonder about my words and actions from the time of my pregnancy until now and what kind of effect they’ve had on my son. Fortunately, I am not an angry, lashing out kind of person, so I think we’re good. But knowing that it’s possible for infants to pick up on words and actions and behaviors really makes you think twice about what you say and do in front of them.
NJ: After you read books, do you post reviews?
Yvette: Always! I will be honest… Before I became an author, I didn’t realize how important reviews were. I would give a book stars, but I never wrote anything. Now, I understand how precious the reviews are. So, I take the time to review every book I read in as much detail as I can.
NJ: What do you think readers should base their reviews on?
Yvette: Well, I base my review on enjoyment. Did I enjoy reading the book? Did I lose myself within the pages? That’s what a book is all about for me. I come across typos, but I don’t destroy a book for it. It happens. Even when you have professional editors checking books, it still happens. If I am able to lose myself in the story, then I know it was a good book.
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?
Yvette: I’m a horrible liar. At the same time, I hate destroying people. So, I tend to make sure that if I have to negatively critique a book, I find something positive to also say. I’ve been lucky enough to pick great books to read. Sometimes, I’ll lower the star count but focus on what I liked in the book. Then, I’ll send an email or direct message on Facebook or Twitter to the author to share what I didn’t like (usually, typos and grammar issues).
NJ: Read any poorly written books lately?
Yvette: Lately, everything I’ve read has been great, but I have read some books that don’t do much for me. One of them was The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
NJ: Yvette, how long have you been writing?
Yvette: I’ve been writing seriously as an author for six years. Before then, it was just casual writing here and there.
NJ: What books have you written?
Yvette: They are all part of the Chronicles of the Diasodz series:
…plus a third title (which Nonnie is too lazy to type). I am now working on the fourth book. I haven’t revealed the title yet.
NJ: Which one do you think is the best?
Yvette: That’s harder than picking my favorite child! I would have to say that, so far, The One Enlightened is my best (or at least, my favorite). That’s where the history of the Diasodz is revealed and where Ar’ch and Sofia give in to their feelings.
NJ: Do you have a blog or website?
Yvette: I sure do! http://yvettemcalleiro.blogspot.com
NJ: Name two great online resources or organizations that every author should belong to:
Yvette: Rave Reviews Book Club (of course) and Books Go Social.
NJ: Which online resource or organization has helped you as an author the most?
Yvette: Without a doubt, RRBC has been the most helpful and the most supportive! I feel a part of a true community of writers and readers. I love the encouragement that everyone gives each other.
NJ: How were you helped by us? Do tell!
Yvette: Well, I learned how to use Twitter more effectively because of RRBC. I learned how to make a book trailer because of their Holiday Train Book Trailer Block Party contest. And I’ve found great books from new authors to add to my own shelves.
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?
Yvette: It’s fantabulous! I’m a big believer in energy, and RRBC gives off great energy. There is so much encouragement and assistance in propelling everyone forward. It’s a place where people understand that lifting someone else up shines light on both the lifter and the lifted.
NJ: Have you come across any other online entities like it?
Yvette: I haven’t found anything in the same league as RRBC. Nope.
NJ: Would you recommend it to your friends and family?
Yvette: I have and continue to share it with everything that I can.
NJ: This shelf is getting hard on my hiney, so we’re going to wrap this interview up. Any final words?
Yvette: Thank you for honoring me with the opportunity to share your space on the shelf. I am grateful for all that you do to help readers and writers bask in their love of the written word.
NJ: Awww, that was very sweet, Yvette. Thank you for joining me ON THE SHELF today! .
To my guests, please support Yvette by picking up a copy of her book above. You can also support her by visiting the blog stops along her tour which ends on Saturday. You can find the tour line up here.
Have you joined Rave Reviews Book Club yet? Well, here’s your chance! And since Yvette was on the “SHELF” today, tell them she sent you. Make it a great day, my friends. We’ll see you in September, right here on the “SHELF” with another VERY INTERESTING GUEST!!