Rhani D’Chae in “WHO’S ON THE SHELF WITH NONNIE JULES?” #RRBC


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, we have our current “SPOTLIGHT”Author with us:  “A totally lost Rhani D’Chae. (this is the way Rhani describes herself when she phones me.  It is hilarious!).

(Throwback Thursday!)

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NJ:  Before we get started, how do you like the design and feel of my new shelf?  We’ve made it more comfortable in 2017, in that we want all of our guests to feel at home…that’s if they’re coming from a nice and neat one, and we also wanted the lay out to be a bit safer….you know, we’ve had a few accidents up here on this shelf?  So, comfy?

Rhani:  Yes, it’s actually very comfy. I especially like the cushion, and the way it cradles my tired old tookus.

NJ:  Hmmmm, I didn’t know that we were cradling tired, old tookuses, but OK!  Let’s start by confirming whether or not your author name is your birth name or a pen name?

Rhani:  Rhani D’Chae isn’t the name on my birth certificate, but it’s not a pen name, either.

NJ:  Scandalous!  So, Rhani-who’s-not-really-Rhani, tell us where you were born?  Do you still live there now?  If not, what city and state are you calling home these days?

Rhani:  I was born in Tacoma Washington, and though I spent many years running around the country, I’ve been living here for the past few decades.

NJ:  Married or single?

Rhani:  I got married at 16, but it lasted only a minute or two. It was a case of being young and stupid, in that I was young, and he was stupid. I’ve had a few long-term relationships since then, but am currently single.

NJ:  Any kids?  What kind?

Rhani:  Let’s see, at the top of the list is my seeing-eye-son, James. Then, in order, my heathen kids are: Jon, Timothy, Jeremey, Ann, and Joyce. Jon and Timothy have both passed on, but the rest of my kids are alive and making me old before my time.

NJ:  Rhani, you, yourself are a book just waiting to be written.  #OneInterestingPerson.  If you’re not there already, when you’re old and cranky, which one will keep you at home to care for you themselves, and which one will immediately throw you into a nursing home and only visit you at Christmas?

Rhani:  That’s an easy question to answer. James is already searching for the cheapest home he can throw me into, and he’s said many times that if it costs more than $4.95 a month he’s going to put a pillow on my face and lay on it. On the other hand, Ann or Jeremey would gladly take me in and make sure that I was well taken care of. Joyce would too, but hers is not a cat friendly household, so it wouldn’t really work for me.

NJ:  Any pets?  What kind?

Rhani:  My roomies and I are currently staff to 10 rescued cats. Nine of them are indoor boys, while one streetwise panfur has taken up residence in my carport, which was modified for his comfort.

NJ:  Rhani, your cat background is the reason I tried to unfollow you on Twitter. Wierd, the unfollow button is stuck on your page.  Dang cat-curse!  What’s the food that’s so good to you, you go to bed dreaming about it, and you forego breakfast just to get to it?

Rhani:  That’s a really tough question. I think I would have to say meatballs.

NJ:  WOW!  I just made meatballs tonight for dinner!  What’s your favorite color, Rhani?

Rhani:  Black

NJ:  Favorite sport:

Rhani:  Football

NJ:  Favorite TV Show…

Rhani:  The Walking Dead

NJ:  Favorite Actress/Actor…

Rhani:  I would have to say Joe Manganiello. I’ve been a fan of his ever since True Blood, but I’m even more of one since a friend told me that he would make a great on-screen Decker.

NJ:  Do you like to exercise to stay fit OR do you not mind just letting it all go?

Rhani:  I had to gain quite a bit of weight a few years ago in an effort to save what was left of my eyes. I hate being overweight, and am doing my best to get back in shape.

NJ:  Good luck with that, Rhani.  Biggest pet peeve that makes you want to spit nails?  (For the record, NJ does not condone violence, but she does believe in being honest so she admits that there are those times and there are those people, who do cause her to want to spit a few nails in the direction of their foreheads.  Hey, just being honest.  It’s the only way I roll).

Rhani:  Cruelty to animals on-screen or in books. I despise any type of animal cruelty, and even though it’s not actually happening to the animal on-screen or in the book, I just don’t think it’s necessary. It throws me out of the story and I will often leave the theater or toss the book.

  dog shocked

NJ:  Uhhhh, OK.  I still don’t like cats, so, there!  Are you neat or messy?

Rhani:  I’m a mix of both. I hate a dirty house but I do get distracted, especially when I’m writing, so things slip by me.

NJ:  Facebook or Twitter?

Rhani:  Absolutely Twitter.

NJ:  LOL, yes, for me, too!  We’ve come to realize that the internet is giving way to tons of budding friendships.  Who would you say is the one person you’ve connected with the most…your internet BFF or buddy?

Rhani:  That would be you. LOL. You’re always there when I need input or advice, and it doesn’t matter how stupid my question is. You’ve gone out of your way to help my work be the best that it can be, and you’ve encouraged me in so many ways.

NJ:  Awwww, Rhani…that’s so sweet of you to say.  🙂  Thank you and I’m humbled and honored.  Now, since you feel that way, I know WW isn’t your internet BFF, but I must ask anyway…Who do you favor most:  Nonnie Jules or WonderWoman? Be honest

Rhani:  Nonnie Jules, without question.

NJ:  We all know that WonderWoman has her truth lasso and Nonnie has…well, just her truths, in the no-nonsense way she forces us to be honest and tell it like it is, whether it makes others uncomfortable or not.  In your opinion, which one does a better job of making the world a better place?  You can be honest here, too.

Rhani:  That would be NJ. Wonder Woman isn’t as accessible to us every day people, whereas Nonnie is only a phone call away.

NJ:  LOL!  Yes, that is true.  Name two favorite INDIE books that you’ve read:

Rhani:  Only two? Dog Bone Soup, by Bette Stevens is one of my favorites, and so is Jazz Baby, by Beem Weeks.

NJ:  ONE good INDIE book you’ve read that was so good you wished the entire world would read it:

Rhani:  Dog Bone Soup, by Bette Stevens.

NJ:  What was so great about it?

Rhani:  The character development was great, and it was very well written. It was so authentic it actually took me back in time so that I felt as if I was there with the characters.

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

Rhani:  Yes, I usually do.

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

Rhani:  Speaking for myself, I base my reviews on my enjoyment of the read. I will give a lower rating if there are glaring spelling or editing issues, but I don’t get too hung up on the technical stuff. One of my favorite authors is really not a great writer, but his books are so much fun to read that it just doesn’t matter. I’ve loved his work since the 70s, and I’m a fan of his newer work as well.

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?

Rhani:  Honesty is absolutely the best policy, but I do believe in using tact. If I have to say something that is less than complementary, I try to make sure to mention the positive things as well.

NJ:  Read any poorly written books lately?

Rhani:  Yes, I have, but I can honestly say that none of them were written by RRBC authors.

NJ:  That’s good to hear!  How many poorly written books have you read that you gave a high mark to in your review, when you know it was horrible?  Be honest, I won’t ask you to name the books here in public.

Rhani:  Only one. But I am not a member of the genre it was intended for, so I tried to read/review it as if it had been written with me in mind. As an adult, I knew it was pretty bad, but it wasn’t written for adults. Had I been a member of the age group it was intended for, I would have enjoyed it a great deal.

NJ:  There are some INDIE authors who have come onto the scene and have given our literary playing field a new look.  Can you name two INDIE authors who have done this in your eyes?  And, how have they changed the field for us?

Rhani:  Suzanne Burke, for one. I read many books that contain vicious characters or brutal acts, but often times it seems that the authors are afraid to take us too far in. It’s almost as if their mothers are standing next to them and telling them that “nice” writers don’t write stuff like that. In Acts Beyond Redemption, Suzanne Burke crosses that “nice” line without hesitation. The result is a gripping piece of work that might not be for everyone, but it sure works for those of us who like our thrillers to be graphic and realistic. It’s a refreshing change from the writers who tap dance around non-gratuitous violence.

Another is Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko. Her book, Mirror Of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women, tells the stories of four Nigerian women. Their lives are hard, brutal, and fairly typical of what it is to be a woman in that culture. The Indie playing field gives authors the opportunity to write and publish books that contain what some would feel is “delicate” subject matter. Authors who write so openly about the kind of things that are often discounted or completely ignored are finding a home in the world of Indie. And Indie is much better for it.

NJ:  Are you an author?  Are you a good one?  C’mon, we love honesty here.

Rhani:  Yes, I am an author. I’m not a great author, but I think I’m a good one.

NJ:  Rhani, you’re an amazing writer.  Trust me!  How long have you been writing?

Rhani:  I’ve been writing, off and on, since my early teens, so…a really long time.

NJ:  Are you able to take constructive criticism of your written work?

Rhani:  Yes, I am. Constructive criticism can be a great friend to a writer, and I think my work has improved due to some of the constructive criticism that I’ve received over the years.

NJ:  Name two books that you’ve written?

“SHADOW OF THE DRILL”

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A PERILOUS THIRST”

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NJ:  Which one do you think is the best?

Rhani:   think that Shadow is the better read. It’s a full-length novel, as opposed to a short story like Thirst, so I was able to get much more character depth and development onto its pages.

NJ:  Do you have a blog or website?  I love GREAT blogs, so would you say that yours is written well enough for harsh critics like me to enjoy?

Rhani:  I have a blog, and I also have a website. Sadly, the last year has been rough for me, and I’ve been very distracted from all things writing. Little by little, I’m getting things back on track but at this point, you would probably find my blog to be totally tragic.

NJ:  OK, in that case, we won’t show up unexpectedly.  Will wait for invite.  Which online resource or organization has helped you as an author the most?

Rhani:  I’ve tried several in my quest to be a successful writer but most of them were disappointments. So the only answer I can give to that question is RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB.

NJ:  How were you helped by them?

Rhani:  The fact that #RRBC members are willing to read and review my books is a huge help in building a reputation as an author. Also, the “word-of-mouth” that they provide on Twitter really helps to bring attention to my work. More importantly, their encouragement and emotional support is both limitless and freely given.

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?

Rhani:  I think the club is the best thing out there for Indie authors, regardless of how long they’ve been writing or how many books they have published.

NJ:  WOW!  What an amazing response!  Have you come across any other online entities like us, Rhani?

Rhani:  No, I haven’t. I mean, there are many groups out there that were formed for the purpose of helping Indie authors to succeed, but they don’t provide the same level of support, encouragement, and input that this club does.

NJ:  Would you recommend the club to your friends and family?

Rhani:  Most of my family doesn’t do the whole computer thing, and an online book club is something they have no interest in. I do recommend it to my friends, though.

NJ:  What’s your most favorite program or place here within RRBC?  (#PUSHTUESDAY, RAVE WAVES shows, Block Parties, Writers’ Conference & Book Expo, BOOKS OF THE MONTH discussions, “ON THE SHELF” interviews, etc.)

Rhani:  I love the “On The Shelf” interviews. They’re light, they’re funny, and they give a great behind the scenes look at our friends and fellow authors in the club.

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

Rhani:  The ability to write is a gift. Cherish it, explore it, open your mind and let it fly free. Allow it to develop and grow, even if it wanders in a direction that’s different from what you had planned. Most importantly, don’t ever tell it that it can’t, because it absolutely can. All it needs is your permission, your dedication, and open access to your heart.

NJ:  Thank you so much for hanging out on THE SHELF with us today, Rhani!  You are one of RRBC’s finest!  To my guests, please  pick up a copy of one of Rhani’s books or both (you will not be  disappointed, I can assure you!).

Have you joined RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB yet?  Well, here’s your chance!  And since Rhani was on the “SHELF” today, tell them she sent you.  Make it a great day, my friends…or not.  The choice is all yours!   We’ll see you next month, right here on the SHELF” with another INTERESTING GUEST!!

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46 responses

  1. Oh I almost missed this On the Shelf 🙂 It’s always great learning a little more about our top members 🙂

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  2. Great interview, Rhani! I loved A Perilous Thirst. I’ve heard great things about Shadow of the Drill, but I’m staying away from suspense/thrillers right now while I work on my anxiety. Once I have it under control, I hope to read Shadow of the Drill as well as Suzanne’s Acts of Redemption. Thanks for sharing your life with us. 🙂

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    1. Yvette, I’m glad you liked the interview. I’m also glad you liked Thirst. It was so fun to write. My boys are a little rough, so best you put Shadow on hold til you’re ready. I hope you have a great weekend.

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  3. Enjoyed the interview! Joe Manganiello was on Good Morning America the other day. I loved hearing him talk about the Smurfs. I have “Shadow of the Drill” on my TBR list. I MUST read faster. I look forward to reading it.

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    1. Thank you, Kim. You’ll have to let me know if you think Joe would make a good Decker. 😃

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  4. I’m glad you liked the interview, Shirley. I was late getting over here, too. Lol The cats were between me & the door, so I wasn’t going anywhere! 😅

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  5. Nonnie, thank you so much for the opportunity to sit on your shelf. I had such a fun time, & I love the updated questions. You are such an amazing person!

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  6. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

    Rhani I really enjoyed your response to the questions. Not the usual sort of answers. Sorry I’m so late getting over here. It’s good to see you get your turn on this coveted shelf. Congratulations!!

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  7. Oh yes, and I totally agree that Joe Manganiello could play Decker. Hmmmm, what about Scarlett Johannson for Charlene?

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    1. Hmmm… Jan, I hadn’t thought about Scarlett to play Char, but now that you mention it… 😃

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  8. This was a great interview with Rhani. She is a fabulous author and an inspiration!

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  9. Reblogged this on Writing and Music and commented:
    An intimate interview with Indie Author, Rhani D’Chae. Her book, Shadow of the Drill, is a MUST read!

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    1. Thank you, Jan, for the reblog & the endorsement of Shadow! *Hugs*

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  10. Funny! Great questions and answers on some rather taboo subjects.

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    1. Hi Wendy. I’m glad you enjoyed the interview. I had a blast doing it! 😅

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  11. What a fun interview, Rhani. I’m with you on animal cruelty. Our pets are rescues and they are very special. Our feral cat was rescued at four days old along with her brothers and sisters, bottle fed until eight weeks and all ended up at great homes. Our rescue dogs and cat all get along and all are very loving.

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  12. GASP! Rhani, I’m surprised Nonnie didn’t kick you off the shelf for your love of c*a*t*s! A wonderful interview otherwise!

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    1. Patricia, thank you for the reblog. *Hugs* I was expecting to feel Nonnie’s foot just before I sailed off the shelf, but she managed to restrain herself. Lol

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  13. Reblogged this on Room With Books and commented:
    An amazing author, Rhani D’Chae, is “On the Shelf” today with Nonnie Jules!

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  14. Rhani is such an amazing interview. She has many interesting things to say! Glad to see she’s on the shelf !

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    1. Thank you, Beem. I’m so thrilled to be on the shelf this month. What an honor!

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  15. What a fun interview! I love cats, but it seems there is only one breed that our family is not allergic to – Siberians, all others must stay outside. Wishing you all the best, Rhani…you are an amazing writer!

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    1. Hi Gwen. I can relate to the allergy thing. I’m totally allergic to cats. But I seem to have some sick desiire to walk the allergy wild side. Allergic to cats – I’m staff to 10. Allergic to Fir trees – I live on the west coast. Allergic to Scotchbroom – I live in Tacoma. Totally nuts – yes, I am. Lol

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  16. Hi Rhani, I always love ‘ Who’s on the Shelf’ but this one was especially enjoyable. How do you avoid tripping on all those cats–or is it just my cats that enjoyed tripping me? Loved, ‘A Perilous Thirst’ and looking forward to ‘The Shadow Drill’. Here’s hoping this year goes better for you!!

    Nonnie, you have great taste is books and friends, in spite of her cat . To like cats you have to get a kitten and raise it like a dog.

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    1. Micki, I think staff-tripping is in every cat’s DNA! Lol I hope you enjoy reading Shadow. 😀

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  17. 10 rescue cats, Rhan1?!?!? Bless your soul! I love felines (sorry. Nonnie) and have OCD (obsessive cat disorder) but I only have one. Reading about your kitties made me grin.

    Wishing you only the best this year, and thanks hopping up on Nonnie’s shelf so we could learn a bit more about you. 🙂

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    1. Mae, I gotta love another obsessive cat person! Lol I believe that God sends his little lost ones to us because He knows they’ll be taken care of. 💞

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  18. Wonderful interview, Rhani!

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    1. Thank you, Marlena.

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  19. Finally, I got to see and read this interview! First of all, to be mentioned by Rhani is a treat! I’m so honored! Thank you. I agree with you, Rhani, about Joe Manganiello starring as Decker, should your book be made into a movie. I didn’t know the man, but I looked him up, and …there! It’s him! I also enjoyed the fun you pocked at your kids, 😀 and how much fun you made your interview. Really sweet! I enjoyed it! 🙂 I could see Nonnie smiling all through it! 😀

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    1. Hi Joy. Isn’t Joe just…so Decker? Lol He wasn’t the original inspiration for Decker,’s face, but he sure works now. 😅

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  20. reanolanmartin | Reply

    Wow to interviewer and interviewee! Once in awhile we happen upon someone open and authentic who really shares the tough stuff. Rhani, you’re amazing. Keep going. Nonnie, thanks as always for introducing us in greater depth to your fascinating tribe of writers. xo

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    1. Thank you, Rea. I’m glad you liked the interview. I sure had fun with it. Nonnie is a great interviewer!

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  21. I read “thirst” and thought it a unique spin on an old tale. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I have my eye on “Shadow”
    Yours is an interesting and unique life. How’s your eyesight now? My family (mother’s side) has had mega problems with their sight from detached retinas, cataracts and glaucoma, before the days where those things could be cured. Take care. Keep writing.

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    1. Hi Annie. I’m so sorry to hear about the vision issues in your family. I would rather deal with just about anything else. I’m still losing vision, a little at a time, but I haven’t started walking into walls yet, so that’s a good thing. Lol

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  22. I just finished reading Shadow of the Drill so this interview with Rhani was even more meaningful.

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    1. Thank you for reading Shadow, & for the review. I4 appreciate it a great deal. 😃

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  23. Another fabulous interview Nonnie! I have really enjoyed getting to know Rhani. I’m sorry to hear she has had a rough year, but hope 2017 brings happiness for her.

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    1. Thank you, Lizzie. 2017 is headed down a much better path.

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  24. Now that was a great interview! It’s such a damned honor to be mentioned by Rhani as an author she enjoys. Coming from an author I admire that means more than I can express. And we both love critters! Bonus! Great questions and such honest and often funny responses. Bravo ladies!

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    1. Thank you, Sooz. Redemption is a great read, and I have become a fan. 😀

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      1. Thank you, Rhani … if I were capable of blushing, I would be. 😊

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  25. What password should we use?

    Joy

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