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 this “SHELF,” YOU are an open book! Even if I have to pry you open!
Today, we have a very special guest on the SHELF with us, member, JENNY HINSMAN! Jenny is our “SPOTLIGHT” Author for the month of October and we have been celebrating her all month long. This week, she gets to sit on the shelf with me!
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?
Jenny: Oh yes, very comfortable, thanks for being a great hostess.
NJ: Let’s start by confirming whether or not your author name is your birth name or a pen name?
Jenny: Birth Name, most people call me Jenny. Only my parents call me Jennifer.
NJ: Tell us where you were born? Do you still live there now? If not, what city and state are you calling home these days?
Jenny: I was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado and I wish I still lived there. I live in Michigan now, and it’s a great place too!
NJ: OK! We have a few famous other Michigan folks here in RRBC, as well. You’re probably familiar with ole’ Shirley & country boy, Beem! (No last names needed). Jenny, are you married or single?
NJ: Married is a great state to be in! Do you two lovebirds have any kids? If so, what kind?
Jenny: Yes, I have two boys.
NJ: 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?
Jenny: That’s a tough question because they are both mamma’s boys, but my youngest would probably be more likely to put me in a home.
NJ: I don’t know why that made me chuckle so hard, but, I must ask, what did you do to him? Ya had to have done something, Jenny, to push the baby to such limits. Me, I’m mean, so I know why my youngest is going to put me away. She has had it up to here with my shenanigans. OK, enough about me…aside from the two darling sons, how about pets? Do you all have any? And, if so, what kind?
Jenny: Yes! We only have one dog now as we recently lost our cat. Skeeter is an eighty pound Coon Hound…he’s a mamma’s boy, too.
NJ: 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?
Jenny: Pizza, just plain old cheese and/or pepperoni.
NJ: Hahaha! We own pizza restaurants so I love pizza, but I have it in moderation. What’s your favorite color?
NJ: I love pink, too! Especially since I’m a mom of girls. I also tend to wear loads of it in October due to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So, do you have a favorite sport?
NJ: You’re an all American girl, aren’t you? Jenny, you know I’m asking all these important questions because they are THE questions that our fans want the answers to. How about a favorite TV Show?
Jenny: I’m ashamed to say, Keeping up with the Kardashians. I get sucked in every time!
NJ: And I’m ashamed to hear you say it out loud. I like it, too, but I wouldn’t tell anybody. Ooops! I guess I just did!
Favorite Actress or Actor…
Jenny: Emily Blunt
NJ: OK. Do you like to exercise to stay fit OR do you not mind just letting it all go?
Jenny: I do like to exercise, I enjoy fitting into my clothes. I mostly walk, run and do weights.
NJ: Now, we’re talking! A girl after my own heart! Jenny, what is your 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).
Jenny: When you text someone and they never respond, especially after you see they read it.
NJ: I am on the floor laughing at that! Never thought about it, but that one definitely makes me want to explode! So, are you neat or messy?
Jenny: My closet says MESSY, but my desk says neat. I guess a little of both.
NJ: Hmmm, not sure where to put you with that one. A combination of neat and messy? Gotta give that some thought after the conference. So, Facebook or Twitter?
NJ: Way to go! Jenny, 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?
Jenny: Lesley Peck
NJ: OK, don’t know Lesley. You should invite her over! Now, Jenny, this next two-part question is a hard one. All I ask is that you speak from your gut (and we all know, that’s deep down). Who do you favor most: Nonnie Jules or WonderWoman? Be honest.
Jenny: Aren’t they one and the same?
NJ: Uh, kinda-sorta, except that Nonnie dresses a whole lot better and her butt’s a whole lot bigger (thanks to french fries). Now, here’s the second part of that question: 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.
Jenny: This will sound wishy-washy but I think it depends. I think kindness is very important and I always try to err on the side of kindness, so sometimes being reasonably untruthful can spare feelings if it’s not a make or break situation.
(The look says it all)
NJ: Jenny, name two favorite INDIE books that you’ve read.
Jenny: Chronicles of the Diasodz (book series), and Soul Keepers Book Series
NJ: Now, how about ONE good INDIE book you’ve read that was so good you wished the entire world would read it…
Jenny: The Heart of the Staff
NJ: What was so great about it?
Jenny: The imagination and magic.
NJ: OK! After you read books, do you post reviews?
NJ: And what do you think readers should base their reviews on?
Jenny: Whether or not they enjoyed the story.
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?
Jenny: I feel like I’m pretty honest, I know what I like to read, so most of the time I do like the stories. On a few rare occasions that I haven’t enjoyed something and think it’s less that 3 stars, I usually don’t post a review. If it’s an indie author that I’m familiar with I’d reach out and let them know what I didn’t like, though.
NJ: Jenny, have you read any poorly written books lately?
Jenny: Not lately, but I have in the past.
NJ: How many poorly written books have you read that you gave a high mark to in your review, when you knew they were horrible? Be honest, I won’t ask you to name the books here in public.
Jenny: I really don’t think I have, I’ve given several 3 star reviews, which to me says ‘not bad, but not great’.
NJ: Are you an author? Are you a good one? C’mon, we love honesty here.
Jenny: Yes and I think I’m a decent author.
NJ: How long have you been writing?
Jenny: About 5 years.
NJ: Are you able to take constructive criticism of your written work?
Jenny: I think so, I really try to not take anything like that personally. It still hurts sometimes, though.
NJ: Please share with us, two books that you’ve written?
NJ: Oh, Jenny, I simply loooooooooooovvvvvvvvvveeeeee that book cover! Who created that for you?
NJ: WOW! Impressive! How about the title of your second book?
NJ: Which of the two do you think is best?
Jenny: The story in SOULS, I think. However, the structure and cover are better on ANGEL OF DEATH.
NJ: Well, we all know I love the cover on ANGEL OF DEATH! Moving on, 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?
Jenny: I do! And no, I don’t write a lot of things on my blog, I mainly use it to support tours of other authors and just do fun things on it.
NJ: Which online resource or organization has helped you as an author the most?
Jenny: RRBC of course!
NJ: How were you helped by them?
Jenny: I didn’t have a lot of experience with social media, book promotions, where to go for covers, editing, help, etc… RRBC opened so much up for me, I’ve learned so much since I joined. The authors are very supportive and forthcoming with their experiences. It’s been such a fabulous experience and I’ve made friends along the way.
NJ: Jenny, hearing all that, just made my day! Everything that you have gotten out of the club, is what I wanted and want for every member of the club who is as supportive and engaged as you are, so let me THANK YOU for your testimony of RRBC!
Since you’re sitting on the SHELF, you’re obviously a RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB member, so is there anything else you’d like to share about the club?
Jenny: I really can’t say enough about RRBC, it’s been a Godsend in the very busy and murky world of indie book publishing. The club has so much to offer!
NJ: Have you come across any other online entities like us?
Jenny: Maybe a few with similarities, but not too many that I’ve seriously explored.
NJ: Jenny, they do say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, so thanks for sharing that my flattery meter should be buzzing! Would you recommend RRBC to your friends and family?
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.)
Jenny: I like the ‘Books of the Month’ and the interviews here ‘On the Shelf’ are always highly entertaining.
NJ: These SHELF interviews are a ton of work, but loads of fun, so I wouldn’t give them up for anything! Well, this shelf is getting hard on my hiney, so we’re going to wrap this interview up. Any final words for our guests today?
Jenny: Have fun, enjoy life and be kind! I’ve been spending lots of time in bleachers lately watching my boys… so, I too have a sore hiney! Thank you for having me.
NJ: Yes, I actually saw that someone tweeted a pic of you jumping off those bleachers! WOW! You were moving! Jenny, thank you so much for hanging out on THE SHELF with us today! And, thanks for being an awesome member! You have definitely given us a “great” interview, especially because you not once came close to having an accident! Because of that, we’d love to have you come back again some time. We mean that!
To my guests, please pick up a copy of one of Jenny’s books or both of them.
Have you joined RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB yet? Well, here’s your chance! And, since Jenny 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!!