Vashti Quiroz-Vega in “WHO’S ON THE SHELF” w/@NonnieJules – #RRBC @VashtiQV


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 bookshelf.  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,  RRBC member, VASHTI QUIROZ-VEGA Vashti is our  1st “SPOTLIGHT” Author of the new year!  It’s January and we have been celebrating her all month long.  This week, she gets to sit on the shelf with me!

(Just as an FYI:  This year I will not be editing the responses of my guests.  I will post their responses to each interview question, just as they have written them.)

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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 2018, and I’ve added a few bars to make it a bit safer.  Some of my guests in the past have had some very unfortunate accidents and I don’t ever want that to happen again.  So, are you comfy?

Vashti:  I’m extraordinarily comfy and cozy. I feel right at home on your shelf.

NJ:  Good, good!  Now, let’s start by confirming whether or not your author name is your birth name or a pen name?

Vashti:  Vashti Quiroz-Vega is my real name. Vashti Quiroz is my maiden name. I took my husband’s name when we married. It’s a bit scary to use your full real name but I went ahead and did it anyway.

NJ:  It really is scary giving out so much information on this world wide web.  But once you’ve given that much, your full name, I think everything else should be limited.  Notice how Nonnie has no photos swarming around this place.  That’s to keep all the “crazies” at bay.  Vashti, tell us where you were born?  Do you still live there now?  If not, what city and state are you calling home these days?

Vashti:  I grew up in NYC. As a teen, my family and I moved down to Florida. I still call Florida home. I’d like to live in North Carolina someday. I visited once and fell in love with the people and I always said I would live there someday.

NJ:  Married or single?

Vashti:  Married. My husband is amazing. He’s very loving and supportive and someone I feel proud to call my partner in life.

NJ:  That’s awesome news on the hubby front!  Any kids?  What kind?

Vashti:  We have a fur baby named Scribbles. He’s a very sweet and smart Pomeranian.

NJ:  I think I saw a photo of Scribbles.  Cute kid!  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?

Vashti:  I love pizza. I know I should have outgrown it by now, but I could live on it (I don’t, don’t worry). I try to eat healthily, and for the most part, I do. However, occasionally I do indulge with a couple of slices of pizza.

NJ:  Haha!  We own pizza parlors so I don’t eat much pizza, although I do enjoy it on occasion.  Vashti, what’s your favorite color?

Vashti:  When I was very young it used to be green. In my twenties, it was red and gold but now it’s blue––specifically turquoise.

NJ:  OK.  How about your favorite sport…

Vashti:  I enjoy watching basketball. The movement on the court, the size and speed of the players, it’s mesmerizing.

NJ:  Basketball is the favorite sport in our home (loved by hubby, not me).  Right now I can hear the Boston Celtics and The Golden State Warriors playing.  (I love Kyrie Irving and I love Steph Curry, by the way).  Vashti, do you have a favorite TV show?

Vashti:  Game of Thrones. Duh.

NJ:  Duh? I don’t even like the title of the show so you know I wouldn’t even attempt to turn it on to watch.  But, I hear a ton of folks talking about it so there must be something there (just not my cup of tea).  Who’s your favorite Actress/Actor?

Vashti:  Kevin Spacey, Viola Davis, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Russell Crowe, Morgan Freeman, Julia Roberts, Al Pacino, Denzel Washington, and Sigourney Weaver.

NJ:  Seriously?  We’re going to mention Kevin Spacey here on my show?  I’ll pretend as if I didn’t hear his name.

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Moving right along…do you like to exercise to stay fit OR do you not mind just letting it all go?

Vashti:  I’m an outgoing person. I enjoy being active. Although I haven’t worked out as much as I used to in the last couple of years. I’m going to improve on that this year.

NJ:  That’s awesome that you’re making your health a priority this year, Vashti!  Good for you!  What’s 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).

Vashti:  I’m pretty laid back for the most part. There are certain things that really bug me, like when people don’t cover their mouths when they cough. I fantasize about stuffing cloth (or something) in their mouths. I worked in the medical field many years and I know what comes out of that mouth, so please cover it!

NJ:  OMG, Vashti!  One of my biggest pet peeves is when people yawn without covering their mouths!  I hate that and I find it horribly disgusting!  Every time I see it, no matter the age of who’s doing it, I always think “What poor home training that must have had.” 

Vashti:  I also think it is terrible manners when someone says “ew” to the food on your plate.  Line cutters drive me nuts. Were you raised by wolves?

Okay, last one. My husband is a compulsive door opener. I think he was a doorman in a past life. I can’t stand it when he opens the door for someone and not only do they not say thank you, they also glide straight past him as if people should open doors for them. Makes me want to pull out a cane, hook it to the back of their shirt/blouse and yank them back through the door so that they can open it themselves.

I think you opened up a can of worms here.

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NJ:  So, are you neat or messy?

Vashti:  For the most part, I’m neat. I can make a mess, but I do clean up after myself quickly.

NJ:  Good response although I felt you for a minute, leaning towards the left.  That’s the direction of that island I recently purchased to send all messy folks to.  So, Facebook or Twitter?

Vashti:  I use both but prefer Twitter.

NJ:  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?

Vashti:  This is a tough question because I’ve met so many wonderful people online in the last four years since I began blogging. Since I joined the RRBC I’ve met so many talented, kindhearted, inspiring and supportive people, many of which I consider friends. It would be too difficult to name them all and I would feel terrible if I left someone out.

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(When you realize she’s going to pass on the question because she doesn’t know how to name just one.)

NJ:  Vashti, who do you favor most… Nonnie Jules or WonderWoman? It’s OK to be honest.

Vashti:  I’ve never met WonderWoman, so I’d have to say, Nonnie Jules. 😉

NJ:  Oh, thank you, Vashti, how sweet of you to say. (Although it seems I won the toss by default… “I’ve never met WonderWoman.” Yeah, right!)

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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, especially in our reviews of books we’ve read,  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.

Vashti:  I believe in being honest and being your true self and not whom others deem you should be. Since Nonnie is a real person I’d have to go with her.

NJ:  You’re awfully kind, Vashti.  But, WonderWoman IS a real person, too!  Now, ONE good INDIE book you’ve read that was so good you wished the entire world would read it.

Vashti:  EMPTY CHAIRS by Stacey Danson (Suzanne Burke) is a must-read.

NJ:  What was so great about it?

Vashti:  EMPTY CHAIRS opened my eyes to many things I didn’t know and taught me many lessons. I’m a fan of books that teach me new things.

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

Vashti:  I do most of the time. If the book has a lot of issues and I can talk to the author and communicate my concerns to him or her, I’d rather do that then give them a bad review.

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

Vashti:  A book review is an opinion that someone has written about another written work. I base my reviews on whether the work I’ve selected fit well within the genre chosen for it. A horror book that doesn’t give you a single chill is disappointing. I also review a book based on the plot, characters and writing style. Is the book entertaining or boring? Are the characters interesting and well developed? Does the story have a good pace or does it drag? Does the book have something unique to offer or have I read this same story a dozen times? There is no book liked by everyone. It doesn’t matter how well written it is.

NJ:  That’s true, but you can’t beat a well-written book, no matter how many dislike it.  Every time, I’m supporting the well-written book!  Vashti, are you one of those who is afraid to be honest in their reviews lest the author becomes upset with you, or, is honesty your best policy, especially in reviews?

Vashti:  I’m never afraid to write or speak the truth. However, I believe that if a book is well-written for the most part but has many typos I can better help the author by talking to him/her via email, Skype––whatever, rather than give him/her a 1 or 2-star rating on Amazon. If a book is poorly written from start to finish and makes no sense I have no choice but to give it a low rating. I rarely come across a book like that nowadays, because I’m very selective about the books I read. The books I’ve read lately have been highly recommended.

NJ:  Vashti, I’m going to have to offer my opinion here which is a far reach from yours, just to offer clarity.  If a book is well-written, there won’t be many typos, if any at all, and yes, I’ve read books from start to finish where there was not ONE typo found.  And, I went back to make sure!  Typos, missing words, confusion in a story…anything that slows my reading pace when I’m in a story, I can’t label as well-written.  Just as the wind is blowing thru my hair as I round the bend of a long stretch of beautiful road, is just the feel I want when I’m reading a book.  I want it to just flow.  Now, there’s my two-cents.  Now, Vashti, how many poorly written books have you read that you gave a high mark to in your review when you knew it was horrible?  Be honest, I won’t ask you to name the books here in public.

Vashti:  I’ve never done that.

NJ:  Well, Kudos to you!  Tell us, are you an author?  If so, are you a good one?  C’mon, we love honesty here.

Vashti:  I am an author. It’s what I was born to do. Yes, I am a good writer but I can always be better, so I will continue to learn and improve. It’s in my nature to always strive to be better.

NJ:  That’s good to hear!  How long have you been writing?

Vashti:  I’ve been writing since I was a kid.

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

Vashti:  Yes, if a critique will help me improve my writing I’m all for it.

NJ:  What’s the name of one of your books?

VashtiTHE FALL OF LILITH

The Fall of Lilith by Vashti Q

 

NJ:  Vashti, 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?

Vashti:  Well, blogs are all about personal preferences. If you enjoy short stories in the fantasy, horror and thriller genres, poetry and occasional articles about issues that I’m interested in such as, bullying, teen depression, child abuse, elderly abuse and animals then you will like my blog.

NJ:  (All I wanted to know was is it well-written.)  Vashti, which online resource or organization has helped you as an author the most?

Vashti:  The Rave Reviews Book Club has been an enormous help to me as an author.

NJ:  We’re always super happy when we hear that!  Thank you!  Why don’t you share with our guests who may not be members, how you’ve been helped by RRBC.

I have met so many inspiring, supportive and like-minded people in the RRBC. They’ve become my online family. I have received so much support in the form of book reviews, social media growth, interviews, podcasts. I believe my author brand has grown more in the last six months since I’ve joined than in the last four years that I’ve been blogging. It’s been great!

NJ:  What an amazing testimonial, Vashti!  Good for you!  But, you know what?   I will say, you weren’t just given all that amazing support.  You had to do something to get it.  In short, you’re an amazing supporter here and when you wear that title in RRBC, so many great things are placed at your feet and so many wonderful opportunities just seem to fall in your lap!  Good for you!  Is there anything else you’d like to share about RRBC?

Vashti:  The RRBC is a community of talented and supportive readers and writers and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it.

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

Vashti:  Not at all.

NJ:  Neither have I.  Lots of copy-cats but none successful or sustaining, it seems.  Would you recommend RRBC to your friends and family?

Vashti:  I have been recommending it to my writerly friends and bookish friends too.

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

Vashti:  I enjoy the Rave Waves shows, the Writers’ Conference was a lot of fun and I got to know members I didn’t know before, and it’s been pretty cozy up here On The Shelf! Can I stay a while longer?

NJ:  Vashti, although I’d love to hang out with you here all day, this shelf is getting hard on my hiney, so we’re going to wrap this interview up.  As they say, you don’t have to go home, but you have to get the heck off of my shelf!  LOL!  Any final words for our guests today?

Vashti:  It’s been an honor to be invited to sit On The Shelf with you Nonnie, thank you very much. I’m excited about being selected as Spotlight Author too. Thank you, everyone, for stopping by and for your fabulous support. I appreciate all of you.

NJ:  Vashti, thank you so much for hanging out on THE SHELF with us today!  And, thanks for being an awesome member! This has been so much fun!  Not once did you come close to having an accident!  That’s an amazing feat.

To my guests, please pick up a copy of Vashti’s book.

Have you joined RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB yet?  Well, here’s your chance!  And, since Vashti was on the “SHELF” today, tell them she sent you.

I’ll see you next month, right here on the “SHELF” with another INTERESTING GUEST!!

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56 responses

  1. Way to go, Vashti! You were so honest and refreshing (fresh), I thought Nonnie might knock you off the shelf🤣. Great questions, Nonnie. You gave us more insight into one of my favorite members!

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    1. Hi Linda! Nonnie and I roll like that! 😉 Ha, ha! I’m happy you enjoyed the interview. I had a lot of fun with this one. I felt very comfortable. Aw, you’re so sweet! Thank you! You’re pretty cool too. 😉 ❤ xx

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  2. Enjoyed the interview and have read Vashti’s book, The Fall of Lillith. A definite five star read..

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, John and for “The Fall of Lilith” shoutout! I’m happy you enjoyed the book and the interview! 😀 xx

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    1. Thanks for reblogging, Adam!

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  3. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

    Hi Vashti and NJ. What an interesting interview. What gets me worked up is watching a kid say they don’t like the food they’ve been served. My niece and stepdaughter did that one time and I told them, “Since you didn’t say anything before I started cooking, you will eat what is put before you because I’m not throwing it out.” They both hated eggs. When they ate mine, they were surprised at how good they were.

    I did a review for an author in which I pointed out the editing issues. The author asked if I would remove the editing issues as her book will be dead before it gets started, so I did. I wondered if I had done the right thing, or was I caving. Its a vexing problem.

    Congratulations Vashti!

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    1. Hi Shirley! I have two picky nieces that have done the same to me. I especially love it when they say they don’t like the food when they’ve never tried it.

      It is a vexing problem, because you don’t want to hurt the author, but at the same time the author should know there are issues so that he/she can fix them. I think you’re just a nice person and you wanted to help the author and not hurt her career. Did she say she would have the editing problems fixed? It’s a slippery slope.

      Thank you! 😀 xx

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  4. Another awesome interview on the Shelf! I have so enjoyed getting to know you better, Vashti, during your well-deserved SA seat. I, too, love pizza and could easily eat it daily. And North Carolina is on my travel bucket list! 🙂

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    1. Hi Marlena! Thank you! I’m so glad I met you, my friend. Yay! Another pizza lover – I’m not alone! I visited N. Carolina a long time ago and it left a great impression on me. 😀 xx

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  5. Great interview! Vashti and I have so much in common. Glad to find another GoT fan! 😉

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    1. Thank you, Yvette! Yay! I can’t wait for the start of the new season. Last season felt short to me. I think we do have a lot in common.😊xx

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  6. I really enjoyed your interview! So much fun.

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    1. Thank you, Jenny! I’m glad you enjoyed it!😊

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  7. What an entertaining interview! Love your hat, Vashti! I’ve yet to find a hat that suits me. I’m also a fan of Game of Thrones. Nonnie, I love your gifs!

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    1. Hi Michelle! Yay! I’m happy you enjoyed the interview! I’m sure I can find you a good hat. I can’t wait for the new season to start! Nonnie made the process a lot of fun. Thank you! 😀 xx

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  8. Great interview. I love pizza, so I’m hoping you have saved some for us all to share! Wishing you so much success in all you do Vashti.

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    1. Aw, thank you very much for the kind wishes, Lizzie! We should all meet at one of Nonnie’s pizza parlors––my treat! 😉 xx

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  9. I love your responses Vashti Q. Congratulations! Good luck with your book.

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    1. Thank you very much, Gracie! I had so much fun doing this! 😀 xx

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  10. Vashti, you’re so deserving of the Spotlight honour! Cheers to you. 🙂
    Thanks to you and Nonnie for this delightful, entertaining interview.

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    1. I appreciate you saying so, Natalie! Thank you very much! Nonnie’s a lot of fun. I enjoyed the process. 😀 xx

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  11. Always a treat to learn new things about you Vashti.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Allan. It’s lovely to see you here. I appreciate the support. 😀 xx

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  12. One of the very best “On The Shelf” interviews I’ve read so far. Vashti, your answers were so honest and heartfelt. Wow! Great job!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it, Jan! Thanks for dropping by to support Ms. Vashti!

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    2. Thank you very much, Jan! I’m so happy you think so and that you enjoyed the interview. ❤

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  13. It’s been great to get to know you better, Vashti! Thanks for sharing. I love pizza too and hardly ever have any. Thanks, Nonnie, for another fun interview!

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    1. Hi Laura! This is one of the most entertaining interviews I’ve done. I’m glad I’m not the only pizza lover. Maybe Nonnie can invite us to one of her pizza parlors.😉 Thanks for reading and commenting!😊

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  14. Hi Vashti, this is an interesting and entertaining interview and I loved every minute of it. I enjoyed learning more about you, even though we correspond often on the site.

    Nonnie, you were in top shape today :).

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    1. Hi Micki! I’m so happy you enjoyed the interview! Yes, we have become pretty chummy. I hope all is well with you.😊💕

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    2. Thanks, Micki! I work out an awful lot to stay in top shape! LOL! Thanks for dropping by!

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  15. Lovely to learn more about Vashti. Congratulations on your Spotlight Month!

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    1. Thank you, Wendy❣️

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  16. I agree with Gwen. This interview is very entertaining. I like the easy-going attitude of Vashti which pulled out those animated gifs from Nonnie. Where do you get those, Nonnie? I felt a lot of relaxation reading your conversation. Well done to both of you. 😀

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    1. That’s great, Joy! I’m glad you enjoyed the Q&A!😊

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    2. Joy, if I told you, you’d have to disappear and since I love having you around…I’m not telling! LOL!

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  17. Fantastic interview! I loved the playfulness of the questions and responses. Congratulations, Vashti, and Thank You Nonnie! ♥

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    1. Hi Gwen! Thanks for coming by! I’m happy you enjoyed the interview. Nonnie makes it a lot of fun. 😀 ❤

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  18. What fun to learn more about you Vashti. This was an awesome review! ❤

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    1. Hi Colleen! Thank you so much for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoyed the interview! It was a lot of fun for me too!❤️

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      1. I love these interviews. You learn fun stuff about each other. ❤️

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        1. I agree. I love them too.💕

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  19. Great interview. I enjoyed learning more about Vashti. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Olga❣️I appreciate you!

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  20. Fabulous interview girls! Vashti, I loved finding out more about you here. And I’m with both of you on people who cough or sneeze and don’t cover their mouths – germaphobe, that’s me. 🙂 Also, I have a hat similar to yours. Suits you well Vashti! ❤

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    1. Thank you, Debby! Ugh, it’s so gross. If people understood what happens when one coughs they would cover their mouths. I think I saw some pictures of you with your hat on social media somewhere. Everything looks good on you!😘 I have a thing for hats. I have a bunch. Thanks again, my friend!💕

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      1. The pleasure was mine Vashti. And lol, thanks for the compliment – I love hats!!! ❤ xx

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    1. This is the best interview I’ve ever had, Nonnie! And the most fun! Thank you! ❤

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