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, KT! She is an extra-special guest today because she is the first guest who has joined me on the shelf who IS NOT an author! She is one of our most fabulous member-readers and I am so pleased to introduce her to you today!
NJ: Before we get started, how do you like the design and feel of my new shelf? We updated it in 2017 and in all honesty, I can’t recall any accidents lately, so I think this redesign is working. Are you comfy?
KT: Absolutely! This is amazing. I’m so honored to be up here!
NJ: Let’s start by confirming whether or not your author name is your birth name or a pen name.
KT: Well, I am not an author but a long-standing, day one member. I’d like to refer to myself as an RRBC4Lifer.
NJ: You are a LIFETIME MEMBER so that reference to yourself would be most accurate. Tell us where you were born? Do you still live there now? If not, what city and state are you calling home these days?
KT: I was born and raised in Maryland and Maryland is still my home.
NJ: Married or single?
KT: I’ve been married exactly 11 years. I’ve known my husband since my Senior year of high school.
NJ: Great! Any kids? If so, what kind and do you like them?
KT: Yes, I have 5 sons and 1 daughter. I have a LARGE blended family. I have 2 biological children (adult daughter and adult son) but MOST importantly, I have grandbabies!!! I have 3 grandsons, ages 3 years, 18 months and 14 months old. I love them so much!! I’ve always heard that the love for a grandchild is amazing and I can absolutely attest to that.
Do I like them? Let’s see…well, for my children, sometimes. LOL. They are a very interesting group of young adults who are trying to figure their way through life; “Adulting” as they call it. As parents, we like to assist with this process because we only want the best for them. As we all know, they have a mind of their own and so my husband and I are letting them figure it out. With a little guidance, which they really do not listen to, and a LOT of prayers, I am certain they will get it all right.
As for the grands – I love sending them home. LOL! They can be a handful. Boys are so very active and I don’t sleep at all when they’re with us overnight.
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 started seeking out the A PLACE FOR MOM franchise facility in your area when they were 9?
KT: Both of my biologicals will absolutely take care of me. There’s no doubt about that. Now, if you ask me about the quality of that care, that might be questionable LOL.
NJ: Oh, my! That is too funny (and then kind of sad all at the same time).
KT, do you have any pets? If so, what kind? They act like kids, too, so I have to ask the same question…do you like them?
KT: No pets. My dad and my husband’s father were both of the same mindset, “If the dog can’t hunt down a rabbit or a squirrel, we don’t need him.” So we both grew up in pet-free homes. LOL.
NJ: Well, OK. 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? (I hope it’s not rabbit or squirrel.)
KT: Anything with crab meat or shrimp. I am a true Marylander and Blue Crab is my LOVE!!! I am a HUGE seafood fan.
NJ: So, am I!!! Living here in Louisiana means that I have to love all things Creole and in my mind, all things creole equates to all things seafood! KT, what’s your favorite color?
KT: All shades of blue.
NJ: Nice. How about your favorite sport?
KT: Basketball and boxing.
NJ: I like basketball these days, too. Now, your favorite TV Show…
KT: The Handmaids Tale, Greys Anatomy and anything with dancing in it.
NJ: I guess that makes you a fan of DANCING WITH THE STARS, then. How about your favorite Actress/Actor?
KT: This is very hard for me to answer. My favorite actors I would have to say would be Denzel Washington and Leonardo DiCaprio. I typically love anything they are in. As for an actress—hmmm (thinking). I really don’t think I have a favorite actress.
NJ: OK. Your male choices were really good, so we’re still walking away satisfied. KT, do you like to exercise to stay fit OR do you not mind walking around with a beer belly?
KT: I do exercise. I love taking Zumba or anything that incorporates dance as a form of cardio. I love to dance and I’m pretty good at it, even though I’ve never been formally trained.
NJ: Well, good for you! Please share with us 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).
KT: BEING IGNORED!!! Growing up (and she still does it to this day) if I ask my Mom a question that she does not want to say yes to, she will flat out not answer me. THAT DRIVES ME CRAZY!!!! My husband tends to do this, as well. But you can’t change people, you can only change your response to their actions. So I try to let things roll off my back and not allow them to disrupt my energy.
NJ: Great attitude, KT. So, are you neat or messy?
KT: Is there a word in-between both of those? Whatever that word is, that’s what I am!! LOL. I can let some things go, but I will get to a point where I can’t take it anymore and start cleaning it all up. There are certain things I am VERY neat about – for instance, my car. You will never get to my car and I have to move stuff around for you to get in. You will not find my mail, or a week’s worth of shoes, or empty water bottles rolling around on the floor. My desk at work has to be completely cleared before I leave work every day.
NJ: OK, then I will only banish you to that island of messy people for a very short while. Moving right along, are you nice or mean? Is that your perception of you, or is that what others think of you?
KT: I am very nice and mild-mannered. My husband is the only person that really sees the other side of me. He says that I have people fooled. I don’t have enough vested in other people to allow them to get me to that point. But HIM on the other hand, he can really take me to that place. You all know what place I’m referring to. It takes a lot, though. I can let some things roll off my back. I have learned through my spiritual studies that everything doesn’t warrant a response, so I choose my battles.
NJ: And I think you are everything you say you are. I can just feel your energy here. So, which is your fave – Facebook or Twitter?
KT: Instagram (IG)! I have Facebook and Twitter accounts but Instagram is my THING!! I LOVE IG and am on it every chance that I get. I can be a bit obsessive when it comes to looking at IG.
NJ: I’m not on IG but I hear that it can be a bit addictive. That may be why I’m not on it. I’m addicted to my work – no room for any more addictions right now. KT, 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?
KT: I do have an internet BFF but I’ll keep that to myself. We’ve known each other over 11 years, we’ve practically raised our kids together, we celebrate birthdays, holidays, anniversaries and even “just because” days. She is MY TRUE PERSON! The bond between us withstands the MILES and MILES that separate us.
NJ: That’s fair. It’s best that we not give away too much of ourselves online. Now, 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.
KT: Nonnie Jules, no question. There is a reason your book is entitled “Sugarcoatin’ Is For Candy ….”
You give it straight with no chasers. You have to respect a person who lives their life that way, practicing what they preach. If you can’t take it, then you might as well go someplace else because Nonnie Jules, you are the Real Deal. You are consistently the same with EVERYONE!!!
NJ: Well, thank you so much for those kind words and for recognizing that, KT. Now, can you name two favorite INDIE books that you’ve read by RRBC members?
KT: ALLERGIC TO LIFE: My Battle for Survival, Courage and Hope by Kathryn C. Treat
…is absolutely one of my favorites. I could not put that book down. I am so very happy I was able to express my delight in reading her book to her before she made her transition. That book was captivating because I had never heard of such before and her story was extremely interesting to hear all that she had gone through. It saddens me that she is no longer with us.
My second favorite, which I am anxiously awaiting the sequel to, is DayDreams Daughter, Nightmares Friend.
NJ: I’m sure Kathryn is smiling down on you right now and so grateful for your kind words of her work. She was an amazing lady and all of us who knew and loved her, feel the same way that you do. We miss her all the time. I promise to get DD, NF back on the shelves before the end of this year and the sequel will follow soon after. Now, how about sharing with us ONE good INDIE book you’ve read, written by an RRBC member, that was so good you wished the entire world would read it…
KT: Allergic to Life. This book shows strength and tenacity. You never know someone else’s story or journey. We all think our life is so hard because we always feel that we need more than what we have. There are people struggling daily with real-life challenges and they have to go through extremes, just to live. Kathryn couldn’t do the simple things that we take for granted. She was the real-life WonderWoman. Fortunately, she was able to get her story out before she lost the battle with life. Her book deserves to be a movie on Lifetime, Netflix, or Hulu or something!
NJ: That’s why we keep her work alive here in RRBC. KT, after you read books, do you post reviews?
KT: I do try to post reviews but I can’t say that I have done it consistently. I think I mainly post reviews for books that I have really enjoyed.
NJ: What do you think readers should base their reviews on?
KT: The quality of the work. How well it was written. Also, if the book was impactful in any way. I guess it all depends on what type of book it is, but the writing quality is pertinent no matter the genre.
NJ: Good answer, KT! 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?
KT: Honesty is the best policy. You are offering your opinion to others who may be trying to decide if they want to read it or not. So, if you are taking the time to write a review it should be completely honest.
NJ: Well said. Have you read any poorly written books lately?
KT: Yes I have. It was not written by an RRBC author, though.
NJ: How many poorly written books have you read that you gave high marks to in your reviews when you knew they were horrible reads? Be honest, I won’t ask you to name the books here in public.
KT: This has never happened.
NJ: Oh, I love that response! I wish more of our members had your attitude but it seems, they are falling short of reviewing on the premise of honesty. They are working from a place of fear (under the guise of just being kind). Whatever their motivation, they should know that I am now working on a plan to stop this practice here in RRBC. It goes against everything I believe in and why this club was created. So, those of you who are finding it hard to be honest in your reviews, I would change that practice quickly. KT, are you an author?
KT: I am not an author. I am just a reader.
NJ: Just a reader? Readers are what keeps us writing, so you’re not JUST a reader. You’re the most important part of an author’s success. Do you have a blog or website? I love GREAT blogs.
KT: No blogs or websites. I am a knitter and that takes up ALL of my free time.
NJ: KT, since you’re sitting on the SHELF, you’re obviously a RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB member, so what do you think of the club?
KT: I think the club is amazing. There have been some fantastic events that have been hosted by RRBC and look at the longevity of this club??? It’s mind-blowing! This is an amazing and supportive organization. I’ve never seen anything like it.
NJ: Such wonderful praise! Thank you! Have you come across any other online entities like RRBC?
NJ: Would you recommend it to your friends and family?
KT: Well, I have a cousin who writes Adult Content novels and I have thought of inviting her to the club but her genre of books are (cough) – well, let’s just say the type of books she writes have never been promoted here at RRBC. LOL.
NJ: We are going to have to thank you for passing on that invite to your cousin. KT, 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.)
KT: I love the On The Shelf interviews, which is why I was so excited to be invited here. The interviews allow me to get to know the authors and other members better. Plus, you ask some great questions. You’re a tough cookie, Nonnie Jules.
NJ: Well, thank you for saying that. KT, this shelf is getting hard on my hiney, so we’re going to wrap this interview up. Any final words for our listening audience today?
KT: I have a little bit of padding on my hiney so I can sit here all day. LOL!!! But seriously, thank you so much for having me on the shelf. This has been such a joy getting to chat with you. What a pleasure!
NJ: Well, thank you for joining us! It was a pleasure to have you here as our first member-reader. I think we’ll have more of our readers on the shelf going forward. KT, your interview has been delightful. Not once did I feel that shelf moving. As you know, we’ve had quite a few near-misses up here.
To my guests, I invite you to follow KT on Twitter @Watchn4fun. She’s a really supportive member so you definitely want to get better acquainted with her.
Have you joined RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB yet? Well, here’s your chance! And, since KT was on the “SHELF” today, tell them she sent you.
Until next time, take care. We’ll see you next month, right here on the “SHELF” with another INTERESTING and VERY SPECIAL GUEST!!