John J. Fioravanti in “WHO’S ON THE SHELF” w/@Nonnie Jules – #RRBC #RWISA @JohnJFioravanti

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 & RWISA member, JOHN J. FIORAVANTI! We have been celebrating him for the last full month of September and today, he 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 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?

John:  Wow! The redesign looks great, Nonnie! I’m told that you possess awesome interior decorating skills, so I’ll wager that this new look is all yours. I’m not sure that being an “open book” is comfy. But I’m happy to be here!

NJ:  Let’s start by confirming whether or not your author name is your birth name or a pen name,

John:  I have always used my real name as my author name.

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?

John:  I was born in Toronto, Ontario, grew up in Dundas, Ontario, and have lived in Waterloo, Ontario for the last forty-six years.

NJ:  Married or single?

John:  I’m married to Anne and we tied the knot forty-six years ago.

NJ:  Any kids?  What kind? Do you like them?

John:  Yes, we have three human kids – a daughter and two sons. Yes, we love our children who are all grown and on their own – living locally, which is a blessing.

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?

John:  Yep! I’m old and cranky! Dominic, our youngest, might do the most to care for us as we get older. He comes over on his day off each week to do maintenance on our property. I keep his favourite beer on hand. I’m not sure which of the other two has been scheming to put us on the fox farm. 

NJ:  Any pets?  What kind?  They act like kids, too, so I have to ask the same question…do you like them?

John:  We have a dog – a Maltese Terrier named Princess Cinderella. We adopted her from our Granddaughter who bestowed that name. We love Cinderella and hope she stays healthy for many more years.

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?

John:  Bacon and eggs, of course! That is our breakfast every day, too. I’m the chef!

I love pizza and pasta in marinara sauce, too!

NJ:  The same breakfast every day?  WOW!  You must really love bacon and eggs!  What’s your favorite color:

John:  My favourite colour is royal blue… hmm… I must have delusions of grandeur.

NJ:  I’ll take delusions for 50, Alex.  John, your favorite sport?

John:  That would be hockey – I am Canadian, eh!

NJ:  Favorite TV Show…

John:  Currently: “The Resident” and “New Amsterdam”

NJ:  Favorite Actress/Actor…

John:  I’d have to say, Tom Selleck and Mark Harmon.

NJ:  And out of those two, which one would be the actress?

Do you like to exercise to stay fit OR do you not mind walking around with a beer belly?

John:  I am allergic to exercise, but I try to get out walking each day and we go to an exercise class once a week.

NJ:  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).

John:  I absolutely lose it when I see drivers entering and exiting traffic circles and use no signals. My language becomes quite colourful. I remember driving along with my granddaughter once and out of the blue she said, “Oh, oh, Papa.” I asked what was wrong and she replied, “We’re coming up to a traffic circle so I need to insert my earplugs!”

NJ:  So, are you neat or messy?

John:  Definitely a neat freak!

NJ:  Are you nice or mean?  Is that your perception of you, or is that what others think of you?

John:  I’m a nice person when I’m not cranky.

NJ:  Facebook or Twitter?

John:  I’ve always preferred Facebook. (looks at Nonnie furtively and clutches the shelf tightly.)

NJ:  That’s fine.  To each his own.  John (with a capital J), 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?

John:  I have to say that would be Nonnie Jules. 

NJ:  Who’s the one person that you’ve met online who makes you laugh the hardest?

John:  That would be Nonnie Jules!

NJ:  Who do you favor most:  Nonnie Jules or WonderWoman? Be honest.

John:  They are one and the same, so my answer is both.

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.

John:  Nonnie reminds us to be honest to ourselves and in our interactions with others. She is also the founder of the greatest literary community in the world. That alone makes the world a better place.

NJ:  Name two favorite INDIE books that you’ve read by RRBC members:

John:  “If Only There Was Music: The Poetry of Forbidden Love” by Nonnie Jules, and “Circumstances of Childhood” by John W. Howell. I could have listed many more titles here.

NJ:  Well, we’re so glad you didn’t because we only asked for one.  {Humans}

ONE good INDIE book you’ve read written by an RRBC member that was so good you wished the entire world would read it:

John:  “Letting Go Into Perfect Love” by Gwendolyn M. Plano

NJ:  What was so great about it?

John:  It was shocking and endearing, and very well-written.

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

John:  I do for RRBC members.

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

John:  To be helpful to other readers, they should explain why they liked or disliked a book. To be helpful to the author, they need to be constructively critical and extend kudos when deserved. Above all else, one should be honest.

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?

John:  Yes, that concerns me when writing a review, but I try to ignore the feeling and do the best job I can.

NJ:  Read any poorly written books lately?

John:  I don’t subject myself to reading books that are poorly written. I value my time. If I find one, I close it quickly and don’t go back. If I know the author, I’ll try to contact them privately with my thoughts.

NJ:  How many poorly written books have you read that you gave a high mark 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.

John:  None that I can recall.

NJ:  That’s not what I heard.  -_________________-    John, 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?

John:  Kenneth Tam comes to mind. He’s a former student and INDIE author who writes alternate history novels and novellas.

NJ:  I asked for two, so where’s the other one?  Geez, these people.  When I ask for one they offer up 10.  Anyway, are you an author?  Are you a good one?  C’mon, we love honesty here.

John:  Yes, I’m an author. I’m told that I’m a good one. However, it is my belief that the ability to write is a natural talent I was given that can be improved upon with great effort. I feel that I work hard at my craft and can always improve.

NJ:  How long have you been writing?

John:  I wrote for several decades in my teaching career and was first published in 2002.

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

John:  Criticism is never easy to hear, but I do appreciate constructive criticism – and ignore the rest.

NJ:  Please share with us two books you’ve written?

John:  “REFLECTIONS: Inspirational Quotes & Interpretations”



A Personal Journey To The Heart of Teaching by John Fioravanti

NJ:  Which one do you think is the best?

John:  JOURNEY won a Bronze Medal IPPY award in 2008. REFLECTIONS is a window into my soul. 

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?

John:  My blog sits on the website called WORDS TO CAPTIVATE.


NJ:  Which online resource or organization has helped you as an author the most?

John:  Rave Reviews Book Club is very helpful with resources – the most valuable ones are the author members who are helpful and generous with their time.

NJ:  How were you helped by them?

John:  I learned a lot about how to develop my writing craft and to not fear to ask for help.

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?

John:  It is the greatest literary community I know. It is special because it is international with members all over the world.

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

John:  No, RRBC is quite unique and I have no need to go elsewhere.

NJ:  Would you recommend it to your friends and family?

John:  I always have and always will.

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.)

John:  That’s a tough choice. I like the Conference and block parties best because of the interaction they afford participants.

NJ:  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?

John:  Members of RRBC are blessed because Nonnie Wonder Woman Jules has provided a truly wonderful community in which to learn and grow – professionally and personally. Thank you, Nonnie! I am humbled to be here today as the club’s Spotlight Author for the month of September.

NJ:  John, thank you so much for joining me here today and thank you for being so patient in regards to this interview.

To my guests, please pick up a copy of either of John’s books. Please be sure to leave him a comment below.  He loves to chat!

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

Until next time, take care.  We’ll see you in later in October, right here on the “SHELF” with another INTERESTING GUEST!!

19 responses

  1. My son’s name is also Dominic. Great choice! 😉 I have Journey on my Kindle, and I might also have Reflections. I need to go back and look. I enjoyed reading more about you, John! 🙂


  2. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

    Good interview John. I appreciate your discreet honesty when it comes to reviews because you made me go back and look at doing some re-edits that were needed on my second book. And I also agree that RRBC is the best thing going for Indie Authors.

    Congrats for making it on the shelf!


  3. Hi, John. I loved your interview! I also loved the picture of your puppy. She looks like she is very happy and spoiled. 😄
    Nonnie, another festive interview. I always enjoy #OnTheShelf!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. John Fioravanti | Reply

      Thanks, Rhani, we love Princess Cinderella a lot. That was a cold spring evening watching my granddaughter umpire her first baseball game of the season .


  4. A great interview. I’m so glad John is back and look forward to getting to know him better!


  5. My favorite pic is the chef, with a cute expression on his face. Interesting interview, John’s answers are perfect… “window into my soul” – what a description for a book! No wonder he has been a teacher.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. John Fioravanti | Reply

      Why thank you, Balroop, how kind of you to say!


  6. Halfway during this interview, I had to go down and start commenting. First, that first dog said it all. the exercising dog was hilarious! And look at that Wonder Dog! All said and done, this was a very interesting interview. Thanks to both of you.


    1. John Fioravanti | Reply

      Thanks, Joy, I love Nonnie’s doggie pictures too!


  7. It was nice getting to know more about you John. Look forward to reading your work. Nonnie, great interview as always.


    1. John Fioravanti | Reply

      Thanks for stopping by, Forrest. I hope you enjoy them.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Oh, my goodness! I laughed out loud at this. Nonnie, I don’t know where you find these doggie pictures, but they are priceless!!! I loved John’s answers! Great interview!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. John Fioravanti | Reply

      Thanks, Jan, Nonnie’s doggie pictures certainly are priceless!


  9. D.L. Finn, Author | Reply

    What a fun interview! Always great pictures:)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. John Fioravanti | Reply

      Thanks a bunch, Denise!


  10. Wonderful Nonnie & John – the doggie pics were perfect – you guys crack me up!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. John Fioravanti | Reply

      Thanks, Wendy, we always do our best!


  11. John Fioravanti | Reply

    Thanks, Nonnie, for the great honour of being selected as September’s “Spotlight” Author. And thanks to the generous members who supported me this month!


    1. You are so very welcome, Mr. John!

      Liked by 1 person

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