NONNIE JULES is a mother, a wife, a dog lover, a great supporter of others and all around great friend. She hails from Louisiana and is an avid reader and lover of books. "DAYDREAM'S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE'S FRIEND" will be her second piece of published work. "THE GOOD MOMMIES' GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS", 100 Tips On Raising Daughters Everyone Can't Help But Love! has turned into a really big hit for parents of girls and boys alike. You can preview it at amazon.com/dp/B00CP62O56 and you can also view this tear-jerker of a book trailer here at youtu.be/zg15rptFN2g.
This is the 3rd stop on the 7-day MEET THE CHARACTERS...blog tour and so far it's been a hit and a hoot! People are loving these characters (or hating them)! On Sunday we all met Maiya, the main character and on Monday we met her mother Aurelia. You can follow the rest of the tour here at http://wp.me/p3sUCq-rv or go back and catch the interviews you've missed already. The author would definitely like for you to keep in touch with her on Twitter @nonniejules as well as via a FOLLOW of her blog WATCH NONNIE WRITE!
And now, it's time to meet the character DURAN LEE, JR.
Q: Hello Duran, welcome. May I ask what your part in this fabulous story might be? Who are you and where do you come from?
A: Well, you obviously already know my name but I'm from the hoods and the streets of south side Chicago. Inglewood, to be more exact.
Q: How did you meet Aurelia?
A: I met her in a night club. We started dancing and just hit it off from there.
Q: Did you know that she had five kids already and that she was seven years older than you?
A: It didn't matter to me how many kids she had. I love kids and kids love me. Did I know she was older? Heck no, cuz' she looks so young! She was a real catch back then.
Q: Maiya and her mom (Aurelia) don't seem to get along at all. And you appear to be at the center of that. Would you like to give us your take on what the fighting is about here?
A: Maiya and her mom (I think) had this bad relationship BEFORE I came into the picture. She has also accused me of doing inappropriate things to her and that has pi$$ed her mom off. Some things you just don't say.
Q: Well did you?
A: Did I what?
Q: Did you do inappropriate things to her, like she has said?
A: Look, if I'm gonna be accused of things I can leave now!
Q: Duran, I wasn't accusing you, I was merely asking a question which you seem to not want to answer, so we'll just move on.
A: Thank you. Cuz' I didn't come here to talk about no inappropriate things and to be quizzed like I'm some kind of murderer.
Q: Duran, you do know that this is an interview, right?
A: Look, one more smart-a$$ question from you and you're gonna make me come across this table. Of course I know this is a damned interview!
Q: Duran, I'm sorry. Would you please just calm down?
A: And I don't like people telling me to calm down. THAT'S the dumbest thing in the world to say to somebody you just pi$$ed off! Now do you have anymore questions for me? I mean the kind worth answering? If not, I can get outta this joint.
Q: Is it true that you spent time in prison for multiple things and that while you were back in Chicago, you once beat a man so badly that when he was found, he was barely clinging to life?
A: And, what of it?
Q: Well, it would be kind of hard to get readers to believe that you didn't do the things that Maiya has accused you of, when you have a rap sheet so long and then you readily admit to doing these other horrible things in the past. Why should anyone believe you?
A: Nobody has to believe me. As long as Aurelia believes me, I don't really care what others think. Including you.
Q: WOW. OK. May we ask how you feel about Maiya since she's made these "accusations" against you?
A: I forgive the girl. C'mon, she's just a child and all children like to make things up, you know? What am I gonna do...stay mad with her because she LIED on me?
Q: Duran, do you know how this story is going to end?
A: If I did, do you think I'd be sitting here with you answering questions?
INTERVIEWER: "DAYDREAM'S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE'S FRIEND", after having two release dates that were put off, will finally be released on Amazon October 31, 2013. That's Halloween and so this release will tie in perfectly with that day. Not that it's scary, but it's not a very pretty story and Halloween is not a very pretty holiday, right? You can view the book trailer here atyoutu.be/qbUK3XQ5-dA and you may also read an excerpt from the book here http://wp.me/P3sUCq-gj.
We hope that you have enjoyed meeting this character although I personally didn't find him very likable. But, that's just my two-cents. Please engage him below with comments, let's see how he responds. You never know. Also, everyone who does leave a comment for this character will be entered into a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card. If you're following all seven days of the tour, be sure and leave a comment at each stop because you get an entry for each comment left! Is Duran Lee, Jr. lying about what he's done to Maiya? Could Maiya be making all this stuff up? What do you think? How do you think this story will play out and end? Stay tuned and mark your calendars!
Nonnie Jules, Author
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