23 Questions with Chapter 23’s J Nicoel Western


Jumping right in with the ole classic for Question 1, What is your favorite color?

Honestly, I don’t have a favorite color! I enjoy every color. I have corny reasons as to why I love each color but other than that I do not have a favorite!


Fair enough. What about your favorite food?

I could eat El Charro’s cheese dip and salsa all day every day. Specifically the Carthage [Missouri] El Charro’s.


Speaking of the area, what’s your favorite thing about Missouri?

The annual Maple Leaf festival.


OoOoOh — me too, me too. What is your favorite memory from high school?

When our foreign exchange student didnt make the basketball team, I had a meeting with our coach and explained to him the importance of her being able to experience being part of our team. He then had me discuss it with the rest of the team and decided she could play! She didn’t get much playing time, but at our last game she threw up a three at the end and made it! I’ll never forget that day. Her name was Wann. We are still friends.


Question 5, What kind of pet do you prefer?



Agreed. They’re just the best. Question 6: What is your dream job?

I’m still not sure what I want to be when I grow up. I just want to be successful and see the world.


Where would you most like to travel?

London, China, Europe, New York, San Diego, San Francisco. I could go on and on…


Umm, hello New York girls’ trip — I’ll bring the drinks, you bring El Charro’s! Question 8: What quote or motto do you live by?

Be you, love you. All ways, always. Alex Elle.


And who do you look up to?



Who looks up to you?

My children and the many children I teach at the Preschool both present and past.


What was your favorite book growing up?

The Last Summer of You and Me


What is a funny fact about yourself?

Well. I often try to speak in different accents when I’m out and about.


That could be handy when travelling the world! Question 13: What is your favorite song?

Ki Ki, Do you love me? Just kidding. It’s Unchained Melody, by The Righteous Brothers.


Ahh, Unchained Melody, so good it makes me weepy… What is your favorite movie?

Slumdog Millionaire.


And your favorite season?



When do you feel most creative, day or night?



Question 17: What is the hardest part about writing?



What is something you were surprised to learn by writing Chapter 23?

That so many people ended up relating certain parts of my story to their lives.


What is something that most people don’t know about you?

My best friends are from Saudi Arabia, and my next 2 books will be about them. 👀


We’ll have to stay tuned! Question 20: If you could choose any profession, no matter how exotic, what would it be? (And yes, I realize now that I basically already asked this 🙈)

To travel and teach in other countries.


Like Saudi Arabia! Girls’ trip itinerary change! But serious question now, what is a hard lesson to learn?                                                        

That time waits for no one.


That is serious. Dang, I needed to hear that today. Who is your favorite writer?

Melissa Waldo.


And lastly, Question #23: What advice would you share with new writers?                                                                               

Just do it or it will never get done.


Oof. The procrastinator in me is feeling personally attacked.  You’re right, though! So, I gotta go! I suddenly remembered something I need to finish writing! Or start, whichever… 

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