Nicole Jocleen is a graduate of Southern University A&M College with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Mass Communications.
She began her writing career at her college newspaper, The Southern DIGEST.
Nicole has also written for The Baton Rouge Weekly Press, The Tulsa World, and OnWax Magazine.
Nicole recently released her first book of poems entitled, Right Over Wrong.
B2M presents our exclusive interview with Nicole Jocleen.
B2M: Welcome to Books2Mention Magazine.
Please tell our readers about your book, Right Over Wrong.
NICOLE: It’s a poetry book. A lot of the poems were birthed out of frustration with people. It’s definitely my thoughts on paper.
B2M: What was the inspiration for writing this book of poems?
NICOLE: Actually, two of my friends that I went to college with had written or were working on books. I was impressed by their ambition. I realized that there was probably something else that I could be doing with my life besides going to work and coming home. I prayed to God and asked him to reveal it to me. Within like two days, he did and that’s when I began writing.
B2M: Is there a particular author or poet that you most admire, that has influenced your interest in writing?
NICOLE: Maya Angelou and Tupac Shakur when it comes to poetry. I know that sounds funny, but it’s the truth.
B2M: Your book covers a diverse range of subjects. Is there a specific subject or cause that you wish to write about in the future?
NICOLE: I am interested in all aspects of writing. So I would love to pursue song writing as well as script writing. A subject that I am passionate about is Black Wall Street. I would like to work on a script for that. I feel like so many stories have been depicted on the big screen and that one should be as well.
B2M: Your poetry also deals with loss and love in relationships. Does writing from this prospective come easy to you?
NICOLE: It’s very easy for me to write those types of poems. What’s hard is deciding if I am ready for other people to actually read it. I have a poem in this book titled “I met a guy.” It’s about how throughout my life I have met guys and attempted to have relationships but they didn’t work out. I’m not blaming them; they just weren’t who God created for me. Whenever I talk to my grandma, she always brings that poem up. She’s like I didn’t realize you had all those boyfriends. I just laugh and think maybe I should have left that one out!
B2M: How important is it for you to include world issues in your work?
NICOLE: It’s important. There are things going on in the world that we often feel we don’t have the power to change. So instead of allowing that to sadden or discourage you, write about it. You’ll feel better.
B2M: Do you have a favorite book? If so, please share it with us.
NICOLE: American Star by Jackie Collins. My mother has a small library of books. I would always go through the first couple of pages and decide if I wanted to read it. I read the first page of American Star and it had me automatically. It’s about everything that intrigues me about life. It’s a good book. I was probably too young to read it at the time, but that’s ok.
B2M: Besides writing, do you have a favorite past time?
NICOLE: I would say watching reality T.V.! I love reality T.V. so much that when I watch regular sitcoms I feel unfulfilled. It’s sad.
B2M: Do you agree that writing is therapeutic for the soul?
NICOLE: Definitely. Writing your thoughts on paper is like saying them aloud. Whatever the issue is, once you write it down it’s like suddenly you are over it. You feel like “wow, I’m glad I got that off my chest.”
B2M: What advice would you like to offer to future authors?
NICOLE: Write whatever comes to mind. If you have an idea for a type of story that has never been written before, write it! You haven’t heard it before because the world is waiting on you to write it. To be groundbreaking you have to be different and to be different is to be yourself.
B2M: Nicole we encourage you to continue writing great books that focus on love and loss, relationships and world issues. We look forward to hearing more from you.
Thanks for interviewing with Books2Mention Magazine. Please be sure to come back again and keep readers informed about all of your future endeavors.
Much Success To You!
The Staff @ Books2Mention Magazine
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Books by Nicole Jocleen include: