Q&A w/ Jeanine Nicole

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Jeanine Nicole knew she wanted to be a writer when she was just five-years-old. She wrote her first short story, “The Princess Who Never Wins” in kindergarten, and she’s been writing ever since. Jeanine has published two books, “The College Tour” and “The First Day of School,” along with several eBooks, and she runs a production company as well.

 

“A DayDream Production is a company I created with the vision to help others see their dreams come true, whether it is through a publication of books, magazines, stage plays, or screenplays,” Jeanine says.

 

After struggling with various jobs, Jeanine finally decided to make her dream a reality. “I have always wanted to be an author, and I hope you enjoy my work.”

 

Because of her own setbacks and difficulties stemming from a failed relationship, Jeanine also serves as a mentor to young women and other single mothers, encouraging them to stay motivated and never give up on their dreams.

 

Learn more about Jeanine in our interview with her:

 

How did you become interested in writing?
I’ve been writing since I was five-years-old. I can’t remember ever wanting to be anything but a writer. I would write short stories almost daily and always said I would be the youngest person on a bestseller’s list. I may not be the youngest [now], but I am definitely still trying to get on that list.

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What inspired you to write your latest eBook, “Choices”?

I actually wrote my latest book almost 11 years ago. I was in high school, bored in one of my classes, when I noticed two new male students. They were from New York and totally different from the Atlanta guys around. I started daydreaming about dating one of them, and it turned into a daily story that I worked on. I used to have classmates waiting to read the latest edition in between class assignments.

 

Can you tell us about your company, A DayDream Production?

A DayDream Production is a production company that is looking to help people turn their dreams into reality. We focus on editing, typesetting, book covers, publishing, screenplay writing, and more. This company is something that I want to eventually be on the same level as Harpo (Oprah’s company); [I want to] be able to help produce a variety of entertainment projects. Right now, I’m focusing on more of the publishing of books, but as a production company, the sky is the limit.

 

You’ve overcome some difficult times in your life. Can you share a little about your journey?
I feel like my journey began the day I graduated from high school. I became pregnant shortly after, at 19, became homeless and pregnant again a few years later, dealt with mentally abusive relationships , dealt with constant depression, and I’m still dealing with the day-to-day battle of finding my purpose in life. I used to feel like there was a curse over me, because I didn’t do crazy things to end up in the situations I was in. I literally would just have things happen to me that no one would imagine. But now that I’m 28, I’ve  realized that this is the life of a writer.

 

As a writer, I write better when I’m personally going through something. This is where my best work comes from. I attribute all the pain, frustration, heartache, and overall tired feelings to being able to produce amazing work. I have a saying: No pain = no words. It is extremely true with my life. If I didn’t go through these situations, I wouldn’t be able to look back and see the journey for what it is: a learning experience and another chapter.

 

How did you get through those rough times?

There were days where I felt like death was much easier than living. These were the days that most would say to look to your children for motivation to continue; I would do the opposite and see it as a reason to go through with it. I felt like they would be better off without  me. When it got this hard, I would write. Even if it was just me doodling and writing random words, a pen in my hand seemed to take everything away. It’s hard to explain, but that’s what truly got me through it. That release of writing whatever I wanted was my therapy.

 

How do you stay encouraged?

I stay encouraged now because I know where I’ve come from. I was in a shelter and pregnant. Yes, it gets worse, but that was pretty damn bad. I often think about how that [circumstance] was just three years ago. How much I overcame with that situation is what keeps me going today. It gives me strength to know that whatever is thrown at me isn’t as bad as that situation, and if I could come out of that on top, I can do anything.

 

I also stay encouraged by reminding myself of my accomplishments. It’s hard sometimes because I’m not where I want to be, and I can be a little hard on myself. But I’m learning to recognize my accomplishments as real accomplishments, even if others don’t see it that way. I can Google my name, and my books come up. If that’s not an accomplishment and a step in the right direction, then I don’t know what is.

 

What advice do you have for women about following and living their dreams?
My advice would be to keep going. It can be so easy to just give up and do the regular life. I always feel that I never excelled in just having a normal life because that’s not God’s plan. It’s easy to get caught up and complacent with just being able to pay bills and take care of things, that many forget to go after their heart’s desires. But that’s what life is all about. Doing what you love and being able to make money doing it is to take care of your responsibilities. This is the ultimate goal, and I believe that people lose sight of this with the everyday shuffle.

 

I would encourage women to start taking more time for themselves, be a little selfish. and pursue their dreams. Whatever the dream is, find out how to incorporate it into your life. I remember watching a video of Willow, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jada’s mom. Jada was talking about how a mother has to pursue her dreams and happiness in order for the family dynamic to really work. This is so true. If you go through life regretting not fulfilling a dream, you will, in turn, not be fully happy, and this will take a toll on your family. Your life is your life. Be happy in your own right, and make it happen. It’s not impossible, and the benefits are the best.

 

What’s next for you?
What’s next for me is always a little hard to say. I’m always constantly thinking of new projects and more things to put out to the world. My one focus is trying to find various ways of bringing more positive representation of Black women and men to the media. Lately, I feel like that’s what I’m being drawn to do, especially with the production company. Another focus is producing my stage play from the adaptation of my book, “The College Tour.” I really look forward to having this done by the end of 2015. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while, and I feel like I’m in the right mindset to make it happen. I also have a few ideas for another children’s book that I want to write. My mind often goes all over the place when it comes to creating new projects. I guess that’s the Gemini side of me : )

 

Donate to help with the production of “The College Tour Play” by clicking here!

 

Jeanine Nicole knew she wanted to be a writer when she was just five-years-old. She wrote her first short story, “The Princess Who Never Wins” in kindergarten, and she’s been writing ever since. Jeanine has published two books, “The College Tour” and “The First Day of School,” along with several eBooks, and she runs a production company as well.

 

“A DayDream Production is a company I created with the vision to help others see their dreams come true, whether it is through a publication of books, magazines, stage plays, or screenplays,” Jeanine says.

 

After struggling with various jobs, Jeanine finally decided to make her dream a reality. “I have always wanted to be an author, and I hope you enjoy my work.”

 

Because of her own setbacks and difficulties stemming from a failed relationship, Jeanine also serves as a mentor to young women and other single mothers, encouraging them to stay motivated and never give up on their dreams.

 

Learn more about Jeanine in our interview with her:

 

How did you become interested in writing?
I’ve been writing since I was five-years-old. I can’t remember ever wanting to be anything but a writer. I would write short stories almost daily and always said I would be the youngest person on a bestseller’s list. I may not be the youngest [now], but I am definitely still trying to get on that list.

 

What inspired you to write your latest eBook, “Choices”?

I actually wrote my latest book almost 11 years ago. I was in high school, bored in one of my classes, when I noticed two new male students. They were from New York and totally different from the Atlanta guys around. I started daydreaming about dating one of them, and it turned into a daily story that I worked on. I used to have classmates waiting to read the latest edition in between class assignments.

 

Can you tell us about your company, A DayDream Production?

A DayDream Production is a production company that is looking to help people turn their dreams into reality. We focus on editing, typesetting, book covers, publishing, screenplay writing, and more. This company is something that I want to eventually be on the same level as Harpo (Oprah’s company); [I want to] be able to help produce a variety of entertainment projects. Right now, I’m focusing on more of the publishing of books, but as a production company, the sky is the limit.

 

You’ve overcome some difficult times in your life. Can you share a little about your journey?
I feel like my journey began the day I graduated from high school. I became pregnant shortly after, at 19, became homeless and pregnant again a few years later, dealt with mentally abusive relationships , dealt with constant depression, and I’m still dealing with the day-to-day battle of finding my purpose in life. I used to feel like there was a curse over me, because I didn’t do crazy things to end up in the situations I was in. I literally would just have things happen to me that no one would imagine. But now that I’m 28, I’ve  realized that this is the life of a writer.

 

As a writer, I write better when I’m personally going through something. This is where my best work comes from. I attribute all the pain, frustration, heartache, and overall tired feelings to being able to produce amazing work. I have a saying: No pain = no words. It is extremely true with my life. If I didn’t go through these situations, I wouldn’t be able to look back and see the journey for what it is: a learning experience and another chapter.

 

How did you get through those rough times?

There were days where I felt like death was much easier than living. These were the days that most would say to look to your children for motivation to continue; I would do the opposite and see it as a reason to go through with it. I felt like they would be better off without  me. When it got this hard, I would write. Even if it was just me doodling and writing random words, a pen in my hand seemed to take everything away. It’s hard to explain, but that’s what truly got me through it. That release of writing whatever I wanted was my therapy.

 

How do you stay encouraged?

I stay encouraged now because I know where I’ve come from. I was in a shelter and pregnant. Yes, it gets worse, but that was pretty damn bad. I often think about how that [circumstance] was just three years ago. How much I overcame with that situation is what keeps me going today. It gives me strength to know that whatever is thrown at me isn’t as bad as that situation, and if I could come out of that on top, I can do anything.

 

I also stay encouraged by reminding myself of my accomplishments. It’s hard sometimes because I’m not where I want to be, and I can be a little hard on myself. But I’m learning to recognize my accomplishments as real accomplishments, even if others don’t see it that way. I can Google my name, and my books come up. If that’s not an accomplishment and a step in the right direction, then I don’t know what is.

 

What advice do you have for women about following and living their dreams?
My advice would be to keep going. It can be so easy to just give up and do the regular life. I always feel that I never excelled in just having a normal life because that’s not God’s plan. It’s easy to get caught up and complacent with just being able to pay bills and take care of things, that many forget to go after their heart’s desires. But that’s what life is all about. Doing what you love and being able to make money doing it is to take care of your responsibilities. This is the ultimate goal, and I believe that people lose sight of this with the everyday shuffle.

 

I would encourage women to start taking more time for themselves, be a little selfish. and pursue their dreams. Whatever the dream is, find out how to incorporate it into your life. I remember watching a video of Willow, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jada’s mom. Jada was talking about how a mother has to pursue her dreams and happiness in order for the family dynamic to really work. This is so true. If you go through life regretting not fulfilling a dream, you will, in turn, not be fully happy, and this will take a toll on your family. Your life is your life. Be happy in your own right, and make it happen. It’s not impossible, and the benefits are the best.

 

What’s next for you?
What’s next for me is always a little hard to say. I’m always constantly thinking of new projects and more things to put out to the world. My one focus is trying to find various ways of bringing more positive representation of Black women and men to the media. Lately, I feel like that’s what I’m being drawn to do, especially with the production company. Another focus is producing my stage play from the adaptation of my book, “The College Tour.” I really look forward to having this done by the end of 2015. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while, and I feel like I’m in the right mindset to make it happen. I also have a few ideas for another children’s book that I want to write. My mind often goes all over the place when it comes to creating new projects. I guess that’s the Gemini side of me : )

 

Donate to help with the production of “The College Tour Play” by clicking here!

Jeanine Nicole knew she wanted to be a writer when she was just five-years-old. She wrote her first short story, “The Princess Who Never Wins” in kindergarten, and she’s been writing ever since. Jeanine has published two books, “The College Tour” and “The First Day of School,” along with several eBooks, and she runs a production company as well.

 

“A DayDream Production is a company I created with the vision to help others see their dreams come true, whether it is through a publication of books, magazines, stage plays, or screenplays,” Jeanine says.

 

After struggling with various jobs, Jeanine finally decided to make her dream a reality. “I have always wanted to be an author, and I hope you enjoy my work.”

 

Because of her own setbacks and difficulties stemming from a failed relationship, Jeanine also serves as a mentor to young women and other single mothers, encouraging them to stay motivated and never give up on their dreams.

 

Learn more about Jeanine in our interview with her:

 

How did you become interested in writing?
I’ve been writing since I was five-years-old. I can’t remember ever wanting to be anything but a writer. I would write short stories almost daily and always said I would be the youngest person on a bestseller’s list. I may not be the youngest [now], but I am definitely still trying to get on that list.

 

What inspired you to write your latest eBook, “Choices”?

I actually wrote my latest book almost 11 years ago. I was in high school, bored in one of my classes, when I noticed two new male students. They were from New York and totally different from the Atlanta guys around. I started daydreaming about dating one of them, and it turned into a daily story that I worked on. I used to have classmates waiting to read the latest edition in between class assignments.

 

Can you tell us about your company, A DayDream Production?

A DayDream Production is a production company that is looking to help people turn their dreams into reality. We focus on editing, typesetting, book covers, publishing, screenplay writing, and more. This company is something that I want to eventually be on the same level as Harpo (Oprah’s company); [I want to] be able to help produce a variety of entertainment projects. Right now, I’m focusing on more of the publishing of books, but as a production company, the sky is the limit.

 

You’ve overcome some difficult times in your life. Can you share a little about your journey?
I feel like my journey began the day I graduated from high school. I became pregnant shortly after, at 19, became homeless and pregnant again a few years later, dealt with mentally abusive relationships , dealt with constant depression, and I’m still dealing with the day-to-day battle of finding my purpose in life. I used to feel like there was a curse over me, because I didn’t do crazy things to end up in the situations I was in. I literally would just have things happen to me that no one would imagine. But now that I’m 28, I’ve  realized that this is the life of a writer.

 

As a writer, I write better when I’m personally going through something. This is where my best work comes from. I attribute all the pain, frustration, heartache, and overall tired feelings to being able to produce amazing work. I have a saying: No pain = no words. It is extremely true with my life. If I didn’t go through these situations, I wouldn’t be able to look back and see the journey for what it is: a learning experience and another chapter.

 

How did you get through those rough times?

There were days where I felt like death was much easier than living. These were the days that most would say to look to your children for motivation to continue; I would do the opposite and see it as a reason to go through with it. I felt like they would be better off without  me. When it got this hard, I would write. Even if it was just me doodling and writing random words, a pen in my hand seemed to take everything away. It’s hard to explain, but that’s what truly got me through it. That release of writing whatever I wanted was my therapy.

 

How do you stay encouraged?

I stay encouraged now because I know where I’ve come from. I was in a shelter and pregnant. Yes, it gets worse, but that was pretty damn bad. I often think about how that [circumstance] was just three years ago. How much I overcame with that situation is what keeps me going today. It gives me strength to know that whatever is thrown at me isn’t as bad as that situation, and if I could come out of that on top, I can do anything.

 

I also stay encouraged by reminding myself of my accomplishments. It’s hard sometimes because I’m not where I want to be, and I can be a little hard on myself. But I’m learning to recognize my accomplishments as real accomplishments, even if others don’t see it that way. I can Google my name, and my books come up. If that’s not an accomplishment and a step in the right direction, then I don’t know what is.

 

What advice do you have for women about following and living their dreams?
My advice would be to keep going. It can be so easy to just give up and do the regular life. I always feel that I never excelled in just having a normal life because that’s not God’s plan. It’s easy to get caught up and complacent with just being able to pay bills and take care of things, that many forget to go after their heart’s desires. But that’s what life is all about. Doing what you love and being able to make money doing it is to take care of your responsibilities. This is the ultimate goal, and I believe that people lose sight of this with the everyday shuffle.

 

I would encourage women to start taking more time for themselves, be a little selfish. and pursue their dreams. Whatever the dream is, find out how to incorporate it into your life. I remember watching a video of Willow, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jada’s mom. Jada was talking about how a mother has to pursue her dreams and happiness in order for the family dynamic to really work. This is so true. If you go through life regretting not fulfilling a dream, you will, in turn, not be fully happy, and this will take a toll on your family. Your life is your life. Be happy in your own right, and make it happen. It’s not impossible, and the benefits are the best.

 

What’s next for you?
What’s next for me is always a little hard to say. I’m always constantly thinking of new projects and more things to put out to the world. My one focus is trying to find various ways of bringing more positive representation of Black women and men to the media. Lately, I feel like that’s what I’m being drawn to do, especially with the production company. Another focus is producing my stage play from the adaptation of my book, “The College Tour.” I really look forward to having this done by the end of 2015. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while, and I feel like I’m in the right mindset to make it happen. I also have a few ideas for another children’s book that I want to write. My mind often goes all over the place when it comes to creating new projects. I guess that’s the Gemini side of me : )

 

Donate to help with the production of “The College Tour Play” by clicking here!

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