2017 Block Party Post: Nonnie Interviews Marco Rossini

Welcome to our RRBC Spring Book & Blog Block Party! I’m so pleased to welcome you to my blog site, Words To Captivate, today!

There are two prizes for lucky visitors today:

The first prize is a $10 Amazon gift certificate.

The second prize is a signed paperback copy of my newest non-fiction release, Reflections (to a winner residing in Canada or the USA. If the winner resides elsewhere I will gift that person with any two of my four publications by way of Kindle Gift Cards.)

# of Winners on this stop: 2 

I have two published novels in my science fiction series, The Genesis Saga, Book 1 is Passion & Struggle, and Book 2 is Treachery & Triumph. Humanity abandoned Earth in the late 21st Century and travelled for 95 years to found a new civilisation on the tropical planet, Genesis. My books pick up their story some 600 years after they arrived at Genesis.

With her permission, I wrote a series of 21 character interviews featuring our club President, Nonnie Jules, as the main interviewer. Possessing great powers (who says I can’t write fantasy!) I whisked the two of us from planet Earth to Genesis, 700 years into the future. Nonnie met the main characters of the first two books of The Genesis Saga on their own turf. Yes, she found the trips a bit unsettling (who wouldn’t?) but she adapted well and earned the respect of each character she met. What follows below is the 21st and final episode originally titled: How Far Will You Go To Fulfil Your Duty? Nonnie is interviewing the main character, Vice President, Marco Rossini. The other interviews can be found here. Please enjoy!

In our last episode, Dr John introduced Author, Nonnie Jules to the big Irishman, ArcGeneral Pat Conroy, who grew up with Marco Rossini in Darymanis City. The two hit it off immediately and enjoyed chatting about Marco’s return from a near-fatal injury. Today, Nonnie finishes up her Treachery & Triumph Tour on Genesis with a visit to Vice President Marco Rossini’s home on the University of Genesis City campus. They have met before and established a warm rapport. She needs to know how he plans to carry out his duty.

(Nonnie and John appear at Marco’s front door where they are greeted by Agent, James Drury. Nonnie has made it clear to John that she must get home after she sees Marco.)

Drury: (Approaches them from behind as they stand before the front door.) “Good afternoon, do you have business here… ” (They turn to face him, and he immediately recognises John) “Hello, Dr John! Does the Vice President know you’re visiting today?”

John: “Good to see you, James. No, but he did ask me to bring Mrs Jules by for a visit the next time she was in town.”

Drury: (Smiles and nods respectfully to Nonnie, and then speaks into his comm unit.) “He asked me to show you inside. Please follow me – I’ll take you to the living room where you can make yourself at home.”

(Once inside, Nonnie and John take seats in two comfortable chairs surrounding a coffee table, and Drury excuses himself.)

Nonnie: (Eyes John carefully.) “You know, the people around here – well, everybody knows you and clearly hold you in great respect… how did you manage that?”

(John winks at her but his reply is cut off as Marco strides into the room with delight written all over his face. He goes to Nonnie first and gives her a warm hug when she stands to greet him. They exchange pleasantries for a moment and then Marco greets John warmly as well. Marco takes a seat in the lone empty chair in the setting.)

Marco: “This is such a delightful surprise! I finished at the office early today to come home and work out with Ted… but I’d rather chat with you two for a while.”

Nonnie: “You look better than ever after your tragic injuries. How do you feel?”

Marco: “Nonnie, you’re too kind. Physically, I’ve never felt better in my life…”

Nonnie: “Please forgive me for interrupting, Marco, but I’m not being kind. I don’t sugarcoat my truth and I don’t pull any punches…”

Marco: (holding up his hands grinning) “Okay, okay… you have the job. You can start on my security team tomorrow!”

Nonnie: (Smiles and nods to John) “You’re quick, Marco, and I just love smart men! However, I do have a family to look after…” (Sends John a stern look) “You returned to Genesis to find that the Rouge terrorists had launched a few unsuccessful attempts to kill some people on their list. How did you feel about that?”

Marco: (Nodding his head thoughtfully.) “I was appalled, but not surprised, nor did I feel panicked. I had more than one chat with Setter Caine who convinced me that I had to tap into the warrior spirit within me. I also had a lot of time on Earth to think about my life, who I am, and the resources I have around me. So… I came back here ready to do battle – to fight for our way of life and for the people I love.”

Nonnie: (Looks into his eyes intently) “I see. Just how far are you willing to go?”

Marco: “The Rouge aren’t going to go quietly. They’re fanatics and won’t listen to reason. They believe they have a holy mission ordained by the Gods. I command the Alpha Corps. These highly trained men and women might need backup from the Marine Corps and the Navy. These warriors and their officers who advise me will be all the weaponry I’ll need to eliminate them.”

Nonnie: “Do you mean you’ll kill them, Marco?”

Marco: “We’ll hunt them down to arrest them. When they resist, they’ll be treated with extreme prejudice.”

Nonnie: (Sits quietly and reflects on his words and his tone.)“Will you be able to live with that, Marco? To order the deaths of people? Do you think it will change you?”

Marco: “My dear, I’ve already changed. This isn’t a political debate – the Rouge have declared war on this administration and made threats against the woman I love. Because of my position, I have a duty to protect this government and the citizens at large. I will carry out that duty to the best of my ability, even if it means that at the end of the day, I have blood on my hands.”

(Marco pauses, then resumes eye contact with Nonnie.)

“Tell me, Nonnie. Will my actions make me less of a man?”

Nonnie: “Marco, I don’t know what that course of action will do to you. I believe you are a caring and sensitive man, and I’d hate to see that destroyed by this “war”, as you put it. I admire the personal traits of strength and personal resolve – and you have both. If anyone can fight this war and emerge with their humanity intact, it’s Marco Rossini. I will pray for you.”

(Nonnie rises and extends her arms to Marco. He steps to her and gives her a hug.)

Marco: “Thank you so much for visiting today – both of you. I’m grateful for your love and support.”

Nonnie: “Fine! You and Marie can name your first daughter after me! Just kidding! Okay, Dr John, I need to get home to my babies, and my reality shows – in that order!”

(After bidding them farewell, Marco sees them to the door and is startled when they vanish. Within seconds they reappear in Nonnie’s office.)

Nonnie: “John, I can’t believe we were gone all day – look at the time… whaaat? That clock must be wrong. It says only 45 minutes have passed!”

(She turns back to John, but he’s gone. She smiles and shakes her head)

“These Canadians… what am I going to do with that man?”

Please sample The Genesis Saga prequels found in The Genesis Chronicles!

Thank you for visiting today. All four of my publications appear in the sidebar on the right. Click on each one to be taken directly to its own book page and learn more details. Thanks, again!


Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December, 2013, and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (http://fiorabooks.com), to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

79 thoughts on “2017 Block Party Post: Nonnie Interviews Marco Rossini”

  1. So sorry to miss your blog party day John – I was traveling back from SC today and just got to my computer. Great character interview – very clever! – MikeL


  2. That was great fun! What a clever way to introduce and explore a little of what encapsulates your characters, John. I’m loving the marvelous creativity I’m seeing on every step of this ‘Party’! Great post!


  3. This was so creative and interesting. What a great way to introduce characters from your books and all hail Wonder Woman for being so brave to travel to another world! Thank you for a fun blog post.


  4. The interviews are a joy to read, but you know that since I’m sure they were a joy to write. The longer I hang around you creative types, the more ideas I pick up. LOL! Enjoy the rest of the party, John!

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  5. Lucky you, John, you have the day all to yourself and you did splendidly. Okay, Mr. Center-of-Attention, I loved the interview. While I haven’t read your books yet, I do love Sci-fi, and I do hear they come highly recommended from reputable sources. I’m enjoying the Party immensely and look forward to getting to know many more members much better. I now know a little bit more about you. Thanks for allowing that. Party on, Mr. John!


    1. Thanks, Larry – I’m afraid I got the day to myself because the other person messed up somehow – lucky for me, is right! I hope you take the opportunity to dive into The Genesis Saga! Enjoy the rest of the party, Mr Larry!


  6. I read your books John, and I enjoyed those very entertaining trips you made with Nonnie to Genesis. I still remember them. 😀 I wish you a very happy and fruitful party today. Have fun!


  7. I really enjoyed your creative take on the interview, especially after reading “Passion & Struggle”. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. Fun post!


  8. An awesome approach showing up at the blog party with Nonnie as one of your characters. Love it. Now I must add the book to my reading list to see how the journey ends with the bookclub leading lady. You seem to be enjoying retirement by pursuing your passion for writing. Does a workaholic ever retire?


    1. Thanks for your kind words, Gracie! Nonnie is not a character in either of the novels. I thought it would be an interesting thing to create these scenarios where I whisked her many light years away and 700 years into the future to wander around Genesis and interview some of the characters. No, a workaholic never retires – he just reinvents himself. Thanks for your support today!

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      1. I recognized that Nonnie was not a character in your books – got that. Thought it was neat how you used her to introduce your characters.

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  9. A very clever way of introducing characters from your Gensis saga, John. I have both Passion & Struggle, and Treachery & Triumph on my Kindle and TBR. I enjoyed getting a glimpse into the world you built with this post.

    It sounds like you and Nonnie had fun chatting up the characters through your series of interviews. Have a great block party day!

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  10. What a fun read, John! RRBC writers are a creative bunch…and two working together definitely stretch the boundaries of possibility. Enjoy the Party!!

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  11. Great interview, Nonnie, John, and Marco! I’ve read your first two books, John, and have the 3rd on my TBR and kindle. Best of luck with everything! 🙂

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