January Jones is the author of Thou Shalt Not Whine and several books on the Kennedys. She also hosts her own radio show entitled “January Jones sharing Success Stories”; here is a link to her website:
Q: What inspired you to write Thou Shalt Not Whine?
A: I had wanted to deal with the “whining epidemic going on in our country. People were even whining about whining. My publisher suggested that I do s survey on the top ten things that people whine about for a book. I did the survey and it took on life of it’s own. We found that each age and stage of life comes with it’s own whines. The book ended up being 13 chapters with over 100+ cures for whining with humor and hope. Thou Shalt Not Whine: The Eleventh Commandment reached #1 at amazon.com
Q: Who are some of your writing influences?
A: I have always loved history and adore reading non-fictional stories about real people with their struggles, stories and their successes. One of my favorite writers is Joan Didion.
Q: What made you so interested in the Kennedys?
A: Like everyone else from my generation, I was fascinated with all of the Kennedys and Jackie in particular. I read everything about them and I was one of Jackie’s biggest fans. Then when I became a widow at 25 years and stood behind a flag draped coffin with 2 small children, I related to Jackie in a major way. After watching her life unfold, I wrote Jackie Ari & Jack: The Tragic Love Triangle. It is a controversial theory that will make more sense than anything you have ever heard before about JFK assassination. It is a love story with all of the elements of power, wealth, romance and murder. Aristotle Onassis was one of the most powerful men of that time and he considered Jackie the Crown Jewel of his collection of famous people. Basically, Ari needed CLASS and Jackie needed CASH. They were a perfect match for each other.
Q: What don’t most people understand about Jackie O?
A: Most people don’t realize that Jackie was not a wealthy woman. The Kennedy money was all in trust funds. When Jack died, she was left only $25,000 and the interest only to one of her children’s trust funds to be terminated upon re-marriage. Also most people do not understand that Jackie and Ari were an item before Jack was killed. Jack had forbidden Ari to even enter the country but Jackie went on a 17 day cruise with Ari that was a romantic interlude and he wooed her with $50,000 in jewels. Ari flew to Washington and was Jackie’s guest in the White House during the funeral, so one man was lying in state in the East Room and his enemy was in the guest room.
Q: What is the most inspiring success story you have had on your radio show?
A: There are so many that it is impossible to pick just one. However I just published a book entitled: Priceless Personalities: Success Stores Shared By January Jones that features 10 interviews from the show with guests who were unforgettable. They are the ones who have touched my heart and soul. They are the ones that I am honored to share with the world.
In this book, we’re talking about people dealing with problems such as incest, molestation, runaway kids, child abuse, drug abuse, polygamy, unemployment, scandal, starting over, self-confidence, self-esteem and workplace issues.
Then there are my guests dealing with difficult physical struggles such as blindness, cancer and birth defects that are beyond traumatic. My guests have all been exciting, eclectic, and energizing. They have amazed, amused and even astonished me.
Q: Does having the same name as a TV star help or hinder you?
A: It is a great help due to the name recognition on all of the search engines. There are two other women named January Jones. The Actress on Mad Men and there was an exotic dancer and singer of that name who used to appear on The Johnny Carson Show. She has videos posted on YouTube. Both of them are and were lovely, beautiful and very talented.
Q: What is the difference between whining and arguing a point?
A: There is a big difference in that whining can be annoying and it is a ploy to get attention. Whereas arguing a point, can help resolve issues and create understanding of a problem. One is very unhealthy and demeaning and the other can be very healthy and constructive way to deal with life.
Q: Who do you think is the whiniest celebrity? (Why)
A: Gosh, there are so many these days with all of the reality TV personalities out there trying to get attention be it good or bad. In my book, I name Joan Rivers as the Queen of Whining and Regis Philbin as The King of Whining.
Q: What advice would you give someone who wants to sell their book on Amazon?
A: I would suggest that they publish their book with amazon’s Create Space program. It is the most efficient way to publish these days and get exposure at amazon especially if you sign on to convert your book to their kindle program. I have self-published in the past and had a New York publisher but I have never encountered an easier way to a beginner to get started that with Create Space.
Q: If you were a Kennedy which Kennedy would you be and why?
A: Well, I must say that it would have to Jackie Kennedy. I have followed her life and feel that she was a true heroine for our times. Her life was difficult but very exciting and filled with amazing adventures. She was a woman to be admired. She was married to two of the most powerful and ruthless men of the last century. Jackie swam with sharks and when all was said and done she was the last one left standing. Plus, she had all the money and the love and respect of the world. Most importantly, she was a mother and a survivor who’s top priority were her children. It is sad that she never wrote her own story but her private papers are sealed until 2044 in order to protect her children and grandchildren. So perhaps when history is written in the future, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy will be the dominant Kennedy of the last century.
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