Monday, May 28, 2018

Sleuthing Women Authors: Meet Tonya Kappes

Hello Black Words-White Pages fans and thank you for stopping by!! Ready to meet another Sleuthing Woman Author? Today we are featuring Tonya Kappes!! Click on her name to follow her on Facebook!! 

Now to get on with the interview!!

Tonya Kappes

What is the first book that made you cry?
To Kill A Mockingbird

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Energize! I love sitting down at the computer every morning.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

Have you ever gotten reader’s block?
Nope. I can read all day!

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Duffy Brown is my go-to gal. She’s so positive and uplifting no matter what!

Gosh…I love all my readers!

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Spirit animal~butterfly

What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
No. It’s a job.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Getting into their head.

How many hours a day do you write?

Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?

How do you select the names of your characters?
Phone book (YES! I still have a couple.)

If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
Once upon a time, I was a child therapist.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
No. I do NOT.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Yes! I put scavenger hunts in my books from items sent in by readers.

What was your hardest scene to write?
Killing off a very important character.

What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?
Nothing. I’m happy where I’m at.

What is your favorite childhood book?
All Nancy Drew books.

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Four weeks.

Who are some of your favorite authors? Seriously???
Not naming them.

What types of books do you enjoy in your downtime?

What sort of research did you do to write this book?
I try not to do anything that requires a lot of research, but I did take a baking class recently for a book.

How did you come up with the idea for your book?
I get ideas all over. I might read a headline and run with it.

What does a typical workday look like for you?
Get up and grab a coffee. I take care of my dogs and do a little email with a dash of promoting. I go to Jazzercise around 8:15 am and get home around 9:30. I immediately sit down in my office and write until 1 pm. Then…I take a shower, do things around the house while I’m watching Days of Our Lives. After that I finish up the next few hours doing office job type work.

What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book?
Escape into a funny mystery that will leave you happier than you came.

If your novel were being made into a movie, whom would you pick to play the lead roles?
I’ve never thought of this. Someone southern.

Do you outline books ahead of time or are you more of a by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer?
Seat of my pants…though I do know who is murdered, the killer, and why.

What do you do in your free time when you aren’t writing?
I have four boys (men) in college. One of my boys is on an NCAA basketball team, so I spend a lot of time on the road during basketball season. I love spending time with my husband and kiddos.

Do you put yourself in your books/characters at all?
I think every character has a touch of Tonya (wink).

What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as an author?
When readers email me about how one of the books helped them get through a crisis.

Out of all the books you’ve written, do you have a favorite?
Ummmm….and which one of my boys is my favorite?????

What are your top three favorite books of all time?
Three?? You’re totally killing me here!

Beaches, Bungalows, and Burglaries~ A Camper and Criminals Cozy Mystery Series 

Welcome to Normal, Kentucky~ where nothing is normal. A Campers and Criminal Mystery Series is another brainchild of USA Today Bestselling Author Tonya Kappes. If you love her quirky southern characters and small town charm with a mystery to solve, you're going to love her new cozy mystery series! 

Mae West, a far cry from the Hollywood actress, has been thrown for a loop. Her plush lifestyle in the big city of New York comes to a screeching halt after the FBI raids her mansion and arrests her husband, Paul West, for a Ponzi scheme that rips people out of millions of dollars.

Mae finds herself homeless, friendless, and penniless. All hope isn't lost. . .the only thing Mae got to keep that the government didn't seize is a tourist camp ground, Happy Trails, in Normal, Kentucky and an RV to live in. One problem, Mae's idea of camping has room service. 

By the look of the brochure, Happy Trails has plush Kentucky Bluegrass, a crystal clear lake, a beach chair with her name on it and thoughts of how much money it could bring her after she sells it. Mae figures she'll take a couple weeks vacation with her toes dipped in the lake. Things aren't always as they appear. The Kentucky Bluegrass is nothing but dirt and the crystal clue lake is murky with green slime on top.

Mae quickly find out that Happy Trails and the citizens of Normal were also victims of Paul's schemes, making her lower than tha lake scum in the residents' eyes. Mae doesn't think things could get much worse, but as luck would have it, Paul West has escaped from prison and is found dead, murdered, floating in the Happy Trails mucky green lake. 

Mae is the number one suspect on Detective Hank Sharp's short list. After all, Mae has the perfect motive as a kept wife who has been scorned to ashes, embarrassed to death, and seeking revenge. 

Time is running out for Mae to prove that she's innocent and nothing like her husband. If only she could get someone to believe her and talk Detective Sharp into looking at other residents who've lost all their savings to Paul's Ponzie scheme before the curtain is closed on this Hollywood namesake.


Thank you so much, Tonya, for stopping by today to talk with us!! This has been a lot of fun!! To know more about this author and her books starting on June 12, 2018, join the Facebook group HERE!!! There will be takeovers and lots of fun things to come!!

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