Friday, September 20, 2013

Welcome Author Tonya Kappes

My sweet friend, and bestselling author Tonya Kappes is making a much awaited blog appearance on Makenwords today. She has just released her latest novel, Grooming Mr. Right, one of fun "Bluegrass Romances." AND - Tonya is giving away a copy of Grooming Mr. Right to one lucky commenter!! So, post away!!!

Welcome Tonya! Let's begin with what attracted you to writing in the first place?
The idea that I could tell a story.

What genre are you most comfortable writing?
I consistently write in two genres: romance and mystery. I love them both. Once I finish a romance, I have to have a break and I get a chance to do that by starting a new mystery.

How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
Every novel of mine is set in a small town, I grew up in a small town. Every novel I write has to do with a strong family unit, my family is thick as thieves. I guess you could say that I want everyone to experience the love of a small town and the love of family that I did.

Where do you get your inspiration and ideas from?
Everywhere! It might be an overheard conversation, a situation, or just an idea that pops into my head.

Do you have any writing rituals or listen to “mood music” when you write? Where is your favorite place to write?
I do have some type of white noise going on in the background. Most of the time it is music. I love to write in my office or on my back porch starting at 6:00 am.

What’s your favorite place in the entire world?
My parent’s house.

Fame or fortune, which would you prefer?
Fortune!

What was your favorite part of this book to write? Which part was the hardest?
I love writing the coming of age of the protagonist. I love developing that storyline. The hardest part was when my protag realized what was truly important in her life and what she believed was never the case.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
Actress.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
I do have an outside career. I’m a Child Intervention Therapist. I guess you could call it my part time job where I work two half days a week. I love working with children and their families to become the best person they can be.

If you could live inside the world of a book would you choose?
I would have to pick Whispering Falls from the Magical Cures Series. It’s a magical place with talking crystal balls, fairy dust, and fairy god-cats~how fun is that?

Give your fans three fun facts that they may not already know about you.
I’m addicted to Red Hot candy. I order a large diet coke with extra ice in a stryofoam cup every single time I go to McDonalds. AND I’m scared of the dark.

Chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry?
Hands down, chocolate.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
Pen, paper and my hubby

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
It’s 285 pages that is filled with fun, love, laughter and coming of age.

You just made the USA TODAY BESTSELLERS list with TWO novels in the same week. WOW! How did that feel?
AMAZING! Nothing short of amazing! I was shocked with one, but two…..le sigh. The Perfect Ten is a box set collection of nine other bestselling authors that we put together in order to reach more readers and cross-promote, so I knew it would be well received by readers. But STRUNG OUT TO DIE! To make the list on my own is a dream come true. I couldn’t be more honored and grateful for it. I’m still giddy over it.

So what’s next for you as an author? Any last words?
I’ve got another book coming out in a brand new mystery series, A GHOSTLY UNDERTAKING. Plus I just had two novels debut on USA TODAY Bestseller list, and I’m excited to see where that goes.


Thank you Tonya for dropping by today. I want to ask all my readers to head out and grab a copy - if you want a fun, humorous, small-town romance, this book should be on your "MUST" read list. Below are all the links to buy Grooming Mr. Right, and find out more about Tonya!




About Tonya:
USA Today Bestselling Author, Tonya Kappes writes humorous cozy mystery and women’s fiction that involves quirky characters in quirky situations. Not only have her novels made the USA Today bestsellers list, but they are an Amazon Top 100 author, Amazon Movers and Shakers, and International bestsellers.
Splitsville.com, the first novel in the Olivia Davis Mystery Series, is a double finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Mystery and Humorous Categories.
Carpe Bead ‘em is 2012 winner in Amazon’s eFestival of Words in the Women’s Fiction Category.
A Charming Crime, the first novel in the Magical Cures, is the 2013 eFestival of Words in the Fantasy Category Winner.A New Tradition the Indie Romance Convention 2013 novella of the year.
When not being the princess, queen, and jester of her family of three teenage boys, an adoring husband, and three fury kids, she travels to various writing groups as guest speaker on “How to Market and Promote Your Novels Effectively,” where she is known as a marketing guru.
Become a member of Tonya’s STREET TEAM! It’s a gathering place of readers who love Tonya Kappes novels and Tonya gives away monthly prizes! To sign up for Tonya’s STREET TEAM, newsletter, view book trailer, and upcoming news, check out Tonya’s website, Tonyakappes.com.

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