About your family/background, your location:
I’m the queen, princess, and jester of my family of six that include my husband, four teenage boys, and two boy dogs! We live in Kentucky.
What genre do you write? And why?
I write women’s fiction and cozy mystery.
What other genre interest you?
I love to read anything! Anything I can get my hands on.
What is the story behind your book?
I grew up in a small town and LOVED everything that came with it when I got older, and didn’t live there anymore. So it’s sorta a tribute or shout out to those small towns and how it made me appreciate it!
How do you decide your book cover?
I work with a cover artist who asks a lot of questions about the book and we brain storm. She comes up with a couple of different mock-ups and we tweak, until we agree.
Do you think readers decide based on book cover or book title?
Definitely a good book cover is the first thing they see.
If you write fiction; What’s the source of your inspiration? How much of YOU show up in your writing?
Hmmm...I think a little bit of me shows up in each book. It’s just natural for me to put in a part of a memory or situation.
Use one word/phrase to describe your book:
How have you found the writing process?
With four teenage boys in sports, my writing process is all over the board. I might write in car line, doctor’s offices, sporting practices, sporting games, middle of the night-you name it.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? How did you tackle it?
I've never had writer's block. I will say that when I do have a hard time coming up with a scene, I start to write long hand instead of my computer. I just let the words flow on paper and then transfer them to the screen.
Do you have a blog? What do you write about?
I have two grogs with a few other writers. The Naked Hero(http://thenakedhero.com/) is fun because we “strip heroes/heroines/villains” down to the scivvies. We explore all the archetypes and why we love and hate certain characters. It’s FUN!!
I also co-founded The Writer’s Guide To E Publishing (http://thewritersguidetoepublishing.com/). The four of my grog partners felt that e publishing was just taking the writing world by storm and we wanted to be a writers one-stop shop about the electronic world. You can find out everything you need to know from big NYC publishing to self publishing. It’s a fantastic site.
What books are on your shelf at home?
A lot of Jane Porter, Heather Weber, D.D. Scott, Misa Ramirez, Talli Roland, Barbara Silkstone, Sibel Hodge, and classics.
Any awards/achievement you want to share?
I had three book signings and all three SOLD OUT!! I was pretty pumped!!! (fist pumping in air).
Who’s your favourite author?
I wanted to answer this with something super deep, but I just can’t. It has to be Jane Porter!!!
What are you good at as an individual?
What form of entertainment do you enjoy most and why?
I love to read a good book and get lost in another world.
What are your other interests?
I love yoga, walking my dogs, and just relaxing with my family.
Your favourite pet?
Oh, I have two amazing Schnauzer dogs that lay at my feet or walk by my side.
What’s your choice meal/favourite restaurant?
What’s your music choice?
Name your favourite city in the world.
I’m going to have to go with St. Thomas Isle. Ahhhh!
Name your favourite world leader and why.
Dalai Lama-his peace and harmonious spirit.
If you had one wish, what would it be?
To be able to touch readers around the world with my words.
If you can change one thing, what would it be?
Nothing. No regrets! Everything happens for a reasonJ
What would you say you’re bad at?
What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done?
I really can't recall a really embarrassing moment! I embarrass myself all the time and I just roll with the punches!!
Anything else your readers don’t know about you?
I've always wanted to open a no-kill animal shelter and have every animal. My heart is so big for all creatures.
What’s your favourite quote?
“Thoughts become things....choose the good ones!”
Why should a reader buy your book?
My books are fun, and will have you experiencing every emotion in your body while making you smile and laugh.
What is your last word?
Where can your book be found/bought/website:
Amazon page with all my books: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_12?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=tonya+kappes&sprefix=tonya+kappes
Barnes and Noble page with all my books: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/tonya-kappes
Smashwords page with all my books: http://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=tonya+kappes
My website: http://tonyakappes.com/
Facebook and twitter!!
The Naked Hero: http://thenakedhero.com/
The Writer’s Guide to E Publishing: http://thewritersguidetoepublishing.com/
Thank you so much Tonya for taking time out to answer these questions.
Response from Tonya: Thank you so much for having me! Fun questions!!!! Cheers!
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