Monday, June 23, 2014

Author Interview: Tonya Kappes

I'm so excited about this interview with Author Tonya Kappes. Tonya is one of my favorite authors and just recently released her latest novel, Checked Crime, A Laurel London Mystery.

B&BR: Hi Tonya! Thank you for joining me at Bottles & Books Reviews and congratulations on the release of Checkered Crime.
TK: Thank you! I’m thrilled to be here.
B&BR: What was the inspiration behind your latest book, Checkered Crime? 
TK: I have taken a few interesting rides in taxis and I thought it would be a hoot to have a woman sleuth that drives a taxi.
Laurel London seems like quite the spitfire. Is Laurel based on anyone you know? 
TK: No. She’s someone I admire. She’s a go getter and has a big heart. I think everyone would love to be Laurel for the day.
B&BR: It's been a big year already for you with the releases of Crimped To Death, Tag...You're It, and now Checkered Crime. Do you have your next project in the works? 
TK: Yes! When I started writing, I KNEW I was a romance writer…WRONG! Definitely mystery. BUT I had the Grandberry Falls Romance Series out and gained a lot of romance readers who have crossed over to mystery. In order to keep them happy, I started a new romance series, Bluegrass Romance Series. The second book, Taming Mr. Right, will be out early fall.
B&BR: Your series, Magical Cures, is set in Whispering Falls. Is there a small town that gave you an idea for this idealistic setting? 
TK: There isn’t. I played the what if game and a place I would like to visit. I love cozy shops and a magical feel is the icing on the cake.
B&BR: Will there be a new Magical Cures book coming our way? 
TK: Yes! I’m hoping early winter. But I can’t tell you the details
B&BR: What authors have inspired you the most? TK: Hmm….inspired me? I can’t think of any.
B&BR: What made you decide you wanted to be an author? If you weren't writing, what do you think you would be doing? 
TK: I’ve always been a good storyteller, so my husband encourage me to try to write a novel. His positive words was all it took. The next day I was writing. I was a child therapist and I’d still be doing that if I weren’t writing full time.
B&BR: What five books would you absolutely have to have with you if you were stranded on an island? TK: I’d take pen and pencil.
B&BR: Do you have a favorite quote? 
TK: Thoughts become things. . .choose the good ones!
B&BR: Out of all the books you have written, what one is your favorite and which is your favorite character? 
TK: Hey now! That’s like picking a favorite kid….but I’m a tad bit partial to June Heal in the Magical Cures Mystery Series. She’s all sorts of fun and magical
This OR That 
Soda or tea? Diet coke, extra ice in a Styrofoam cup! 
Chocolate or wine? Chocolate! 
Ocean or lake? Ocean! 
Beach or mountains? Beach! 
Reading or television? Reading  
Horror or comedy? Comedy!

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., 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,

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Also by Tonya Kappes

Carpe Bead ‘em

The Perfect Ten Box Set

An Olivia Davis Paranormal Mystery
Color Me a Crime
Color Me Love Short Story

Bluegrass Romance Series
Grooming Mr. Right

Grandberry Falls Series
The Ladybug Jinx
Happy New Life
A Superstitious Christmas
Never Tell Your Dreams

A Divorced Diva Mystery Series
A Bead of Doubt Short Story
Strung Out To Die

A Magical Cures Mystery
A Charming Crime
A Charming Cure
A Charming Potion Short Story
A Charming Wish
A Charming Spell

A Charming Magic

Beyond the Grave Series
A Ghostly Undertaking

A Laurel London Mystery
Checkered Crime

Small Town Romance Short Story Series
A New Tradition
The Dare Me Date

The Tricked-Out Toolbox~Promotional and Marketing Tools Every Writer Needs

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