Tonya Kappes interview with David Alan Binder

Post date: May 4, 2017 11:00:35 PM

Tonya Kappes interview with David Alan Binder

Bio: Tonya has written over 35 novels and 4 novellas, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists including USA Today. Best known for stories charged with emotion and humor, and filled with flawed characters, her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews. She lives with her husband, two very spoiled schnauzers in northern Kentucky and grew up in the small southern Kentucky town of Nicholasville. Now that her four little boys are all grown men, Tonya writes fulltime but can be found at her Old Kentucky Home with a sweet tea or coffee in hand while rockin’ on her front porch.

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1. How do you pronounce your name (only answer if appropriate)?

Cap Piss Hahhaa!!

2. Where are you currently?

I live in Kentucky in the United States.

3. What is the most important thing that you have learned in your writing experience, so far? Write, write, write and keep writing even after you finish a book.

3. Tell us your insights on self-publish or use a publisher?

I am a hybrid author. Initially seven years ago I started out self-publishing. After I hit the USA Today bestseller list with two books in one week, the publishing industry started knocking.

a. Who is the name of your publisher and in what city are they located?

I‘m with three publishers. Henery Press-Texas, HarperCollins-NYC, NY, Crooked Lane Publisher-NYC, NY

5. Any insights eBooks vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing?

I love all books and any form you can get them. I ‘m beyond thrilled readers have the options as well as audio.

6. Do you have any secret tips for writers on getting a book published? Hahhaa! Thick skin. Keep writing. Both of those are a necessity.

7. How did you or would you suggest acquire an agent? Any tips for new writers on getting one? I‘ve had three agents now. When I got my first one, I watched all the major agencies that was a good reputation on selling cozy mysteries. When one of their assistants started to take on clients, I knew my chances were pretty good because they were trying to build their client list. As my career has grown, I‘ve gotten better agents and more of a go-getter attitude.

8. How many books have you written?

40 total and 35 published.

9. Do you have any suggestions for providing twists in a good story?

Hahha! I find that throwing in another dead body is good.

10. What makes your or any book stand out from the crowd?

My books are southern and funny. Since I write about murders and crime, I find that people love that little bit of southern fun and charm to offset.

11. What are some ways in which you promote your work?

I‘m very interactive with my readers. I host my own reader conference every October where I rent a real train where we have supper and a mystery theatre act on board. It‘s a full weekend. I don‘t necessarily promote myself, but it‘s the best way to meet my readers and they see the real me and how I do care about them.

12. What saying or mantra do you live by?

Thoughts become things, think the good ones.

13. Anything else you would like to say?

Thank you so much for having me!!