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In the South, it’s better when the food is fried and the secrets kept buried…
After the dead body of a beloved Cottonwood resident is found tangled up in an electric fence, Sheriff Kenni Lowry has a hunch that somethin’ ain’t right. Her investigation heats up with a fierce cook-off competition, a euchre game where the intel is sweeter than the brownies, and a decades old family recipe that may just be the proof in the pudding.
The icing on the cake: Kenni is fighting an attraction to her recently sworn-in deputy sheriff, and election season is hot on her tail. When the killer comes after who she holds most dear, even her poppa’s ghostly guidance might not be enough to keep her and her own out of the frying pan.
I am happy to have Tonya Kappes here on Cindy’s Book Binge today.
What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
Oh! Authors who put other author name or book titles in their search engine so their books pop up in the other author’s stream. OR the author that will gift 25 copies of the most popular book in their genre so their books will start to show up in people who bought this bought this stream. Drives me batty.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Completely energizes me because I always write to my WHY I write, for that ONE reader to escape their daily grind by picking up my book and reading a couple of pages.
Have you ever gotten reader’sblock?
Yes. I can’t read any books while I’m on deadline. Between books I give myself two weeks and in that two weeks, I read read read read read.
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
I actually do have one, Maymee Bell. The new series will be released with Crooked Lane Publishers in 2018
Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
Yes. There are so many writers who don’t have an emotional bone in their body and create beautiful work.
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
I write cozies and they are only in series.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
I have to keep a tight routine schedule in order to make deadlines.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? Money?
What money? Do writers make money? NOT MUCH!
How do you balance making demands on the reader with taking care of the reader?
I treat the reader exactly how I like to be treated. I’m the same in person as I am on social media.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
The new series I referred to for 2018 is a southern baking mystery series and I can bake but I can’t decorate. Recently I took a decorating class for research. It was so much fun!
How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?
four years. Four LONG years.
How many hours a day do you write?
What did you edit outof this book?
” Vomit…or what some call back story. I have to write the back story to get it out of my head, then I edit it out and sprinkle it throughout the book.
If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
I have a degree in child therapy. I had my own business and loved it. I’d go back to that in a heartbeat.
Do you read your book reviews?
How do you deal with bad or good ones? I don’t read them.
Does your family support your career as a writer?
Oh yes. 110% and they travel with me to events too.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Six weeks if I’m not editing another book.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
I do not believe in writer’s block. I do think that if you experience a stuck moment, it’s because you’ve written yourself or your characters into a corner that’s not working for the plot.
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