We’re delighed to have Tonya Kappes, author of Carpe Bead ’em and The Ladybug Jinx, on the RU campus today. Tonya’s offering us a peek into the glamorous life of an author and her writing process.
Screams and Broken Trampolines
“Good morning. Your coffee is ready.” My dear husband bends down and kisses my forehead before he heads out for work. “Have a great writing day.”
I roll over and lazily look out the window over the lush Kentucky bluegrass meadow outside. The birds are signing, I see a few deer nipping at the berry trees, and the reality sets in….
I shield my eyes from the sun blasting through the window, and look out to see my dog having a barking match with the neighbor’s dog, bikes thrown down, and balls all over the yard, not to mention a beat up trampoline.
Before I get my foot on the floor, one of my four teenage boys run into the room needing a shirt ironed before school, and another one dangling a squeezed up tube of toothpaste in the air because I forgot to get some at the grocery store.
Now my real day can begin….
I wish I could say I go to my office with a cup of coffee in hand and read and respond to my emails, blog, check Facebook, Twitter, and the other social networking sites.
I don’t. I send my teenage boys off to school and get ready for the day job that I have in order to pay the bills. I go to said day job, come home, take boys to various extra-curricular activities, and then my writing begins.
Sleep? What’s that? I drink over TWO pots of coffee a day!
When Jen asked me about my writing process, I thought I was going to choke on my coffee. What writing process? The more I thought about it, the more I realized I do have a writing process. It’s just not a traditional process.
Some writing days are better than other. But I do write everyday and usually 2k words, I just take it with me. I wrote my first book under a tree during my son’s football practice.
My writing process begins with an idea, characters and I let them live in my world, in my head. I keep a writing journal with me (even at ballgames, honor clubs!). The story comes to life and I write. I write in school car line while waiting for my kids, the veterinarian’s office, grocery store line, church (yes! God wants me to be successful and make people happy with my words.), I don’t plot, or create really cool color coated charts. I just write. Generally by the end of the day, there are over 2k words that I have to put in my laptop…sleep? What’s that?
Seriously though, if someone really wants to be a writer, you make time for it. And even though my writing process is different, it works for me. In six years, all my boys will be out the door, and then I’ll have that dream of waking up looking out at the Kentucky bluegrass.
Tonya’s debut novel, Carpe Bead ‘em, hit Amazon’s best sellers list in under three days of its release and made it on Amazon’s exclusive Movers and Shakers List.
Okay, RU crew, tell us about your writing process. Do you carry a notebook with you wherever you go? What about a voice recorder on the nightstand just in case you wake up in the middle of the night with a brilliant idea? What works for you?
Do you use a software writing program? Gwen Hernandez joins us on Monday to discuss the highlights of Scrivener and why it’s become an integral part of a writer’s toolkit.
Bio: Tonya Kappes is the author of Carpe Bead ‘Em, which hit Amazon’s Best Seller’s list only six days after its debut. The Ladybug Jinx hit Amazon’s Best Seller’s list on the first day it was released.
Tonya has also authored two short stories which can be found in the Something Spooky This Way Comes and Believe Anthologies. Her co-authored, non-fiction book The Tricked-Out Toolbox, helps writers explore the best promotional and marketing strategies for their career, will debut January 2012.
Besides being the co-founder of the beyond quirky writer’s grog The Naked Hero (www.thenakedhero.com),
When she’s not writing about quirky characters and even quirkier situations, she’s busy being the princess, queen and jester of her domain which includes her BFF husband, her four teenage boys and two dogs.
Why write a series set in a small town? Once upon a time, Tonya grew up in a small town and it helped shaped her into the woman she is today. To this day, she still loves going home.
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