Tonya Kappes

Tonya Kappes is a bestselling American author that writes novels in the cozy mystery genre. She also writes women’s fiction. Her stories are filled with quirky characters that must overcome equally bizarre obstacles.

When Tonya isn’t writing, you can find her gracing various workshops and writer’s groups with her presence. She does what she can to teach aspiring authors about the marketing aspects of publishing.

Her bibliography is filled with so many books that it often comes as a surprise to her fans when they learn that Tonya wasn’t even a reader at 30, let alone a writer. The author was a later bloomer.

She was in her early thirties when her marriage ended. The divorce sapped her of her mental strength and she withdrew from her social circle, becoming a recluse. Tonya wasn’t sure where life would take her.

The notion of pursuing a publishing career never occurred to her. Everything changed when she joined a book club. Tonya was in graduate school at the time. The invitation to join the book club came from a classmate.

Tonya had no reason to honor that invitation. After all, she had no interest in reading. But the classmate in question won the author over by informing her that the book club was planning to serve wine and chocolate to its members.

Tonya attended that first session, not only for the wine and chocolates but because she wanted to socialize with her peers. It was for these same reasons that she kept coming back. Finally, months later, she bought a book. It took her weeks to finally read it. But once she did, it changed everything.

Tonya was blown away by the novel’s ability to distract her from the woes of her life for several hours at a time. This transformed the author into an avid reader. Her passion for novels grew in the years that followed.

Her personal life also changed. She entered another marriage, one that constituted a husband and four boys. Her dedication to the book club never wavered. If Tonya was to lay the blame for her publishing career at the feet of one person, it would probably be her husband.

Even though Tonya wasn’t a writer, she loved to tell stories, and her friends and family had noticed this talent. After picking up one of her novels and reading a few pages, Tonya’s husband told her that she could tell better stories than the author who had written the book.

Not long after, the people at her book club mentioned Tonya Kappes’ talent for telling stories. Some of them went so far as to encourage her to write fiction. After discussing the issue with her husband, she finally took the leap, using the opportunity that her son’s football practice gave her to write her stories.

Before long, Tonya was a successful self-published author with multiple novels under her belt. She eventually transitioned to traditional publishing, though she prefers self-publishing because it gives her so much control over her work.

Tonya Kappes Awards

The author’s novel ( was a ‘Next Generation Indie Book Awards’ finalist.

Best Tonya Kappes Books

When she started, Tonya thought she was a romance writer. But over time, it became clear that she was best suited for mysteries. Some of the best books in her bibliography include:

1). Beaches, Bungalows, and Burglaries

Mae West’s amazing life came crashing down around her when her husband was arrested for ripping people off with his Ponzi scheme. By the time the FBI was done, the only valuable asset left in Mae’s hands was Happy Trails, a tourist camping ground in a small Kentucky town.

Mae was certain that she could sell the vacation spot and retire. But then she visited Happy Trails and realized that it wasn’t quite as valuable as she expected. Even worse, her husband had swindled the townspeople and they hated her for it. When Paul escapes from prison and then dies, Mae becomes the prime suspect.

2). Sunsets, Sabbatical, and Scandal

One of Normal, Kentucky’s beloved residents is dead. Someone murdered him. Murder is hardly new to the town. However, the identity of the victim has people worried. Everyone is on high alert. People are looking to detective Hank Sharp to provide quick answers. Hank, for his part, is hoping that the Laundry Club Ladies will shed some light on the mystery.

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