Sunday, July 19, 2015

Nobody's Business by M.J. Kane

M.J. Kane stumbled into writing. An avid reader, this once stay-at-home mom never lost the overactive imagination of an only child. As an adult she made up stories, though never shared them, to keep herself entertained. It wasn’t until surviving a traumatic medical incident in 2006 that she found a reason to let the characters inhabiting her imagination free.  Upon the suggestion of her husband, she commandeered his laptop and allowed the characters to take life. It was that, or look over her shoulder for men caring a purple strait jacket. And the rest, as they say, is history.
No longer a television addict, if M.J. isn’t reading a book by one of her favorite authors, she’s battling with her creative muse to balance writing and being a wife and mother. She resides in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her high school sweetheart, four wonderful children, and four pit bulls. During the day, MJ is a librarian, in her spare time she is director of a local writer’s group, or online connecting with readers and other authors. Other activities she enjoys include: creating custom floral arrangements, assisting her children in their creative pursuits of music and art, and supporting her husband’s music production business, 3D Sounds.
MJ’s debut novel, A Heart Not Easily Broken, Book one of the Butterfly Memoirs, became an instant Amazon Bestseller in Multicultural Romance and African-American Literature and Fiction within hours of publication. It has also spent time on the African-American Women’s Fiction and African-American Romance Bestsellers lists.

You can find MJ on social networking sites, sharing writing tips, talking about music, life, and family. She’s always excited to meet new people. Connect with her via the websites below. 

Trevon Campbell’s world changed the moment his ex-girlfriend announced he was a father. Determined to make up for his past mistakes, he gives Trina what she wanted before their breakup, what feels like his soul, which means forgetting the woman he had a one-night stand with, the woman who stole his heart.

Kai Malone doesn’t want to play by her family’s rules. Instead of working for the family business, she became a firefighter. Being a female of multicultural descent, working in a field dominated by men, Kai focuses on her job to ignore the infidelity of her fiancĂ©. Tired of his deceit, she gave in to a one-night stand with a complete stranger, someone she’d never have to see again…or so she thought.

When tragedy strikes, their worlds collide, leaving them no choice but to deal with each other again. It doesn’t take long for them to realize the attraction that brought them together the first time is stronger than ever, forcing Trevon to make the biggest decision of his life.

Buy the book here!
Barnes and Noble: Mj Kane | Barnes & Noble
itunes link; Nobody's Business

Okay, confessions time. First off, I work with M.J. And (she doesn't know this yet) I've always been nervous to read books by people I now just because what do you say if you don't like it? How do you not hurt their feelings? How do you just, not like it?
Thankfully, I did NOT have that problem with Nobody's Business! From the beginning I was enchanted and may have stayed up too late reading the book lol I've been messaging M.J. little comments here and there as I've been reading. I wish I could share them with you, but I don't want to ruin the story for you! Instead, I want you to read the book. And then go back and read her other novels as well :D

And back to knowing the author: it has been fun reading and knowing and catching little details of our real life and work life that make their way into the story. It is soooo frikking cool. 

Second confession time. This book was just a little hard for me to read at first. I had my own dealings with infidelity in a marriage, (and this blog suffered as a result) but I powered through it and I am super glad I did. The characters felt real and I was able to connect with them,
How do you interview someone you know? lol Like this!

Have you ever thought of trying any other genre writing-like Sci-Fi romance? Why or why not? 
Before I started writing, my favorite books to read were from the Sci-Fi genre. You’d think that once I started writing that would be what I dug into. But nope, my characters didn’t want that life. Instead they wanted to focus on reality. But, now that I have that down, I have thought about dabbling in another genre. I’ve had some ideas about a Sci-Fi-ish type novel, but haven’t had time to invest in it just yet. But, who knows what the future holds?

Do you have any writing brain food? 
My favorite go-to snacks are things I can pop in my mouth and suck on, like Skittles, Red Hots, or Lemon Heads. I tried Pixi Sticks, but they are too distracting, it takes work to keep opening the packages and keeps me from typing. I prefer stuff I can just pop in there and keep it moving!

If you could have lunch with any of your characters, which one would it be and why?
If I could have lunch with any of the characters of Nobody’s Business, as handsome as Trevon Campbell is, I would love to hang out with Kai Malone and find out what motivated her to become a firefighter. As a kid, I grew up around a firehouse because my father was a fire chief. It never crossed my mind to follow in his line of work, and I applaud any woman who has decided to dedicate her life to saving others.

If you could turn the tables and ask the interviewer a question, what would you ask, and why?
Hmm, that’s a good one! I guess it would be, since you like to read and write reviews, have you ever given thought to writing a book?

And you know I have to ask...I know you have something similar, but would you ever write a novel about a librarian? Lord knows you would have plenty of material! Lol
The idea of writing a book about a librarian came to mind after I stared working at the library. It is my opinion that librarians are misunderstood. Not everyone is the eyeglass-wearing, hair pinned up, telling everyone to be quiet librarian. I think librarians these days are more hip to what’s going on because you have to be in order to keep up with technology. Hmm…maybe I could write a book about the ‘librarian’ during the day turned stripper at night? LOL!!! Maybe not, that one may not go over too well. :)

What has been the biggest source of inspiration for you as a writer?
My inspiration has come in various forms. For my characters and stories, it’s all about life experiences and ‘what if?’ scenarios. What keeps me writing is the love I have for my characters and how their stories touch my heart and make me want to share them with others. Why I still write is for my personal sanity, because if I put my pen down and gave up today, my characters would keep talking anyway. And lastly, it’s my readers who send me unexpected messages on Facebook or Twitter to say how much they loved one of my stories, or how much a characters decisions reminded them of their past or opened their eyes to something new. How could I stop writing after that?

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