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Author Q&A ft by Kelley Kaye | POISON BY PUNCTUATION Book Tour | GREAT ESCAPES BOOK TOURS Cozy Mystery

Poison by Punctuation (Chalkboard Outlines) by Kelley Kaye is on virtual book tour with Great Escapes Book Tours and stops at Readeropolis...

Poison by Punctuation (Chalkboard Outlines) by Kelley Kaye is on virtual book tour with Great Escapes Book Tours and stops at Readeropolis with an author interview and book trailer. Enjoy!

Author Interview 

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

I feel like this cozy series is very character and relationship driven, even though there is murder mystery suspense. So the intended audience would be anyone who is interested in relationships—friendships and love and rapport between characters. Also I’ve heard my stories have a good puzzle—it’s not easy to figure out the killer right off the bat. I hope so! 🤗

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

When I first started writing the series, the titles were way more symbolic and abstract, relating specifically to Shakespeare and the reason for the murders—for example, the first book in the series was about AMBITION, and so I titled it ‘An Angel’s Sin’ because Shakespeare has a line in one of his Henry plays: “Fling away ambition, by that sin fell the angels.” See, isn’t that cool?!? But what I DIDN’T realize is that there is a formula for titling cozy mysteries: you’re supposed to have a reference to the occupation of the amateur sleuth (Punctuation = English teacher) and a reference to murder (Poison). The alliteration in all the titles is because they are English teachers and I am an English teacher. Plus I just like it.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Emma and Leslie are both closest to my heart. I mean, all my teacher or writer characters are combinations of me and all the other teachers and writers I know, but these two. . . these two seem to have the most fun and experience the most intense emotions of all the characters in the series.

How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?

<sigh>. I really do love them all. Even the mean ones. I guess I’ll say CarlNiome, the chief of detectives, because his arrogance continues to lead him in the wrong direction, over and over again! Ugh!

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:

Leslie is a genius at quoting Shakespeare to fit (or she pretends it fits, whether or not it really does) any situation, but I , even though I taught English for 20 years, don’t really have that talent. I can quote Romeo and Juliet at will, and some of the most well-known from some other more well-known plays, but in order to keep up with Leslie, I have to use a book of Shakespeare quotes. Indexed by subject. I know, I know—cheater cheater pumpkin eater, right? But even the friends I have who specialize in Shakespeare don’t have the talents Leslie does. She is one-of-a-kind-Shakespeare-savant.

Only three of my characters thus far—one in each book (I’m working on book 3 right now) have had any basis in real people I know. And they are very loose connections at that. For example, one of the suspects in Death by Diploma had a 30 year rumor that followed her about being the bearded lady in the circus. The real person I knew also had a ridiculous and unrealistic rumor that had dogged her for 30 years as well, but the only real commonality was the length of the rumor and the ridiculousness of the idea that this teacher would’ve done what people said she had done. For Poison by Punctuation, the killer actually has elements from a person I knew. But that’s all I can say! 😊

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

I love to sing karaoke even though I don’t have a fantastic voice—but I’m an acting teacher, right? So it’s more about the performance and the goofiness for me than it is about the vocal stylings. Or mis-stylings as the case may be. I also love ballroom dancing, even though my balance leaves much to be desired. So . . . maybe they’re unique because I’m not great at either of them, but I don’t care? haha

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

Oh my goodness I have so much going on as far as ways to find me! But really, I’m needing more followers on my BookBub pages:

These are great because they will notify you when I have a new release OR a big sale!

What can we expect from you in the future?

I am currently working on Book 3 of the Chalkboard Outlines series, working title Strangled by Simile. I’m working on a second draft of a first book of a Young Adult Paranormal series called The Meld. I have a NonFiction memoir/self help book called The A or B Principle—Unraveling the Chaos of Chronic Illness through Choice—that I haven’t found a publisher for yet. I’m looking for an agent.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

SPREAD THE WORD, please! Review the book, tell your friends about the book, remind them that reviews are the lifeblood of the Indie Author.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

OMG, you might regret asking this question, because I have STRONG opinions about it! I would just tell them never to give up, and never stop learning and trying new things. Also, and I cannot emphasize this enough: YOU HAVE TO READ. A LOT. People who tell me they want to write but don’t want to read are delusional and will never succeed. This is true, I believe, in any profession: the more you study and practice, the better you will get. The best musicians listen to all kinds of music and learn about the history of music, the best politicians study all types of governments and policies and history, and et cetera, et cetera. Hmph. I could rant about this for days. You also have to write, a lot, although I don’t subscribe to the notion parroted by all of the people who say you have to write every day or this many words a day or X number of hours or whatever. You should figure out your own schedule and make sure it includes study and practice.

Oh, and you absolutely have to work on a thick skin. Like, tortoise shell thick. There are always people who have nothing better to do than knock you down, and it takes a long time and many rejections to find your success, but if you take the ones who offer constructive ideas and help and use them, and throw the non-helpful douchebag ideas away, it’ll all help you get better.

See? Told you it was a dangerous question . . .

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

YAY, BOOKS!!!!! 

About the Book

Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
Red Adept Publishing, LLC (April 24, 2018) 
Print Length: 243 pages 

High school teacher Emma Lovett is finally recovering from her first year of teaching when she discovers another dead body. As if that wasn’t bad enough, this time, someone has killed a student, Kisten Hollis.

Emma and her best friend, Leslie, are desperate to solve this murder. But suspects abound. The perpetrator could be a teacher, an administrator, a member of Kisten’s zealous church community, or even another student.

Emma must juggle her teaching responsibilities, her new romance with handsome Hunter Wells, and interest from a hunky second suitor, all while searching for evidence to bring a killer to justice before someone else dies.

About the Author

“Kelley Kaye” taught High School English and Drama since 1992 in California, then Colorado and now Cali again, but her love for storytelling dates back to creating captions in her high school yearbook. Maybe back to the tales she created for her Barbie and Ken—whatever the case, the love’s been around a long time. She’s married to an amazing man who cooks for her, and they have two funny and wonderful sons.

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting a stop on my GreatEscapes #BlogTour, Readeropolis! ������❤️�� Have an amazing weekend! Yay, Books!!


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