Have you ever wondered what the characters in your favorite books really think about the authors who write them? Of course you do, because like me you are a Grade-A Book Geek! Well we managed to score an interview with June Heal, the protagonist of Tonya Kappes’ novel A Charming Crime. If that book sounds familiar to you, that might be because it is a finalist for the Best Fantasy/Urban Fantasy category at this year’s eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards.
June Heal is a homeopathic curest who discovers she has magical powers when she relocates her flea market homeopathic cure shop, A Charming Cure, to the magical town of Whispering Falls, Kentucky.
How did you first meet your writer?
There was a vacancy in her head, so I just sort of moved on in. She told me that she didn’t like witches. . .
Want to dish about her?
I concoct my best homeopathic cures in the middle of the night, my cauldron seems to work best during those hours, and Tonya is always awake with this little notebook in her hand. She never sleeps! I bet if she would give up one of her three pots of coffee she drinks a day, she might get a little shut eye. I left a message with the Sand Man to drop Tonya visit.
Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?
Never! I’m just a small town Kentucky girl.
Tell us about your favorite scene in the book.
Tonya continues to write about my life, so in the third novel, A CHARMING WISH, she started with my story when I found out that I had a genie bottle in my shop. . .with a genie living in it!
Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you?
Yes! Tonya always wants to write my story her way or the way she thinks I should live my life, but I keep telling her NO! It’s my life and I can live it how I want to. Sometimes she does have some good ideas with new potions.
What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?
I love spending time with my fairy-god cat, Mr. Prince Charming and my boyfriend, Oscar Park. Hanging out with my friends that live in Whispering Falls is a lot of fun too.
Tell the truth. What do you think of your fellow characters?
I absolutely adore them! Each of them have a special magical talent that is disguised by their store front. I love how they interact with their clients. Shandra owns A Cleansing Spirit Spa. Her clients think they are getting a manicure, but Shandra is really reading their palm. All of Whispering Falls is like that!
What impression do you make on people when they first meet you? How about after they’ve known you for a while?
I hope they walk away feeling much better than when they first met me. Most of the people I meet want to purchase one of my homeopathic cures for a something like heartburn, but I add an extra ingredient once my intuition
What’s the worst thing that’s happened in your life? What did you learn from it?
I lost both of my parents at a young age. It has been a hard long road learning all the ropes of life without their guidance. I’ve learned to trust my intuition. It hasn’t failed me yet!
Tell us about your best friend.
I have three! Mr. Prince Charming is my fairy-god cat who showed up on my door step with a turtle charm hanging on his collar on my tenth birthday. I’ve always wanted a charm bracelet! I knew we were going to be fast friends. He has never left my side and I’m twenty-five.
Madame Torres is my snarky crystal ball. Even though she is a pain in the rear sometimes and we argue, she always has my best interest at heart.
Last but certainly not least, Oscar Park is my childhood best friend turned boyfriend. He is strong, caring, and looks out for my best interest. I hope our friendship and love can stand the test of time with
How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change?
There are a lot of changes that only Tonya and I know about. I’m not sure if those changes are good or bad. I guess we will have to wait and see.
What aspect of your author’s writing style do you like best?
I love how she adds humor to my life of chaos. I don’t think my life is funny, but she writes it in a way that makes readers laugh out loud.
If your story were a movie, who would play you?
I adore Mandy Moore. I think she would make a great me!
Describe the town where you live.
MAGICAL! Whispering Falls is settled in the foothills of Kentucky, surrounded by beautiful mountainous limestone and Kentucky bluegrass. The town is filled with quaint shops. Each shop has a gorgeous ornamental gate that leads you into magical store with special powers. When a tourist comes to our small town, they can’t wait to come back.
Describe an average day in your life.
I have to have my coffee first thing in the morning. Then Mr. Prince Charming and I go to my shop, A Charming Cure, and start working on new homeopathic cures. When a client comes in, I rely on my intuition to what is the root of their ailment, and then I make them the perfect cure. After work, I tend to spend some alone time with my boyfriend. Lately, I’ve been in a little pickle. Someone was found dead on the steps of my shop. Needless to say. . .someone is framing me for murder! Any free time I have, I’m trying to figure out who wants me gone.