“I never knew meeting Max Szadek in NYC while at Book Expo of America, it would turn into an acting gig,” says Tonya.
Three years ago, I introduced myself to Tonya at the Book Expo. At the time I was networking to meet Romance Writers to participate on our ongoing series of ‘Don’t Let Diabetes Kill Romance’ podcasts to raise awareness for sexual dysfunction in the diabetes community. When Tonya told me that she was a mystery author I was initially stumped on how we might be able to work together. A few days later, I had an idea to create a mystery theater podcast. Since I’m not a mystery writer or even a writer I called Tonya and asked her if she would coach me throughout the writing process.
“My father is diabetic so it was a no brainer to help spread the word about diabetes and how to GLAM MORE, FEAR LESS!!,” says Tonya.
Two years later and I’m still shocked and delighted that she said ‘yes’. Not only did Tonya help me with my mystery script she also agreed to play herself on our first diabetes mystery podcast she has also readily agreed to return again (for last year’s diabetes mystery podcast, “The Phantom of the Okra”)and again ( for this year’s diabetes mystery podcast,“Suspect Boulevard”).
I am forever grateful to Tonya for making the time to help me educate people about diabetes and diabetes self-care in a new and interesting way. I appreciate the way she guided and mentored me throughout the writing process. Her enthusiasm and kindness gave me the courage to step out of my comfort zone and try something new; mystery writing.
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For years, USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes has been publishing numerous mystery and romance titles with unprecedented success. She is famous not only for her hilarious plot lines and quirky characters, but her tremendous marketing efforts that have earned her thousands of followers and a devoted street team of fans.
“I want to transport my readers to my small towns where they are wrapped around in a blanket of comfort whether it’s a mystery or romance,” says Tonya. “When you read one of my books my goal is to tickle your funny bone, drain your tear ducts, and steal your heart.
LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Mystery Theater inspired by the Pink Panther. Show synopsis: When a murder takes place in the Divabetic studios the primary suspect becomes the happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic. Our fruit suit clad amateur sleuth sets out to prove his innocence with the help of USA Today Best-Selling Author, Tonya Kappes. As they try to solve the crime, Mr. Divabetic and the Diabetes Late Nite cast discover the harmful side effects of dietary supplements for people with diabetes.