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.
My journey to becoming a published author didn’t have a typical start. I wasn’t an aspiring writer when in school. I didn’t do a great job writing journals or diaries. I hated doing research and writing term papers for school, I even hated book reports. The one thing I did do was read…a lot! As an only child, I lived inside the pages of my favorite books and going to the library was a treat. I wouldn’t walk out with just one book; I’d have a stack and read them all before the two week return date arrived. When I found a book with a story I loved, it was a mission to read each and every book written by that author. My favorite stories as a child were Alice in Wonderland, The Box Car Kids, Circle in the Sea, and Homecoming. All of them were stories about kids who either faced some life-changing hardship, or were caught up in a world of fantasy and stole my imagination.
As an adult, my reading list took a slight turn. Science Fiction and Mystery novels captured my imagination. Authors such as Michael Crichton, John Grisham and Steven King had me. And when the Lord of the Rings movies came out, I dived into the books because I just had to know what important character development point was left out of the finished novel. Did I read romance novels? Nope. I admit I fell prey to the typical ‘it’s porn!’ mindset.
Then one day at work I had nothing to read (having just finished reading Lord of the Rings: Return of the King). Not able to stand sitting in the breakroom for an hour with nothing to do, a co-worker walked me over to her desk drawer and introduced me to Nora Roberts. It was then that I realized that this whole Romance genre could be about more than just sex on paper. There were stories with characters that meant something. Needless to say, I started reading a lot of Nora.
Then one day, I was challenged to write something.
Okay, there’s a story that leads up to the challenge. As a fan of the show, LOST, I got caught up in an online challenge to write a short fan fic. It was to be posted on a forum page, and it should have only been a few paragraphs. Well, the next thing I know, I had written several pages. From there, I decided to integrate my character into the entire first season of the show. Before I knew it, I had over thirty pages! My family liked it, and so did a few online friends. But then life happened, the story got filed away, and it wasn’t until a few years later that my husband challenged me to pull it out and write some more.
I’m so glad he did, because if he didn’t, I have no idea what I’d be doing right now!
After dozens of rewrites and checking out numerous books on writing, and even taking a brief weekend class at my local collage, I discovered that the character who originally started off as someone I imagined being stranded on an island with the characters of LOST became the main character of my first published novel, A Heart Not Easily Broken. The back story I’d given her morphed and grew wings (as a caterpillar does when turning into a butterfly, thus the name of the series, The Butterfly Memoirs) and became so much more than I ever imagined. In the span of four years, I went from the reader who avoided Romance novels to an author in the genre. Instead of being your typical Romance novel, it incorporates Women’s Fiction themes and characters who are Interracial. My brand of storytelling follows the evolution of both the male and female leads. It’s heartrending, realistic, contemporary, and at times, comical doorways into the lives of people who are just trying to live their lives and find their slice of happiness. My goal in my stories is to open the eyes of readers to the lives behind closed doors of those around us, and to serve as a reminder that no matter what type of trial you are faced with in life, there is a chance to find love and happiness and to overcome the issues that threaten to tear you down if you open your mind and heart to those around you who are willing to help. The topics that have been visited in the first three novels of the series include: interracial dating, recovering from rape, friendship (A Heart Not Easily Broken); recovering from a broken heart, breaking the mold of family expectations, illness, (Jaded); single-parenting, life changing mistakes, and career advancement (Lonely Heart.)
My latest release, the fourth novel in The Butterfly Memoirs, Nobody’s Business, is a bit different from the previous three. Instead of having a female lead, this time, the story is more from the man’s point of view, with a strong female story that supports and intertwines with his. This story deals with the reality a man faces raising a son he never knew existed, while waring with his heart as to who he should be with; the mother of his son or the woman he can’t forget after a one-night stand.
To learn more about the series and the books, visit my website where you will discover more than just the first chapter samples. There are character bios, diary posts, and free short stories that continue the story after the book ends, and in the case of Nobody’s Business, there is a novella, Crossroads, which introduces Trevon and Kai and how they met before the start of Nobody’s Business.
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 fiancé. 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.
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