Tell us about yourself.
I am a long time reader, turned author, who used to be a stay-at-home mom. I’ve been married to my high school sweet heart for 21 years, and have four wonderful kids. Events in my life and in those close to me have inspired me to write stories that reflect the realities of life, love, and relationships. If there is one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s that we all portray what we want the world to see, but rarely does anyone know what’s really going on inside. My goal with The Butterfly Memoirs series is to present stories that readers can connect to on a personal level. I want readers to walk away feeling inspired, encouraged, and have their minds and hearts open to the world around them. From the reviews and comments I’ve gotten from my readers, it seems my goals have been met. It’s my intention to keep it up for as long as I write!
Is there a scene in the book you particularly enjoy? Tell us about it and why.
My favorite scenes in Nobody’s Business come from Trevon Campbell’s POV whenever he’s around Kai Malone. He is so attracted to her that he can’t help how he feels, even when he knows she’s unavailable and that he is in a place in life that realistically, doesn’t give him time to consider falling in love again. But the romantic that he is, every time they are around, he sees potential for something real, if they ever took that chance.
Would any of your books make a good movie? Which actors/actresses do you see in the lead roles?
I think so! When I write, my intention is to write a story that would come across well on the TV screen. My goal is to have the series turned into movies found on Lifetime. As far as who could play the characters, based on the ages in the stories, the actors I chose were based on past photos, meaning they may not fit the age range today. But here it goes:
Ebony Campbell: Paula Patton
Brian Young: Paul Walker (R.I.P)
Yasmine Phillips: Zoe Saldana
Zachariah Givens: Columbus Short
Kaitlyn Rodgers: Amanda Seyfried
Antonio Rodriguez: Adam Rodriguez
Trevon Campbell: Coby Bell
Kai Malone: Danyce Lawton
Do you have a single book or character that’s dear to your heart, and why?
Yasmine Phillips of Jaded. At first glance she comes across as a stuck up chick with a smart mouth and lots of attitude. The reality of it is that yeah, she’s got the smart mouth, but she’s intelligent, has a big heart, and puts others before herself. There isn’t a selfish bone in her body. She puts on an armor to deal with her everyday life and it takes a real man who can see past her fake facade to get next to her.
Which of your books has sold the best so far and why do you think that is?
The first novel in The Butterfly Memoirs series, A Heart Not Easily Broken. It’s not only because it is the first novel in the series, but it shocks people with the way it deals with the reality of interracial dating head on without lightly stepping over the reality of what couples go through. My favorite reviews are the ones where readers have said that it actually opened their eyes, hearts, and minds to interracial dating.
How do you balance writing and your personal life?
By being tired! One thing I haven’t been able to do is find the perfect balance or schedule. I try, but I can’t keep to it for more than a week! What works best for me is writing a general outline of what I need to do, then work in getting it done as I go about my daily life. Somehow I manage to make it happen!
Do you have a favorite hero/heroine you’ve written? What makes them special?
Yes I do! My favorite heroine would be Yasmine Phillips from the second novel, Jaded. Her no nonsense attitude and self-confidence are what I wish I could have. My favorite hero is in my latest release, Nobody’s Business. Trevon Campbell is a man who is conflicted on so many levels when it comes to women. He wants to do right by his son and his ‘baby momma’, but his heart is somewhere else. Watching him grow as a man in this story has been one of my favorite things to write because he was so real.
Which heroine from your books do you most closely identify with and why?
Honestly, all of them in some way or another. Like Ebony, I’ve had things about myself that have been hidden from those close to me. Growing up, I had people look at me and assume that I would act a certain way. And man, Kaitlyn and I could be sisters with the way she just lets comments fly off the tip of her tongue and is often times funny without even trying! As far as Kai (Nobody’s Business) is concerned, while I didn’t want to be a firefighter when growing up, I did grow up around a fire station because my father was a fireman and fire chief.
If you could date the hero from one of your books, who would it be and why?
Oh man, this is so unfair! Writing a great male character is an author’s way of creating the ‘perfect’ boyfriend. Since all of the men in my books reflect some trait that is found in my husband, I guess I’ve already dated them. LOL! By the way, we celebrated our 21st anniversary on July 16th!
Which hero from your books would you absolutely not date and why?
Honestly, I don’t think there is one I wouldn’t want to cozy up next to, even if it was a one-time deal. All of the men are that close to my heart!
If you could trade places with a character in one of your books (male or female), who would it be and why?
I would say it would have to be Yasmine Phillips (Jaded) so that I could have all the confidence and fashion sense that she has. That woman has no problem speaking her mind and dealing with the consequences later!
Nobody’s Business… (Book 4 of The Butterfly Memoirs)
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.
“I’ve been blessed with friends who know how to take care of kids and have had my back since day one. Andre and Sharice babysit when they can, your sister, too. That’s why I dropped in like that. I could take him to day care, but he needs special attention. Even though he’s had the bone marrow transplant, he still has to be monitored. Individualized and private care cost more.” He shook his head. “I understand why they want to take him, though. His grandparents are retired, and she’s a registered nurse. They’ve got a crap load of aunts and uncles who have helped with babysitting and doctor’s appointments since he was diagnosed with the illness.” He huffed. “Then there’s me, the inexperienced father who’s been in his life for less than a year and his equally inexperienced friends who have no idea how much it takes to manage his illness. What leg do I have to stand on in court?” His eyes red, he looked down at his hands. “I can’t lose him, Kai. I just found him. I just can’t…”
I walked over to where he sat and put a hand on his shoulder. “Trevon, I’m here. I saved him once. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to help you keep him. He’s already lost his mother. He can’t lose you, too.”
Trevon turned in his seat, wrapped his arms around my waist, and put his head against my stomach. “Thank you, Kai…thank you…”
I wrapped my arms around him, running my hands over his shoulders and the top of his head. Though he made little sound, it was obvious by the shaking of his shoulders that he was crying. It wasn’t hard to imagine what type of stress and issues he was going through at a time like this. “Anything you need, I’m here for you.”
After a moment, he pulled away and wiped his eyes. “Whoa, didn’t expect that to happen.” His light brown complexion and dark brown eyes were red, both from crying and what I guessed to be embarrassment, since he wouldn’t meet me with eye contact.
“The physical contact or the offer to help?” My laugh was forced as I stepped back, putting space between us.
It was hard to tell who was rocked more by the unexpected hug. While it was apparent he needed emotional support, my body’s reaction was one of the physical kind.
“Both.” His voice was filled with honesty. So were his eyes. “There’s no way to get around the fact we’ve had sex, Kai…damn good sex. But the truth of the matter is…I’m not that guy anymore.”
Our eyes met and held for a moment as the implication of his words sank in. “I understand.”
His eyes stayed on me and were hard to read. “What do we do from here?”
I inhaled deeply to calm my still unsettled nerves. “I’m not looking for a relationship. My focus is on healing so I can get back to work. I’ve already had too much down time. Until then, I’ve got free time on my hands. Keeping an eye on Justin would be my pleasure. It won’t cost you a thing, except maybe an occasional dinner if you haven’t eaten. You can’t take care of him and yourself if you don’t eat. I want to be your friend, Trevon. Friends look out for each other.”
He studied me. “I feel the same. Too much is on my plate to think about a relationship, either. Keeping Justin and my job in order to support him is my focus. I could definitely use a friend like you, though.”
“So, we’re on the same page? Friendship, but no sex?”
His nod was slow. “That sounds about right.”
I extended my hand. “Deal?”
After a moment, he accepted. “Deal.”
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About the author
M.J. Kane stumbled into writing. An avid reader, this 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.