the pen series... author m.j. kane.

Books and the people that create them have always fascinated me. I created The Pen Series to showcase awesome authors, works of interest, and to spotlight the creative process. The Pen Series is an ongoing series on love notes by tia… the blog.

Today's Pen Series contributor is M.J. Kane.  She's the author of four novels, including her latest Nobody's Business. Please help me welcome M.J. Kane who is here to discuss character inspiration and her latest release.


Character Inspiration: Kai Malone, Firefighter

Two years ago I was inspired to write a female character that did more than just look pretty. I wanted a woman who was strong, independent, had the qualities of someone who is self-less, and willing to give their life for the ones they love as well as a complete stranger. I wanted her personality and job to be completely different from the women in my previous novels.

Then, one day while sitting at a red light, it came to me…firefighter. I wrote a post about that experience and introduced my blog followers to a person who also served as an influence, Danae Mines, who made national headlines when she became the first female firefighter (not to mention also African-American) to grace the cover of the FDNY Fireman Calendar for 2015! (Follow this link to read that post…) And to my surprise, she found and commented on the post. Talk about making my day!

Well, the time has come for the release of NOBODY’S BUSINESS and I am happy to introduce to you Kai Malone, firefighter.  Here are her stats:

Name: Kai Malone

Birthday/Sign: January 2nd/Capricorn

Age: 35

Weight: 135

Race: African-American/Cambodian

Profession: Firefighter/Florist

Her Story:

Kai Malone is a woman who refuses to follow the norm. Coming from a very mixed family background, Kai has always followed her heart when it comes to deciding her life path, and has not allowed her family to decide for her. As a firefighter, she has dedicated her life to helping others. In her personal life, she’s turned a blind eye to the infidelity of her fiancé, often blaming herself for the issues in their relationship.

One night she decides she’s had enough. Left sitting alone at a bar, a handsome stranger senses her irritation and attempts to strike up a conversation. One thing leads to another, and she finds herself in his bed. The next morning, she realizes the one-night stand was a bit more than she expected. Feeling vulnerable, she allows her ex back into her life and is determined to make things work. Things are going well until her path crosses with the man she slept with and she realizes the man she never thought she’d see again knows her fiancé.

Then one night while fighting a fire, her efforts to save a family leave her injured and off the job. She’s forced to work the family business in an effort to keep from going crazy. Along the way, she discovers her heart opening up to a new love and a chance to find the happiness she deserves…if she can let go of her fear of losing the one thing she wants the most…a family.

Meet Kai in this short story leading up to the first chapter of NOBODY’S BUSINESS in CROSSROADS, a FREE READ exclusive to my website. Click to read Crossroads


To celebrate the release of the fourth novel in The Butterfly Memoirs series, I am giving away a basket filled with Butterfly Memoirs goodies, including autographed paperback copies of ALL FOUR BOOKS!!!!  All you have to do is follow the month long blog tour and Tweet, Like, and Share!

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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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About the Author:

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.

No longer a television addict, if M.J. isn’t reading a book by one of her favorite authors, she’s battling with her creative muse to balance writing and being a wife and mother. She resides in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her high school sweetheart, four wonderful children, and four pit bulls. During the day, MJ is a librarian, in her spare time she is director of a local writer’s group, or online connecting with readers and other authors. Other activities she enjoys include: creating custom floral arrangements, assisting her children in their creative pursuits of music and art, and supporting her husband’s music production business, 3D Sounds.

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Posted on July 13, 2015 and filed under the pen series.