Tell us a little about MOCHA, MOONLIGHT, AND MURDER.
Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder is Romantic Suspense. I tell people if you like Jane Austen and/or Agatha Christie, you’ll love this book. It has romance, and mystery, suspense, and comedy. The romance is very realistic, very friendship-based, and doesn’t come easy. Katherine and Scott were made to harass each other. Because at first they’re friends, and aren’t trying to get each other into bed, they’re not afraid to give each other a hard time, this makes for some very funny dialogue. Also, the waiting (to sleep together) ensures great sexual tension for them, and the reader. It also gives their romance a solid foundation.
Tell us a little about you.
I’m married with two great kids. I live near Tampa Florida. I spent my teen years living in Reno NV where this story is set.
From start to finish, it took four years. But, I wasn’t always writing. Sometimes I’d take weeks, even months off. Also, during that timeframe—multiple drafts were created and discarded. Tons of revisions etc… I’m much more disciplined now, so the next book won’t take as long.
If your book were to be made into a move, who would you pick to play the main characters?
Off the top of my head I’d love Scott to be played by David Giuntoli, he’s the actor who plays Grimm. Very good looking, but approachable. I have an actress in mind for Katherine, but she’s too old for the part. A younger version of Elizabeth Shue would be great. No offense to Elizabeth, she’s still very beautiful, but Katherine is only 28.
Any advice for the new writers out there?
Yes. Whatever genre you want to write in, go buy books on how to write that genre. Also, buy books on how to write the beginning, middle, and end. People will rarely try to do something they have no experience doing without asking for, or looking for help. Why should writing a book be any different?
What are your thoughts on “write what you know”?
I think if you only write what you know, you won’t write many books.
Do you have a favourite character?
Shame on you. That’s like asking a parent to tell who their favourite child is. *smile*
Are you working on anything new?
Yes, I’m hoping to complete the first draft of my second book by the end of this summer. It’s working title is FOREVER DOOMED. It’s more a mystery than my first book, but a lot of familiar faces will reappear. So, if you have favourite characters, it’s very likely you’ll see them again in this upcoming book.
How about a little known fact about the author MaryAnn Kempher.
I’m proud to say I served 20 years in the Air Force. I was fortunate enough to travel to a lot of really great places including: California, Korea, South Carolina, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Florida.