Name: MaryAnn Kempher
Where are you from: Milwaukee Wisconsin until I was 15, then Reno NV.
A little about your self `ie your education, Family, life etc: I'm married with two children, a boy and a girl, 16 and 14.
When and why did you begin writing? I'm a late bloomer. I started writing my first book when I was 41. I'd just retired from the Air Force, after 20 years, and had no plans to go back to work right away. I'd always enjoyed writing, but never felt I had the time to write a full length novel. Now I did.
When did you consider yourself an Author? When my first book, Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder was released in April of 2013.
What inspired you to write your first book? Something I saw on the news sparked the original concept, but the book turned out completely different from where it began.
Do you have a specific writing style? I don't know. :)
How much of the book is realistic? I actually think my books, especially the dialogue, are very realistic.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? No, thank goodness.
What books have most influenced your life most? Rather than books, I'd have to say two authors have influenced me the most: Agatha Christie and Jane Austen.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Agatha Christie.
What book are you reading now? If in doubt, just add butter.
What are your current projects? I'll take a short break and begin book number four.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members: Facebook Friends
Do you see writing as a career? Absolutely.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Nope.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Writing the middle. I can write the beginning and the end pretty easily, but writing the middle of the book always gives me grief.
Who designed the covers? A fantastic lady named Kari Ayasha. She did the cover for Forever Doomed too.
Do you have any advice for other writers? Yes, for first time writers. I recommend you go to the library or book store and buy/check out books on the genre you want to write, the dos and don'ts. Also, I recommend a book titled, Beginnings, Middles, and Ends by Nancy Kress. I still refer to it.
Do your have anything specific you would like to say to your readers? Just that I'm so thankful and flattered that you like the way I write.
What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching? Grimm, Hell's Kitchen, Big Bang Theory and many others.
If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done? I'd like to have owned a Starbucks.
Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it? Yes, a website, but if you really want to interact with me, I'm most active on my author Facebook page.