Instead of feeding her late-night appetite, a midnight food run nearly gets 28-year-old Katherine O’Briankilled. She’s the only person to see the man who brutally murdered a local woman, and the killer is hell-bent on making sure she doesn’t talk.
Scott Mitchell left a broken engagement behind when he moved to Reno, and the
last thing he needs is more melodrama. But when he and Katherine are paired for a college project, that’s what he gets. It can be very distracting when someone is out to kill your lab partner. Together, they try to figure out what the police haven’t been able to—the identity of the murderer. Passion flares, but with Katherine’s life in danger, romance seems like more than a bad idea.
Scott and Katherine will face jealousy, misunderstandings, lust, and rivals, not to
mention attempted murder—and all before their first real date.
Interview with MaryAnn:
Meagan - Do you ever ask your husband for advice and/or input for a particular scene?
MaryAnn - Sometimes I ask my husband if he thinks a guy would say what I want the male characters in my book to say. I want the dialogue to ring true.
Meagan - Do you have a particular writing routine once you start a book?
MaryAnn - I usually write in the morning, after the kids have left for school, five days a week.
Meagan - What comes first for you? The story? Characters? Or setting?
MaryAnn - The characters, then the setting, and story.
Meagan - What would you say are your biggest influences and/or inspirations in your writing?
MaryAnn - Jane Austen, for her witty dialogue and Agatha Christie for her fantastic ability to write a good mystery.
Meagan - What do you find is the easiest part of writing? The hardest?
MaryAnn - I like writing dialogue. I just have to remember to write, what “they” call “beats” so that the reader remembers where the characters are when they started talking.
Meagan - If you weren’t a writer, what other path might you have followed?
MaryAnn - If I had to choose something that had nothing to do with writing, I’d choose something that involved a lot of travel. I love sightseeing.
Meagan - That sounds fun so if you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
MaryAnn - I’d visit London. I’ve always wanted to. It’s on my “bucket” list.
Meagan - Eppp....def mine too!!! Okay so if you were stuck on an island and could only have one type of food and one other “object” what would they be?
MaryAnn - A solar-powered coffee pot and plenty of coffee.
Meagan - Do you have any encouraging words for aspiring writers?
MaryAnn - Sure, don’t give up. It took me a long time to finish my first book, but writing gets easier the more you do it. My second book only took 7 months.
Such awesome answers!!! A huge thank you to MaryAnn for stopping by today and letting us get a little insight into the way she works!!!
About the Author:
MaryAnn Kempher's writing is infused with romance and mystery. Her love of romance stories goes back toher teen years spent living in Reno NV where Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder is set. MaryAnn's travels have taken her to beautiful cities in Italy, Southeast Asia and the sultry desert country of Qatar. She met her husband on one of her romantic misadventures. She has two children andcurrently lives in Florida where she and her family share their home with two dogs and a cat. Her writing influences include favorite authors Jane Austen and Agatha Christie. She's also a huge fan of the Hercule Poirot mysteries. Her guilty pleasures include any and all sweets, including a good cup of Mocha.
Where to Stalk MaryAnn:
10/27: Spotlight - Mark of the Stars
11/4: Interview - Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews
11/8: Spotlight - Theresa Stillwagon
11/11: Spotlight - Becky on Books
11/12: Spotlight - Indie Authors Books and More
11/12: Spotlight - Lusty Penguin Reviews
11/13: Spotlight - Romantic Words and Such
11/14: Interview - Books-n-Kisses
11/15: Spotlight - Bootheel Cotton Patch
11/18: Spotlight - Deal Sharing Aunt
11/19: Spotlight - You Gotta Read Reviews
11/20: Spotlight - My Erotic Notions
11/21: Interview - Books to Get Lost In
11/22: Spotlight - In Shadows
11/25: Spotlight - Storm Goddess Book Reviews11/30: Spotlight - Harlie's Books