1. Who inspired you to complete your novel and publish?
My daughter inspired me to finish the writing Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder, a romantic mystery. I wanted to be a good example for her. There were many days where I just wanted to throw in the towel, to say forget this. Nobody was making me write a book, and it's hard work. But, I didn't want to let her down. She was so proud of me.
2.What advice would you give to aspiring authors regarding the publishing and marketing process?
Sometimes doing it on your own is the best way. Make sure you've had your book professionally edited and proofread, then do research on the different ways you can publish. Just don't feel like the traditional route, or even a publisher (even a small one) is the only way to do it. It isn't, not anymore. Don't settle. Above all else--trust your instincts.
3. What would you tell authors to "Start Now" concerning social media?
Start creating your "platform" now. In other words, get social on Twitter and Facebook well before you need anything from it. Be prepared to spend money, if you can afford it--you know what they say, "It takes money to make money". Money well spent on blog tours or well placed ads in local magazines can be a very good idea. However, you can just be prepared to promote it on your blog or website, and Twitter.
Thank you MaryAnn for spending some time at A Novel Reality! Your words are inspirational.
Make sure you check this book out! On Amazon, Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder reached #4 ins Suspense and #4 in Romantic Suspense, and reached #97 overall!
Instead of feeding her late-night appetite, a midnight food run nearly gets 28-year-old Katherine O’Brian killed. 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.
MaryAnn Kempher's writing is infused with romance and mystery. Her love of romance stories goes back to her 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 and currently 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.
For more about MaryAnn Kempher, visit mkempher.com
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