Romancers! This is my first time with all of you. (so to speak)

I mean, I’ve never done this before with anyone.

So please…be gentle.

That doesn’t mean I haven’t wanted to do it.

I really have. After-all, everyone else is doing it so why shouldn’t I?

I suppose my reasoning is because I haven’t found the right one yet.

That is…until today.  :)


Fellow Romancers, while my intro is tongue in cheek there is a seriousness behind it. I don’t do what I’m about to do lightly. Don’t get me wrong, I am a frontrunner of championing other authors, I’m just a bit gun-shy when it comes to singing their praises. I’ve tried it. Even had a page on this site which is now gone, titled: “Must-Read Blogs”. After promoting everyone else’s work and (barely) getting a thank you, I realized how narcissistic writers can be. MaryAnn Kempher is not one of those writers. She has been a friend, a fan (of even me), and a solid force in the up and coming world of published authors.

Because of all of the above, I am PROUD to share this space with MaryAnn, whose first Romantic Suspense Novel: Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder is now available on Amazon!

So…without further adieu, (clichéd but I want to get to this. :)  MaryAnn Kempher!

MaryAnn Kempher


Let’s begin by you telling us a little about yourself.

Thank you for hosting me Handsome. I’m married with two great kids. I live near Tampa, Florida and I spent my teen years living in Reno NV where this story is set.


Tell me a little bit about Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder. Where did the idea for your story originate?

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 they start as 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.


Well, let me say that I have read it and was hooked from beginning to end. What motivates you to write?

Well, what motivated me to finis Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder was my family. Mostly my daughter who just turned 13. She was so proud of me and my writing, I wanted to be a good role model for her; to show her that even when things don’t come easy you should finish what you start. I keep writing because it’s fun for me as well.

Have you been writing long?

I’ve always liked writing. I never minded the essays and term papers required in school. However, it wasn’t until 2008 that I sat down at the computer intent on writing a book.


Do you have a routine when you write? A method to your writing?

Yes and no. I try to get in front of the computer every week-day by about ten am, but I’m not as disciplined as I should be. Sometimes I spend more time tweeting, or checking Facebook or my email account than I do writing. Then other times, I sit down and the words just seem to flow. I’ll look down and realize I’ve written a thousand words. Those are the best days.


Do you have any other works in progress?

Yes. It’s not exactly a sequel, but a lot of the characters from my first book will be in this one too. Readers could read this book on its own, but will enjoy it more if they read my first book first. That way they’ll feel like they’re running into old friends in instead of just meeting them.


Can you give us a hint about the next book?

I’ll tell you it’s set on a cruise ship. Two people have been murdered and it’s up to the head of security to find out who before the ship reaches land. Honestly, I’m really excited about this book. I really think if you liked my first book, you’re going to love this one too.

9781620151402-cvr_Createspace.inddWhere can your book be purchased?

June 11-15, it’s available on for FREE for Kindle users.

After those dates it will still be fairly inexpensive, at only $2.99 for Kindle users. It can also be purchase as a paperback at


Thanks so very much, MaryAnn for your time and insight into your current as well as next project.

I understand you can also be reached at the following addresses:






MaryAnn, I thank you so much for sharing your work with us. I truly enjoyed your book!

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One thought on “Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder…meet MaryAnn Kempher

  1. Am I weird for feeling very awkward at first? Especially reading your intro… I was hesitant to read any further, but I’m glad I did.

    YaY for you hosting your first interview! I’m SO proud of you! *applause* *cheers* *dances*

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