More and more people are becoming aware of the healing powers of creativity. Human nature makes people want to strive to feel good, and keep their bodies free from illness and dysfunction. Two goals most people hope for are to be creative and to improve/maintain health. Taking our cue from physics, the first law of thermodynamics states that energy is neither created nor destroyed but is changed from one form into another. Expressing your creative energy means the energy within you is given an outlet; it is redirected into a more positive energy. Everyone is inheritably born with the potential for creativity. Drawing, painting, writing, acting, sculpting, knitting, dancing, cooking and playing an instrument are all creative activities that can ignite that creative spark. Many people already embrace their creativity while others are in the realm of “I am just not creative”. The key to being creative is taking action!
“Another word for creativity is courage” ~ George Prince
Welcome back MaryAnn Kempher!
I had the wonderful opportunity to interview MaryAnn after she released her first book last spring and now she has released her second book “Forever Doomed”. I thought I would take a few moments to catch up with her.
Back in April you were launching your first book “Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder” tell us a little bit about what has been going on since you first published.
Thank you so much for hosting me Belinda. What have I been doing? I’ve been hard at work on my second book.
Now you’re publishing your second book “Forever Doomed”, how is it publishing the second time around? My first book was published by a small publisher. I am publishing Forever Doomed myself. I like it, I like having the control, knowing what’s happening and when it will happen.
Were things different this time around and if so, what did you learn from the first time? The writing experience was different. With my first book, I wasn’t disciplined. Some days I wrote, some days I didn’t. With this book, I was much more devoted to finishing, much more disciplined. I wrote five days a week.
Are you more comfortable with the process or is does it feel like you’re publishing for the first time again? I’m comfortable, and very excited. More so this time I think, because I know where I’m at in the process. With my first book, it was published—live on Amazon—and nobody told me. I discovered it the same way anyone else would. I went to Amazon and searched for the title. So with this book, I feel more in control.
Do you have any advice for other writers trying to get published? I’d tell someone with a finished book, if your heart is set on being published traditionally, keep at it until you are. If your dream is more flexible—definitely self-publish. But, above all else, trust your instincts, and don’t settle.
Tell us a bit about your new book? Who is your intended audience? Is this a continuation of “Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder” or is it a stand alone? This book picks up where Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder left off. However, the focus is no longer on Katherine and Scott (the main characters from Mocha). It’s set on a cruise ship, where one week into a four-week cruise—two people are murdered, and the ship is turned around. The head of security must find the killer(s) before the ship returns to port. Most characters from Mocha are in this book also, just not playing a starring role.
Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book? This book will appeal to anyone who loves a good mystery. It has a little romance and humor too, but mostly it’s a head-scratching who-dun-it.
Which of your characters is your favorite and which is your least favorite? Why? My favorites are Nene and Gaga Albright. Two little old ladies who spend most of the cruise sitting on lounge chairs eating cake and cookies and drinking hot chocolate. My least favorite? How can I dislike my own characters? Even the bad guy(s)? Okay, if I must choose someone, it would be RJ. He’s just weird.
Give us an interesting tidbit about how you work on your books. I don’t know how interesting this is, but this is how I start my writing day. I get the kids off to school and I take a walk, when I’m not being too lazy. When I return home, I clean up, get my coffee and sit in front of the computer doing almost anything but write. Finally, I open my work in progress and wait for inspiration to strike.
Are there any books that other readers would find a similar style to yours? While I’m not saying I’m in the same league as Jane Austen or Agatha Christie, they both inspire my writing, and I hope, if they were alive today and read my books—they’d say, “Well done.” Also, I love Janet Evanovich, for her humor and casual style.
Okay now for a little fun….let’s get to know MaryAnn a little better…You are creating a character profile for yourself…
Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
Unique? No, I don’t think so. I like to do what most people like to do; read, shop, watch movies, and eat junk food.
Coffee or Tea?
Both. Coffee at home, Chai tea from Starbucks.
An event in your life that shaped you?
I spent 20 years in the Air Force. I retired in 2007.
Dream Vacation Spot?
New York City. I love New York. But, I’d also love to visit London someday, very soon.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years I’ll have written at least 7 more books and be a bestselling author.
Wow, Thanks MaryAnn! I know that we’ll be seeing your name on the best-seller list!
What’s coming up for you next and how can we contact you or find out more about your books?
In January, I’ll start writing my third book. It will be set back in Reno.
You can connect with me in a few ways:
I would like to thank MaryAnn yet again for taking a few moments to catch up with us! If you’re looking for a great read, please stop by her links to find out more about her wonderful work.
MaryAnn Kempher’s writing is infused with mystery and romance. She spent her teen years living in Reno NV where her first book, Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder is set. Her writing influences include favorite authors Agatha Christie, Jane Austen and Janet Evanovich. Her guilty pleasures include any and all sweets, including a good cup of Mocha. She is married with two children.
For more about MaryAnn Kempher, visit her author Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMaryAnnKempher or her website: mkempher.com
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ~ Roald Dahl
You’ve had a strange feeling over the past few weeks, something seems oddly out of place. There is a weird energy that seems to be surrounding you now in one of your favorite haunts. As far as you’re aware, nothing significant has happened there… but something just feels different. What could be causing this strange feeling? Write about what it could be. Is it something magical? Something otherworldly or…? Get creative, write and have fun!
“Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, and not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style. I am not urging you to write a novel, by the way — although I would not be sorry if you wrote one, provided you genuinely cared about something. A petition to the mayor about a pothole in front of your house or a love letter to the girl next door will do.” ~Kurt Vonnegut
“I am intrigued by inanimate objects. They’re a piece of history, someone’s statement and ideas of life.” ~Mike Mills
You have been given the intriguing power of being able to bring inanimate objects to life. What happens when your favourite objects awaken? What is their personality like? What stories do they tell you? Are they indifferent, amicable or difficult?
Do you have a germaphobic toothbrush? Does your favourite pen write you a “Dear John” letter? Does your well-loved old sweater thank you for your loyalty? Does your journal start questioning you about what you’ve been writing? Does your VCR reminisce about “the good old days”? Has this power become a blessing or a curse?
Get creative, write and have fun!