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Mary Ann Koontz || Book & Interview

The Cry Beyond the Door

Darla "Dar" Kelly stumbles across evidence that her recently murdered father had hired a PI - and had kept it from her. As she searches for her father's secret, she suspects someone is trying to stop her. But when she encounters an unconscious John Doe, bizarre things begin to happen that lead her closer to a tangled connection of secrets and murders. Answers await her if she can stay alive long enough to find them.


This book can be purchased by clicking the picture. My interview with Mary Ann will give you a better look inside where her creativity and being an author began.


What inspired you to write this book?

Mary Ann: After writing my first book, SHARDS OF TRUST, I wanted to continue with my main character, Dar Kelly, and her newfound friends in pursuit of a new mystery.

What is your favorite childhood book?

Mary Ann: Nancy Drew mysteries and Little Women.

What does literary success look like to you?

Mary Ann: Having readers enjoy my stories.

Does your family support your work as a writer?

Mary Ann: Yes, especially my husband who can respect when I'm in a "writer's zone."

How do you select the names of your characters?

Mary Ann: I don't have one set method. Sometimes, I'll choose the name of someone I knew from my past, and other times it's a name I hear or have selected from researched names.

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

Mary Ann: I now know that when I get writer's block, it helps if I get off the computer and put pen to paper.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Mary Ann: Yes. Of course I like the good reviews, who wouldn't? However, whether the review is good or bad, I recognize that my book is subjective to each reader's preferences. I also feel that, regardless of reader's comments, I tend to know which areas of my writing I am best at and which areas of my writing have room for improvement.

Mary Ann Koontz

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