Welcome, Kim. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
There probably isn’t much of myself in my characters, but I do pull from my experiences growing up in rural Wyoming. I couldn’t have written some of the horseback escapes in Big Horn Storm without that well of experience, and the second chapter of A Dose of Danger was based on an early Christmas morning drive through a snowstorm we made in order to reach our cabin in time to open gifts with family.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Well, it wasn’t on purpose, but we drove to a town over 30 miles from home before I realized I had my slippers on. Rather than return home, I went about the day of shopping and eating lunch out in my slippers. I imagine everyone who noticed thought it was quirky, but it was just a simple case of rushing out the door too quickly.
When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I took a creative writing class my senior year in high school. We were given total freedom to write anything from a three-line poem to a short story. I wrote a longish short story and the teacher wrote that with a little more character development I was well on my way to a novel. I held on to that paper for a number of years, and eventually finished my first novel based on that story.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I love action, adventure, and suspense, which is what I primarily read and write. I cry easily, so avoid “feel good” books because that’s usually a huge clue that it will make me cry. Other than that, I like to try new authors and new genres, anything from sci-fi light to historical romance to non-fiction travel.
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
That has been especially difficult this past year, but thankfully I have a wonderfully supportive husband who is more than happy to pick up the slack when I have too much on my plate. When I have the time, though, nothing is more calming to me than working on a jigsaw puzzle.
When our daughters were still home, we often had a jigsaw on a card table near the fireplace in winter. How do you choose your characters’ names?
I keep a notebook by my chair and anytime I hear a name that grabs my attention I write it down. Once I use a name, I cross it off, because after ten novels, I don’t always remember every detail so want to avoid reusing names. There’s actually more to the story for choosing the name Deuce in Big Horn Storm, but I’ll save that for another interview.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I put myself through college and graduated with honors.
If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
Probably a cat. Though I’m more of a dog person, cats are shrewd, resilient, and independent, but they can also be wonderful companions.
What is your favorite food?
I love peanut butter – sandwiches, peanut butter cups, or just straight out of the jar.
What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Marketing is my biggest issue. I love to tell stories, but I’m not the best with spreading the word and convincing others to try my books. As far as overcoming this obstacle, I’m still working on it.
Tell us about the featured book.
Here’s the blurb for A Dose of Danger.
When researcher Grace Talbot and her team discover a possible solution for weight-loss, they are targeted by a group dedicated to controlling the diet product industry worth billions. Her unsanctioned testing methods bring tragedy to the family ranch and the attention of the local sheriff’s deputy. With her colleagues either dead, missing, or on the run, she soon realizes she must trust the deputy with her life, but can she trust him with her heart?
Please give us the first page of the book.
The unmistakable haze of smoke filled the valley below. Snow covered the ground and weighed heavily on the pine boughs lining the highway, ruling out a forest fire as the source of the dark billows. The old rancher rolled down his window, despite the bitter cold, and inhaled deeply. The air smelled of fire, destruction, and death.
With the last switchback navigated, he shifted up and pressed the accelerator down as far as he dared while driving on icy roads. He tried not to let his imagination get the best of him, but couldn’t help but fear the worst. Someone, maybe even him, was suffering a loss.
As he approached the turnoff to his ranch, he realized immediately the nightmare was indeed his. Gunning the one-ton’s motor, he churned down the snow-covered dirt lane at such a rate of speed he didn’t even notice the fresh set of tire tracks cutting through the white powder—new tracks, since he’d left for town just hours before.
Interesting! How can readers find you on the Internet?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kimmcmahill @kimmcmahill
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KimMcMahillAuthor/
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/849945.Kim_McMahill
Thank you, Kim, for sharing this book with us. I’m eager to read it.
Readers, here’s a link to the book.
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