Welcome, Kim. Let's start with a personal question.
A Dose of Danger, like your other books, is full of adventure and suspense. In your personal adventures, what stands out as the scariest you've ever had? Or the funniest?
One of my scariest adventures wasn’t during any of my travels, but rather on a cattle drive I was on with my dad as a teenager. We were taking the cattle to a high grazing lease for the summer. By the time we reached the steepest, last big push, the cows were getting tired and a few decided it would be easier to slide back down the mountain than to keep climbing. My dad was on a green-broke colt which wasn’t as surefooted as my palomino gelding, and getting a little tired herself with her heavier load. Anyway, my dad told me to go after them. I looked at him like he was mad, but nudged my horse, assuming he wouldn’t go if he thought it was too steep. He was a good cow horse, so didn’t hesitate to plunge over the edge after the cattle. The slope was too steep and the dirt too loose to stop and I ended up beating the cows to the bottom. As calmly as possible with one’s life flashing before her eyes, i gathered the cows up and herded them back to the dirt road where my dad was waiting to help me guide the cows up the hill to the rest of the herd. I still occasionally have those, “Man From Snowy River,” flashbacks, but the experience did help me write a couple scenes in Big Horn Storm. My dad clearly had a lot more faith in the horse and my ability than I did, and thankfully he was right.
You've done a lot of travelling. Of all the places you have lived in or travelled to, what is your favourite?
It’s a little difficult to pick one, since each place has something unique and special. Some areas are spectacular for its scenery or wildlife, others for its culture, people or history. But, if I had to pick one, it might be Thailand. It’s been quite a few years since I visited, so things may have changed, but during my trip I thoroughly enjoyed the people, culture, food, history, and wildlife.
Do you start a new story with the plot or characters first?
Usually I start with plot, but there are exceptions. When I heard the nick name, Deuce, I knew I had to write a story around this character, and what else could Deuce be except a cowboy? Hence the novel, Big Horn Storm.
Do you use visual aids when plotting or writing? Do you outline?
It depends on the complexity of the story. Usually I just use a chapter-by-chapter log to keep myself straight. With Shrouded In Secrets I had note cards, a cork board, an outline, and a map with lines draw all over it. There is a lot going on in that book and it was a challenge to keep it all sorted out.
What is your biggest fear or phobia?
What do you read for relaxation?
I love to read books that take me to far-flung locals and expose me to new adventures. My favorite authors are Clive Cussler and James Rollins; however, I also like to try new authors to keep my reading fresh and to hopefully discover my next favorite author.
When you reach a snag in your writing, how do you come un-stuck?
I usually just move on to something else for a while. Often I have several books in the works at the same time.
Do you have a special routine or a special place to write?
Not really. I do have a great office, but I can’t force ideas, so I just write when and where the mood strikes me.
What writing project are you working on now?
I’m almost finished with a second novel in the series I have mapped out, starting with A Dose of Danger. I don’t want to give away too much, but do you ever wonder if all those artificial sweeteners in our foods are safe? And, how far would a corrupt coalition go to protect its dirty little secrets? For now though, I hope everyone will check out where it all starts with A Dose of Danger.
When researcher Grace Talbot and her team discover a possible solution for weight loss they become targets of a group dedicated to controlling the multi-billion dollar a year diet-product industry. 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?
Kim McMahill grew up in Wyoming, which is where she developed her sense of adventure and love of the outdoors. Since leaving Wyoming she has enjoyed many opportunities to see the world, and has lived amid some of America’s most stunning landscapes. Kim started out writing non-fiction, but her passion for exotic world travel, outrageous adventures, stories of survival, and happily-ever-after endings soon drew her into a world of romantic suspense. Along with writing adventure novels Kim has also published over eighty travel and geographic articles, and contributed to a travel anthology and cookbook. When not writing, Kim enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time with family.
To learn more about Kim and her writing, visit her website at http://KimMcMahill.com or follow her at http://KimMcMahill.blogspot.com or on twitter at https://twitter.com/kimmcmahll.
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