Friday, May 29, 2015

A Dose of Danger by Kim McMahill

I'm super excited today to feature Kim McMahill and talk about her writing experiences and her newest release, A Dose of Danger.

A little about the book: 
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 dead, missing, and on the run, she soon realizes she must trust the deputy with her life, but can she trust him with her heart?

And A little about Kim:
 Q. When did you start writing?
My love of crafting stories began in high school. About twenty years ago I dusted off a short story I had written years early for a high school creative writing class. My teacher noted on the paper that with more character development I was well on my way to a novel. Taking her advice, I scanned the thirty pages into my computer and turned the story into my first novel, The Lodge.

Q. When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Prior to publishing my first novel, I tried my hand at writing travel and geographic articles. My first article appeared in the March/April 1999 issue of Pacific Magazine.  When I deposited that check, I considered myself a writer.

Q. What books influenced you most in your life?

It would be difficult to single out specific titles which have influenced my writing, because there are so many wonderful books available. However, my two favorite authors, Clive Cussler and James Rollins, write stories that take the reader on mind-blowing adventures around the world ranging from heroic nautical exploits to pushing the boundaries of science. Though my experience would never enable me to write the stories these two authors do, I constantly strive to take my readers on remarkable adventures and introduce them to new parts of our diverse and amazing world.

Q. How do you make time for your writing?
For years I have worked part time, which has enabled me to write full time. For the first half of 2015 I had to work full time to cover for a vacancy at work, and that was a challenge. Thankfully I have a wonderful husband who really came to the rescue. 

Q. How did you come up with your titles?
I have to admit that coming up with titles is always a challenge for me. It’s almost easier for me to write a book than to name it. Thankfully, I have a great network of family and friends to bounce ideas off of, and one of my best titles ever, Marked In Mexico, was courtesy of my wonderful publisher.  My latest release, A Dose of Danger, was a little easier since there is ample danger and the story involves a pharmaceutical researcher.

Q. How much of the book is realistic?
I do a lot of research for all my books. I try to create realistic settings, usually based on places I’ve been, but sometimes I just have to read up on a location and do my best to capture its essence. In the case of A Dose of Danger, I’ve set the novel in a part of Wyoming that I’m very familiar with, and even though the ranch is fictional, the surroundings are accurate. I also strive to provide enough facts on other aspects of the plot to make my stories plausible. 

Q. Are the experiences in the book based on someone you know or your real life?
Thankfully, no.  I don’t wish A Dose of Danger on anyone.

Q. Who is one of your favorite characters in your books and why?
I love Grace in A Dose of Danger because she is strong, loyal, intelligent, independent, but also shows her vulnerable side and isn’t too stubborn to accept help.

Q. How long does it take you to write a book?
 It depends vastly on the book. I’d say anywhere between two months and two years.

Q. What writer would you like to be your mentor?  
 James Rollins.

Q. What are you reading now?
 I’m between books, but next up is The Sixth Extinction.

Short Bio:
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.

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