Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Take Five and Meet Author Kim McMahill

Welcome to An Indie Adventure, Kim.  Tell us, what inspired you to write your book, Shrouded In Secrets?
Quiet a number of years ago I saw a program on the Travel Channel about thirteen crystal skulls and their associated legends. There were a lot of theories surrounding their origin, if all thirteen actually exist, and if they are even truly ancient. Whether or not any of it was true didn’t matter to me, I was only interested with the mystery and the potential to create a really awesome adventure.

What were your experiences as a child that contributed to you becoming a writer?
I grew up in the country, with no close neighbors or cable television, so imagination was essential. I didn’t have a tricycle or video games, but I did have a mini-bike, pony, and later, a horse, which provided countless adventures.  In high school I wrote a short story in a creative writing class and the teacher noted that with more character development, I had a novel. From there, my passion for writing stories of adventure and romantic suspense grew.

Do day-to-day life experiences influence your stories?
Yes. Working for the National Park Service has given me the opportunity to see and do some amazing things. Also, I travel as much as we can, which is where I often find my settings and story ideas.

What is the first thing you do when you begin a new book?
First, I get to know my characters, and then I write, rewrite, and rewrite the first chapter until I practically have it memorized. I want to give readers something special right out of the gate.

If you were a TV, film or book character, apart from one you've created, who would you be? And why?
I would be Lady Sarah Ashley from the movie Australia. I’ve always dreamed of exploring Australia, and hanging out with the Drover wouldn’t be bad either. Australia is one of my all-time favorite movies and Lady Ashley really proved herself to be a strong and resourceful woman. 

Give us a brief summary of Shrouded In Secrets:

The massacre of an unarmed South American village, destruction of one of the greatest manmade wonders of the world, and multiple museum thefts ignite a desperate scramble to locate a deadly group of terrorists. An international team led by the ruggedly handsome, but emotionally scarred CIA agent, Cash Luker, scours the globe in an attempt to keep ahead of those striving to bring thirteen mythical relics together. As Cash’s team closes in on those responsible for the devastation he must conquer past demons in order to save the woman who has captured his heart and prevent destruction of legendary proportions.

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Kim 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.

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  1. Kin is an excellent writer. Shrouded in Secrets is an exciting read.

  2. Hi Victoria,
    I can't wait to read it. Glad you stopped by.

  3. Leslie, thanks for hosting me, and thanks to everyone who has visited and commented.

  4. I loved Shrouded in Secrets. It's a book that kept me riveted from start to finish.

  5. bonniemccune.comJune 12, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    I love Kim's sense of adventure, which she brings to her writing. Another experience to share.

  6. bonniemccune.comJune 12, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    I love Kim's sense of adventure, which she brings to her writing. Another experience to share.