Saturday, December 22, 2012

NATURE INSPIRED SUSPENSE



Congratulations to "Vicki T.", the winner of Kim's giveaway.  Thank you to all who participated.

Authors garner inspiration for suspenseful stories from a plethora of sources. Some observe, watching life unfold around them, absorbing the possibilities and twisting reality into dramatic fiction; some feed off emotions; others rely solely on active imaginations; and many embrace adventure through the endless bounty of nature. I accept inspiration whenever and wherever it presents itself, but the natural world is my greatest muse. Not only do I find the sensational backdrops for my novels in nature, but those forces humans try to manipulate, but generally fail to control, often add an additional layer of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, heightening suspense.

Those who follow my work may have noticed that I’ve set multiple stories in Mexico or have at least maintained a strong tie.  Though I haven’t been to Mexico in a few years, I have spent considerable time exploring its Mayan ruins, enjoying its beaches on both coasts and I’ve done volunteer work in the rural interior. While listening to a guide expound upon the practice of human sacrifice at the Sacred Well at the edge of Chichén Itzá my eyes darted around the perimeter searching for any hint of danger and my imagination ran amok – what happens when paradise turns deadly? Flee into the jungle and fight for your life. (Marked in Mexico). I found it impossible to wander through the far reaches of Cobá on a morning devoid of visitors, cautiously peering behind a mysterious ruin abutting the dark dense jungle and listening to the insects and hidden creatures without needing to take the adventure much further (Deadly Ruins). And, Big Bend National Park—anyone who has been there has surely stood on the banks of the Rio Grande looking across its muddy waters into Mexico, wondering about life on the other side and if anything could make an American risk everything to swim for another life south of the border (Desperate Dreams).

My latest novel, Big Horn Storm, stays a little closer to home. The story is set in the Bighorn National Forest, which is located in north central Wyoming and encompasses over one million acres of remote country. Its abundant wildlife, evergreen forests, grass prairies, mountain meadows, rugged peaks, deep canyons, cascading waterfalls and overall dramatic geology make the area breathtakingly beautiful and the perfect setting for an action packed adventure. Whether experiencing the Big Horn Mountains in the winter on snowmobile or in the summer months on horseback it is a place to be respected. The weather is unpredictable, with snow possible every month of the year; predators exist in its shadows, avoiding humans when possible, reacting when cornered; and help is often hours away. So, where better to set a contemporary western romantic adventure combining a too-close-to-home military crisis, harrowing horseback escapes and an attempt to reconcile the past? With a deadly storm brewing after a life-threatening accident and a terrifying bear encounter high in the mountains—to expect help is a delusion no one can afford if they hope to survive.

All writers admit to being avid people-watchers, which is essential for realistic character development, but don’t forget about nature and the experiences we encounter within its broad embrace. Not only can we find inspiration in its varied landscapes and the creatures which inhabit the diverse and unique environments, but we can also find that extra element of danger to heighten the suspense of our stories.


Please leave a comment for your chance to win a free digital copy of Big Horn Storm.

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13 comments:

  1. "The story is set in the Bighorn National Forest, which is located in north central Wyoming and encompasses over one million acres of remote country. Its abundant wildlife, evergreen forests, grass prairies, mountain meadows, rugged peaks, deep canyons, cascading waterfalls and overall dramatic geology make the area breathtakingly beautiful and the perfect setting for an action packed adventure.

    Sounds amazing. I'd love to experience it.

    vickityley@gmail.com

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  2. Oh, a new author to read, love it. This sounds amazing. I have never been out west so I love reading about all the remote untouched areas and relate to how it must have been years ago, and sometimes still is. Thanks for the chance to win and Merry Christmas...lsscarchuk@att.net. I would love to win the NOOK version...

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  3. Kim is a new-to-me author, too. Love the sound of her books and they will be going on my wish list!
    kacbooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  4. I've only read one of this author's books so far, and it's REALLY SCARY! If you like a fast-paced adverture story with some romance to sweeten it up, set against a WOW backdrop, I highly recommend Big Horn Storm.

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  5. Kim, I'm intrigued by the descriptions of your plots. Looking forward to adding a title or two to my TBR stack. l(dot)carrollbradd (at)gmail(dot)com.

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  6. Nice settings for books.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. I love to read books set in unique settings. They take on a life of their own, and transport me to places I know I will never get to. I am looking forward to discovering a new author. Trishleroy49 at gmail dot com

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  8. Hi Kim,

    I haven't read any of your work yet, but I must say they look & sound fantastic.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  9. Sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing and congrats on the release! I also love the idea of such a different setting :)

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Thank you to everyone for the thoughtful comments. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season.

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  11. Kim McMahill is a great suspense writer. She keeps you on the edge of your seat and so invested in the characters that you can't put her books down.

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  12. Honestly, I love Kim McMahill's books. Her vivid descriptions make me feel I'm right there with the heroine. When I read Marked in Mexico, I wanted a shower and a hot meal throughout the fugitive's ordeals. Those three escapees were in need of water and food, and since they couldn't take a shower or eat, I did it for them! Marked in Mexico was more suspense than romance, although love bloomed. But hey, how many heros and heroines want imtimacy when they are hungry, hot, and dirty? Well, okay, maybe one or two. But I prefer them to have a full tummy and a clean body before the loves in my books seek affection.

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  13. Wahoo! What a lovely surprise. Thank you to Kim McMahill and JRS. I cant wait to read it.

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