K. Madill lives in British Columbia with her partner surrounded by gardens and animals. She recently bought a rescue horse. The author can often be found in her fantasy world, The Silver Kingdom, and eagerly searches for plots everywhere. For more K. Madill, you can visit her blog at kmadill.com or her Facebook page, K. Madill.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Canadian, day dreamer, creature friend, hack, terrible guitar player, nature lover, Gogol Bordello fan, popcorn enthusiast, optimist.
What made you first decide to become a writer? I still haven’t decided. Writing novels is hard! I think I was bitten by the storytelling bug after reading Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. A forest growing in my room, a private boat followed by a wild rumpus? Yes please!
Can you tell us about your latest book?
I’d love to. The Stolen Herd is, I suppose, what one would call a dark fairy tale. It revolves around a horse whose herd has been captured to be used as warhorses by the army of the Silver Kingdom. During their seizure he is lucky enough to be rescued by a mare and her sister. He grows up in relative peacefulness until his curiosity gets the better of him and he lands himself in a heap of trouble. I won’t spoil it for you, but his adventure starts there. The book has a varying degree of characters; a fire breathing bat, a peace-loving tribe of Yeti, and a rather nasty water imp, among others.
What inspired you to write it? Mandamus just appeared in front of me one afternoon in January of 2008. I worked in an office and quite suddenly I had a vision of this this black horse standing in front of my cubicle. He wore such a troubled look. I could not get him out of my head for the rest of the day. During my commute home I got off the bus well before my stop and walked along the dark road coming up with plot after plot about this horse. I could almost hear the clip clop of his hooves as he followed me under that cold, starry sky. When I got home I began what grew to be a tower of notes. The story has changed quite a bit since then, though.
What is one thing you hope readers will take away from this book?
That all life is sacred.
Where can readers purchase a copy of your book? On Amazon.
If you could meet any writer (living or dead) who would it be? J.R.R. Tolkien. First, I would thank him profusely for Middle Earth. Then I would kidnap him Annie Wilkes style and force him to write spin off after spin off starring all of my favorite characters. Isn’t that dreadful? Hey, you asked!
What is one fact about yourself you wish to share with our readers? Like Mandamus, I was adopted as a baby! I also left home and moved across country when I was terribly young, unfortunately with no Luco to guide me though.
What is up next for you? Why, the 2nd book of the series, of course! I have a strange way of writing. I spend a lot of time planning, and then write random chapters. When I have a few drafted, I agonize over them, re-write them several times and then begin stringing them all together. Sometimes they get shuffled around too. Sometimes it gets hard to stick rigidly to the main plot and I find myself having to compromise internally to avoid veering off into sub stories. I can totally relate to Tolkien’s many appendices for Middle Earth. I have quite a few of my own. I have spent months writing family trees that won’t even make it into the books!
Is there anything you would like to add?
Absolutely! For starters, I would like to thank you for having me. This site is truly incredible – I’m a huge fan. Secondly, I’d like to thank my readers. You’re the greatest! Your encouragement and reviews mean a lot. Lastly, I’d like to clarify that I was only kidding about what I’d do to Tolkien…sort of…not really.Powered by Sidelines