A chronic “head in the cloudser” K. Madill lives in a rickety house on a well treed street in British Columbia, Canada. When she’s not hanging out with her best equine friend in the woods she can be found trying to stay upright on her roller skates or mediating the affairs of her various furred and feathered friends that rule the aforementioned rickety house.
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About the book
Mandamus is only a foal when his herd is captured by the terrible Rakhana Army. Rescued and raised in secrecy, he knows nothing of his heritage until a dreadful incident in the woods brings him to the attention of the Forest council – and everyone else. Sent away for his own protection, he is determined to seek help on behalf of the many animals who have gone missing from the forest, including his own family.
With the help of a troubled man and a stout-hearted bat, can Mandamus save his fellow creatures before it’s too late?
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Would you call yourself a born writer?
Storyteller, yes…writer, no. I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember. I used to try and get my pets to act out parts I’d written for them. Talk about bedlam! None of them were trained. We all had creative differences. Needless to say, I gave up on being a playwright and turned to short stories and then novels. The Stolen Herd is my first book and, let me tell you, writing it was like being lost in the wilderness. I had no idea where I was going or what I was doing.
What was your inspiration for The Stolen Herd?
I clearly saw my main character, Mandamus, standing before me one day. He had this really troubled look on his face. The Stolen Herd was carved out of a stack of notes that took me about three years to create. The novel itself took six years, but that’s because a whole lot of life happened during that time.
What themes do you like to explore in your writing?
Ohhh, this is my favorite question! I began the series to write about animal rights, equality for human beings and environmentalism. Yeah, nothing too heavy there!
How long did it take you to complete the novel?
Six years. I’m a relentless planner/rewriter/agonizer.
Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.
I can be disciplined but only if I have a deadline, seriously – I’m terrible at keeping up a writing routine. Truthfully, I’m terrible at keeping up any kind of routine. A good writing day will find me putting in about 10 hours of work, broken up by taking care of my horse, ferrets, dogs, cats, turtles and fish. That’s on a weekend. During the week, I do all of that, plus work a full time job, so I don’t get lots of scribe time. I have no writing space at my house so sometimes I’m reduced to finding the nearest closet and scribbling madly in there for an hour or two.
What did you find most challenging about writing this book?
I think stripping layers off of myself was hard. I chose Mandamus to be raised by another herd and I’m adopted so, you know…some of it is quite personal. Some of the great qualities my characters have come from me and, unfortunately, some of the nasty traits do as well.
What do you love most about being an author?
Love most? Hmmm…let’s see. Living in a different world, not being able to relate to most people? Not being able to hold my own at a party where people are discussing mortgage rates or the deficit because I’m too busy thinking about how a grizzly bear, a cougar and a man could break a tribe of Yeti out of prison? Those are the definite downsides. I suppose what I love best is being able to write that nonsense down and share it with people who are drawn to that sort of thing.
Where can we find you on the web?
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