Madelon Smid has the pioneer spirit of a true prairie woman. She seeks inspiration from the rolling hills and river coulees that surround her home; creating characters as intriguing and beautiful as the ever changing skies.
As a successful non-fiction writer, she co-authored a best seller, Smart Women, published Chronic Challenge: Living Well with Chronic Disease, and many articles in national and regional magazines.
She taught writing classes for adults at her local college, ran a successful online writing course, and edited five anthologies for the Prairie Quills Writers’ Group, before returning to her true love – fiction. The six romantic suspense stories in her Daring Heights series have received glowing reviews.
While she continues searching out the best in nature, exploring new stretches of water in her kayak, and seeking new mountains to ski, she sees every adventure as fresh material for the next story she will create in her home by the river.
Author InterviewBeverley: Which genre or genres do you write or prefer to write? And why?
Madelon: I write action suspense because I like plot driven stories and romantic suspense, because I think love is the most powerful ideology on earth and well worth exploring.
Beverley: Who influenced you the most in deciding to become a writer?
Madelon: I wasn’t encouraged by any one person in my life, or influenced by any writer I read, I just wanted to write stories that stimulated and entertained me, and did so from a very early age. I let my imagination loose, solely for my benefit. As a young stay at home mother, I decided to write to publish, having reached a place where I wanted to share my stories in the hopes of giving something to others.
Beverley: What gets your creative juices flowing?
Madelon: I create the story to entertain myself while going to sleep. When I sit down to write the book, the entire story is already in my mind. Ideas come to me constantly, and I write very fast – anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 words a day. I must say I am most stimulated by being in nature, and form most of my stories around outdoor activities.
Beverley: Do you have a favorite cartoon character? Why?
Madelon: No. I don’t read cartoons. I find satire and wit more entertaining. I like British black humor for some reason, and just love Newfoundland jokes. I’m always entertained by Canadians making fun of Canadian commonalities.
Beverley: Who would you love most to meet 'in person' and why?
Madelon: I love the new Wonder Woman character and would like to meet her because I am in awe of anyone who works constantly to excel (like Olympic athletes or great musicians). Wonder Woman combines wisdom with innocence and is guided by strong values. She gives selflessly and believes love should outweigh all evil. She works to make that possible in the world. She is a wonderful role model.
Beverley: If you had an unexpected free day what would you do with it?
Madelon: Kayak for miles downriver, swim, hike in the hills, cook over a campfire and kayak home as the sun sets over the water.
Beverley: What are you working on now?
Madelon: I just submitted Sinister Skies, the third romantic action suspense in my new Sisters in Peril trilogy. I am about to start writing a shorter category romance for a change of pace. I have a trilogy set in three locations in Canada next on my “to do” list.
I also plan to start posting Chronic Ripple, the sister book to my Chronic Challenge: Living Well With Chronic Disease book on my website, chapter by chapter. I think there are so many people out there with autoimmune disease that need support, and this addresses the people around those with the disease, whose lives are also changed by it.
I am fortunate to be able to write fulltime, and work in both fiction and nonfiction arenas. I am grateful to be able to touch the lives of others through words.
Blurb for Fatal FlightWhen he finds Sky Stravinski, Adam Hamilton becomes enmeshed in a world of danger. Did he bring it with him, earning an enemy as chief engineer and test pilot, or find it along with her? Fulfilling his commitment means persuading Sky to meet the grandmother she never knew she had. Recovering from an airplane crash, torn between opposing forces, and caught up in the attacks on Sky, Adam fights for the fascinating pilot, determined to keep her safe, and win her love.
Everything Sky owns comes under attack, from her airplanes to her airfield and her life. Combatting a hidden enemy and Adam Hamilton’s intrusion, Sky feels trapped by circumstances outside her control. As her sponsor, he earns her trust. But Adam wants things Sky won’t give. Meeting her grandmother and developing a relationship with Adam will pull her back into their world of wealth and entitlement. Sky won’t become a rich man’s plaything again. Will the threats that bring them together convince Sky Adam deserves a place in her life?
Excerpt from Fatal Flight:“You consider going to Max behind my back being upfront?”
“Max came to me. I was interested and after crunching the numbers, researching your top notch standing on the circuit and talking with my father, thought this was a great PR opportunity for our corporation. I didn’t know you were against the idea. My experience is that as soon as someone knows what I’m worth, they want something from me.”
“And you assumed I was sticking my hand in the pot.” She stopped at the entrance to the big tent, where oceans of food were served all day. “Okay, I see where you were coming from. Pax.” She offered her hand.
She took quiet satisfaction in the fact he looked like she’d turned him on his head. Good, keep him off balance, and he couldn’t do the same to her. He took her hand, his long fingers warm and dry, just the lightest of squeezes. He’d never used his size and strength to intimidate, she realized. He was a true alpha male, for only the strongest, fastest and smartest protected the vulnerable. A weaker male, took advantage of them.
Buy Links for Fatal Flight:Amazon US | The Wild Rose Press | Amazon CA
You can find Madelon at:Website: http://www.madelonasmid.com/
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