Meet the Author

K.J.McGillick

I am joining the blog tour for Spider Hunting by K.J. McGillick today, and am thrilled to be welcome K.J. herself to my blog. Thank you so much K.J. for taking the time to talk to me, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the tour. Let’s start with the interview, before I tell you about the latest book.

Where does the inspiration for your characters come from? In particular, was there a specific source of inspiration for Mary from your Path of Deception and Betrayal trilogy and the Conspiracy of Betrayal series?

I can honestly say that I am one of those authors who truly make it up as I go along. That includes my characters. Mary was never a thought when I started and yet one day as my fingers found the keys there, she was, born right there. Mary is indeed my favorite character and I enjoyed making her a central piece of my first two series. And, because I missed her so much in the last series, she made a cameo appearance in Spider Hunting.  

The plots of your books are always many layered, weaving in lots of different elements. How do you develop your plots to integrate these?

I would love to tell you that I, like Baldacci and Brown, outline to death. In reality, all I do is sketch out 7 plot points on a sheet of paper using the Plot Dot method and away I go. In this last book Spider Hunting, it did prove a problem. Every time I hit 40,000 words, I hit a brick wall, and this happed separately three times. I did something I had not done before, I put the book away for a month. Once my head was clear, I had a What If session with a friend and found the path to finish it had cleared.

I understand that you have a love of travel. What has been your favourite place that you have visited and is there anywhere you would love to visit that you haven’t been yet?

Every place I travel to make me a better person because I come to understand new cultures. The UK is by far flat out my favourite country. I love the history, pride of country and the unwritten rules of civility. I promise you, although I have visited about 15 times, I will never tire of London. The one place I wanted to visit, but because of the political discord right now just won’t, is Istanbul. I have also recently found my great- grandmother was from Malta and that appears to be an interesting place, so it is now on my bucket list. When the pandemic is under control I will be the first to sign up for a Rick Steves Best of Europe tour (my 4th) to check in on my favourite places and catch the Eurostar for a stop in London at the end. 

What was one of the most surprising things you have learnt over the course of your writing career?

I have only been writing for three years so it is relatively a short time. However, one thing that has surprised me is that there is no glass ceiling to learning. There is no right and wrong. If you have an idea, run with it, someone will surely find it entertaining.

Who/what are your favourite authors/books to read when you aren’t writing?

I love David Baldacci, Lee Child, and Melinda Leigh for thrillers. On the romance side, you can’t beat Kristen Ashley.

Can you tell me anything about what you are currently working on or will be working on next, or is it all top secret?

I am working on a story where one day a husband disappears leaving his wife to struggle with the financial mess he created personally and professionally. But the question is, did he disappear voluntarily or was it foul play.

Thanks so much K.J. for taking the time to talk to me. Now, on to the all important book details.

SPIDER HUNTING

BLURB:

It’s never what it seems.

A murder of a high-profile law partner on a Manhattan street should have made the front page of the news. And yet it didn’t. Drew Bradley’s murder was treated as just another senseless crime and relegated to page four of the evening edition. But what if the press had been privy to the fact that the murder was actually an assassination?

As the partners at Lannister and Stewart scramble to fill the vacuum left by Drew Bradley’s sudden death, Asia Blythe, a rising star in the firm is offered his coveted position. But this golden opportunity that brings with it power, prestige, and unlimited financial rewards demands adherence to a code. A code of allegiance to the firm with no exceptions. Catapulted into the world of genetically modified designer babies and state-sponsored espionage, is Asia prepared to deal with the intrigues of a world that will threaten her life and shatter her illusions?

PURCHASE LINKS:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Spider - head shotK.J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.

As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing

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