K. M. Steele

K. M. Steele

Q&A with Author K. M. Steele

What inspired you to be a writer?

Writing keeps the voices in my head under control, and I enjoy creating strong characters and thinking about their lives. I find inspiration and endless fascination people-watching.

What prompted you to write 'Race for the Topaz Stallion'?

This novel is a continuation of the 3-part Mallory Cash series - my prompt was my commitment to finishing the series 🙂

I started the series as a NanoWrimo challenge. I wrote 30,000 words of Hunt for the Virgin Rainbow, and then put it aside. It was enjoyable, and I treated the whole exercise as light-hearted fun, because I had just finished my doctorate. When I revisited Hunt, I realised it was light-hearted and entertaining and I started working on it more seriously. When I was halfway through, I decided I wanted the main character, Mallory Cash, to have a series of adventures and planned the second and third titles - Race for the Topaz Stallion and Dash for the Diamond Crown.

Do you have any more books in the pipeline?

I am currently working on the third novel of the Mallory Cash Series – Dash for the Diamond Crown.

What is your professional background?

I have a PhD in English Literature/ Creative Writing from Macquarie University.

Any advice you’d like to give aspiring writers?

Just keep writing – you can’t publish a blank page.

Who/what inspires you?

Creativity and thinking beyond the normal parameters of a subject of any kind is inspirational to me. 

What are your hobbies, interests and favourite books?

Horse-riding, running, hiking, music, reading and binging on Netflix true crime drama

Books: Foal’s Bread – Gillian Mears, Picnic at Hanging Rock – Joan Lindsay, Bush Studies – Barbara Baynton, An Imaginary Life -  David Malouf, Their Brilliant Careers – Ryan O’Neill

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