Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Welcome Kim McDermott

Please welcome fellow The Wild Rose Press writer Kim McDermott, who writes as Katherine McDermott.

How Can You Write about Places You’ve Never Visited?

Take a cyber vacation. While I had been to Paris before I wrote Hiding, I had never been to Monte Carlos or Breil sur Roya. How could I make these locations authentic in my book? The answer is research, fun research. I used travel brochures, tour websites, lots of photographs to read, visualize and learn about the places that my characters would be traveling.
In the process, I got to “visit” exotic places. I learned, for example, that Jacques Cousteau’s Marine Museum and Center are in Monte Carlos. I learned how Grace Kelly was killed on the winding treacherous road to the city. I learned that one of the popular gambling casinos was built to resemble the Paris Opera House. It was a mini-vacation for me and for my readers when it was worked into the book. In conclusion, authors, take your mini-vacation via cyber space and recreate it for your fans.


Teresa Worthington escape her abusive boyfriend, Alex, and flees to Paris to pursue a dream career in art. Alone and wary
of men, she gradually makes friends and explores her new home. She is distraught to learn that Alex is still stalking her but is 
determined to create the life she has always wanted.

Handsome, compassionate, and brave, Serge Gervais, a young Frenchman, slowly wins her trust. He shows her the sights of France and promises 
to protect her from Alex. Teresa finds herself falling in love for the first time until the unspeakable happens. Alex tracks her down and forces her into the catacombs beneath the city. Will Serge find her in time to prevent Alex's vengeance?Bio


Alex illuminated the crypt with his light, and Teresa tried to interpret what she saw: uneven walls, a doorway surrounded by orbs, a floor
littered with dried reeds. No, they weren't reeds; they were bones. And the orbs were skulls? The catacombs! Her heart pounded in her chest like a jack hammer. Alex had withdrawn his knife. The blade glittered in the dim light of the torch which cast luminous shadows on the walls. What better place to
kill someone? What was another set of bones among the many? Lord, as you helped the Christians long ago who secretly met in catacombs, help me.

Buy link for Hiding (suspense romance)


Kim McDermott was born and raised in Charleston, SC where she graduated
valedictorian of Middleton High School and cum laudi from the College of Charleston with a B.A. in English.  She received a Masters Degree in Counseling from the Citadel
and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in S.C. She has nine years of experience in
guidance.  She is also a Nationally Certified High School English and Language Arts
teacher who worked for Charleston Country School District for 28 years as both an
English teacher and a guidance counselor.  She is retired and currently teaches part-time
as an Adjunct English Professor at Trident Technical College.
She has free lanced for numerous regional and national publications including:
The State, Charleston Magazine, Standard, Blue Ridge Country, Reader’s Digest, Christian Single, Home Life, Straight, Evangel, Smokey Mountain Magazine, and others. 
She won the Blue Ridge Christian Writer’s award in l987.  Her first book, All Work, All
Play published by Marco. She has two children’s books, a chapter book aimed at
elementary age children entitled The Underwear Tree and a picture book, Les Petits
Gardes. With Margie Clary, she co-authored South Carolina Lighthouses
published by Arcadia Publishing. 
She has published two romance novels with The Wild Rose Press: Hiding, a suspense thriller that won the Daphne Du Maurier Kiss of Death Contest from NRA and Abbey’s Tale, historical romance set in New England.  



  1. I LOVE arm chair traveling. There are so many places in this world I'll never get to visit in person. Doing research for my own books or reading others' allows me to travel without leaving the comfort of my living room. Not to mention I don't have to wait in all of those TSA lines! :)

  2. I'm inspired to try some armchair traveling myself!

  3. What did writers do before Google? LOL
    I am eternally grateful!
    Good luck with Hiding!

    1. Apparently they either actually traveled or only wrote about their own towns. ;)

  4. The Internet is so great for research--I'm grateful to have all this information at my fingertips. The cover for HIDING is lovely. And the excerpt is chilling [which is good!].