Kes McDaniel

Author Spotlight: “Make Them Pay!” Kes McDaniel

Today’s Author Spotlight is on Kes McDaniel, who wrote Sasquatch Hunting in the thriller anthology, Make Them Pay!

Kes writes action-packed crime thrillers and jumps at any excuse to find adventure: by land (traveling to 46 states and 17 countries), sea (scuba diving in 2 oceans and 1 sea), or air (zip-lining in 3 different countries).

She’s an Army veteran, where she learned to operate heavy equipment, which was useful when she and her husband built a four-story geodesic dome as owner/builders; started in 1995 with an expected finished date of 2030.

Take it away Kes!

Q: Tell us a little about your story in Make Them Pay!?

A: Being shot during a robbery is a total drag. When the robber is Sasquatch, it just adds insult to injury. Waking up discovering you’ve been robbed of your ID or service pistol takes misery to a whole new level.

Federal Agent Jake Daely faces a terrible choice: catch the mythical Bigfoot, or spend a solid week in administrative hell?

Jake hates paperwork.

Q: What was the inspiration for your story?

A: There is a lovely Bavarian town in Central Washington called Leavenworth. I couldn’t resist using it as a setting.

Q: When did you start writing and/or publishing?

A: I’ve been studying writing seriously for about five years, and have the pile of unpublishable manuscripts to prove it. March 2021 is my breakout year.

Q: Why thrillers?

A: I love action, and I love justice, even poetic justice. Thrillers seem a natural fit.

Q: Who are your favorite thriller authors to read?

A: John Sandford, Jane Harper, Jonathan Kellerman, J.D. Robb, Michael Connelly, Louise Penny, Ruth Rendell, Alan Bradley, how much space do I have here?

Q: Were your friends or family members nervous hanging around you once they read one of your books?

A: Not so far, but most of them don’t know I’m an author.

Q: What’s your favorite non-reading, non-writing activity?

A: Scuba diving, travelling, pretending I’m still 30 and have energy…

If you want to check out McDaniel’s story along with the other 21 top thriller authors, here’s where you can grab your copy of Make Them Pay!

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