McMahan publishes second novel |

McMahan publishes second novel

Binarius author and Granby resident Kendra McMahan.
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Granby resident and novelist Kendra McMahan is at it again.

The young writer recently published the second novel in her fictional series titled Binarius. This is McMahan’s second novel in the Binarius series and her second entry as a full-fledged novelist.

Binarius is the story of main character Firinne, a young woman on the distant planet Fia and her struggles to prevent the destruction of her home world. Binarius is a dystopian novel in the young-adult fiction genre. McMahan described her story as, “a tale of victim and perpetrator, and those who inevitably are both.”

The author was cagey on specifics from the story, not wanting to give away too many spoilers, but did provide some basic plot details. Episode I followed Firinne as she and her orphan companion evaded malevolent forces in the mountains of Fia. Episode II continues the story as Firinne is hunted through Fia.

“The planet is dying,” states McMahan in describing her second novel. “There is a rage building inside her (Firinne) that will not be contained. In the final episode of Binarius, an ancient prophesy of bloodlines is unfolding and a choice must be made, a choice that might mean sacrificing Firinne’s very existence.” Episode II focuses on themes of corruption, of both the souls of the main characters and the planet Fia itself.

Episode II of Binarius was originally completed along with Episode I as a single book but for various reasons McMahan choose to publish the story as two separate episodes. Both Episodes I and II of Binarius are available in paperback form and as an electronic download through Kindle. McMahan says she has received lots of good reviews of her novels so far. “I have gotten an incredible amount of positive feedback, and even have a few die-hard fans which is really surreal for me,” McMahan states.

McMahan began work on her novels over two years ago. The story initially started out as a poem McMahan wrote which she eventually expanded into a short story and then developed into a feature length novel. Originally from Denver, McMahan moved to the high country in 2012, settling down in Granby.

She has plans in the works to continue her story with Gravitus, the second part of her series about Firinne and Fia. McMahan says she expects to complete work on Gravitus sometime this year. “My biggest challenge has been finding the time to write,” McMahan states. “My second biggest challenge has been marketing. I really rely on people to spread the word as much as they can if they love this story. The one’s who do love this story and have spread the word mean so much to me.”

McMahan says she has other story ideas on the queue but won’t begin working on any other projects until after she has completed her Binarius and Gravitus stories. “I know better than to start on any of them until I’ve finished this series,” states McMahan. “The characters… would probably consider me a traitor if I did.”

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