Granby resident publishes first novel this week
Writing a novel, or completing one rather, is a task that requires patience, perseverance and firm belief in your own vision.
For Granby resident and 26-year-old first time novelist Kendra McMahan, that vision is “Binarius”, the story of Firinne, a young woman on the distant planet Fia and her struggles to prevent the destruction of her home world. McMahan recently completed Binarius and is self-publishing her novel. It became available on Amazon on Thursday, Sept. 17, for both Kindle and in paperback. The Kindle version will be available for download for free starting Friday, Sept. 18, for the five ensuing days.
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.” Throughout the novel the main character Firinne and her orphan companion evade malevolent forces as they traverse the mountains of Fia. Firinne is a strong, brave, yet naïve young lady struggling to understand a world collapsing around her.
McMahan spent over a year working to complete her novel, finishing the manuscript in February. The story originally developed as a poetry piece she wrote.
“When I finished writing it I found myself curious about this character,” McMahan stated. “The paragraph was full of prose, but there was intense history and mood behind it. I just couldn’t let it go so I just continued to write.”
She expanded her poem into and short story and after completing several chapters realized she was actually writing a novel. Her love of the young-adult fiction genre inspired her focus for Binarius. McMahan described most of her favorite novels as within that category.
“I would say that when you get down to the root of my personality, even as an adult, I am an agnsty teen with some gargantuan ideas,” she said.
She described young-adult fiction as a genre with, “some real philosophical treasures littered about that few adult novels touch.” Originally from Denver, McMahan moved to the high country in 2012, settling in Granby.
“When I lived in the city I was a struggling photographer. I worked hard at that career and was able to have some fantastic experiences,” she said. “When I moved to Granby I had to reinvent myself; figure out who I was and what I wanted for my life, and by extension my daughter’s life.”
McMahan says she is entering uncharted territory as she publishes her novel and is both excited and nervous.
“I’ll probably be hiding under my desk, hoping for he best, on the day of the book launch,” she joked.
McMahan already has plans for a follow-up to Binarius. She is currently working on a sequel and said her character Firinne has a “lengthy story.”
“I know that I’ll have to write for the rest of my life,” she stated. “But I hope that it’ll also pay the bills. I hope that people will love this book but more than that I hope it will light an ember within them.”
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