Friday, June 3, 2011
My Friend Margaret - Interview & Giveaway
Margaret is offering a giveaway of her latest Love Inspired Suspense novel, Protecting Her Own, which just debuted this week. To be entered to win, just leave a comment below with an email address.
Nothing short of her dad’s stroke could bring professional bodyguard Cara Madison back to Virginia. But her homecoming turns explosive with a pipe bomb package addressed to her father. Cara knows two things for sure. First, someone’s after either her father or her…or both. And second, this job is too big to handle on her own. Unexpected help comes from Virginia state police detective Connor Fitzgerald. Years ago she’d walked away from him…and love. Now, despite their unresolved feelings, they must join forces—and settle their scarred differences.
Margaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense books, Hearts on the Line, won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Contest. Recently she has won the Golden Quill Contest, FHL’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, Holt Medallion and the Barclay Gold Contest. She wrote for various secular publishers before the Lord led her to the Christian romance market. She currently writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired lines, romantic suspense for Abingdon Press and historical romance for Summerside Press. She has sold seventy-five books to date.
Margaret is currently the President for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization of over 2200 members. She was one of the founding members of the first ACFW local chapter, WIN in Oklahoma. She has taught numerous classes for online groups, ACFW and RWA chapters. She enjoys mentoring other authors.
Until she retired a few years ago, she was a teacher of students with special needs for twenty-seven years and volunteered with Special Olympics as a coach. She currently is on the Outreach committee at her church, working on several projects in her community.
You can visit her web site at http://www.margaretdaley.com and read excerpts from her books and learn about the ones recently released and soon to be released.
What's your latest book?
Protecting Her Own released from Love Inspired Suspense for June 2011. It's the second book in the Guardians, Inc. Series
Fun series name! What was the hardest part to write?
The hardest part was working out the mystery/suspense plot. It was complicated and required a lot of coordination. Keep all the clues straight was hard.
That's always so challenging! Is there a theme to this book?
Guilt and forgiveness—guilt has a way of controlling a person’s life and the inability to forgive someone can do the same thing.
So very true. What's your favorite genre to write? To read?
My favorite genre to write is romantic suspense and my favorite genre to read is suspense/mystery/thriller (with romance). I also love adventure with suspense and romance.
What are you reading right now—and what do you want to read next?
I just finished Fragment by Warren Fahy. It was very good and I’m looking forward to the sequel.
Other than the Bible, what's your favorite of all the books you've ever read?
Amazonia by James Rollins—a suspenseful adventure with a touch of romance
Sounds fun! What would your dream office look like—and what does your REAL writing environment look like?
My dream office would be on a mountain overlooking the ocean below.
My real office has hot pink walls with bookcases all around the room. It is a very comfortable place that I spend a lot of time in. I have it decorated with flamingoes.
Wow, sounds so bright and cheerful! My daughter loves flamingoes. Aside from writing, what takes up most of your time?
My family (especially my four granddaughters) and my friends—I love doing things with my family and friends.
Well then, here's a question for them too. =) If you could take your family on a vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
On a Disney cruise—my granddaughters are into Disney and would have a great time.
What are you writing right now?
I am working on the second book in A Town Called Hope Series for Love Inspired. The first one in the series will be out in December called His Holiday Family.
Any other upcoming releases we should keep our eye out for?
My first Christian historical romance (I’ve written several in the ABA market) is coming out in September from Summerside Press called From This Day Forward.
Oh, fun! I have a book with Summerside coming out in December. =) I don't think I realized we were Summerside sisters. ;-)
Thanks for visiting, Margaret! Readers, be sure to check out her website at http://www.margaretdaley.com, and you can find purchase links for all her books there at http://www.margaretdaley.com/all-books/. And don't forget her blog at http://www.margaretdaley.com/margarets-blog/
Void where prohibited. Entry into the contest is considered verification of eligibility based on your local laws. Chance of winning depends on number of entries. Contest ends 6/10/11. Winner will have two weeks to claim prize.