Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Blogside Chat | Margaret Daley

It's time for another Blogside Chat! Margaret Daley was kind enough to stop by for a chat. If you haven't read her latest book Saving Hope (you can read my review here), you should definitely check it out! It's a wonderful combination of suspense and romance and addresses some really tough, real-life issues. And now, won't you give Margaret a warm, i blog 4 books welcome?

i blog 4 books: Welcome to i blog 4 books, Margaret! For any readers who might not be familiar with you, please tell us a bit about yourself.
Margaret Daley: I've been writing for over thirty years and have had ups and downs in my career, but I felt in 2000 I found my writing home—in the Christian market. I have three cats and a wonderful, supportive husband. I have one son and four granddaughters.

ib4b: Give us a little background on your latest novel.
MD: Saving Hope is the first in the Men of the Texas Rangers series. My second one will be out in October called Shattered Silence and the third in the series next March called Scorned Justice. In Saving Hope my message is hope even through difficult trials. We all need hope, and sometimes it's hard to feel that, especially with all that is happening in this world.

Here's the Blurb for Saving Hope:
When a teenager goes missing from the Beacon of Hope School, Texas Ranger Wyatt Sheridan and school director Kate Winslow are forced into a dangerous struggle against a human trafficking organization. But the battle brings dire consequences as Wyatt's daughter is terrorized and Kate is kidnapped.    

Now it's personal, and Wyatt finds both his faith and investigative skills challenged as he fights to discover the mastermind behind the ring before evil destroys everyone he loves.

ib4b: What was the inspiration behind Saving Hope?
MD: As a high school teacher, I saw and heard many things concerning teens that broke my heart. Although I'm retired now after twenty-seven years as a teacher, my heart has always been with the children. They are our future and some of them are being threatened. We have to protect them.

ib4b: If your book was being made into a movie, who would you cast as the main character(s)? 
MD: Hugh Jackman for Wyatt and Amy Adams as Kate.

ib4b: Oooh, I can totally see them in those roles! It seems like most authors have quite an interesting journey to getting published. What did you do in your "former life"?
MD: I taught school, students with special needs, and loved working with them. I wrote for many years and taught school. Now I'm focusing totally on my writing.

ib4b: What were some of your favorite books growing up?
MD: All the Nancy Drew mysteries, Gone With the Wind and other mysteries and adventures.

ib4b: I think all girls must have loved Nancy Drew growing up! What was the last "must read" Christian fiction book that you read?
MD: Love Finds You in Tombstone, AZ by Miralee Ferrell.

ib4b: What was your biggest fashion mishap?
MD: I'm often out of step with fashion—I wear white shoes whenever I want, etc. I don't let fashion dictate what I wear.

ib4b: The beach or the mountains?
MD: Both like in Hawaii where you have a beach with a mountain behind you.

ib4b: What's your favorite comfort food?
MD: Cookie dough ice cream—I got a cone today and thoroughly enjoyed it.

ib4b: Do you have a "life verse" or favorite Scripture? (If so, please share it with us.) 
MD: With men it is impossible, but not for God; for with God all things are possible. Mark 10:27

ib4b: Can you tell us a bit about what you're working on now? When can we expect to see it in stores?
MD: I'm working on the second book in the Love Inspired Suspense continuity series for 2013. My book, Detection Mission, is the second one, out February 2013. The series revolves around a K-9 unit in Sagebrush, Texas. The dog in my story is a border collie, a cadaver dog, named Kip.

ib4b: Wow. You're certainly busy! I'll have to check out this series as well as the rest of the Men of the Texas Rangers series. Is there anything else you'd like to share with us before we go?
MD: I love hearing from readers. My favorite genre to write is romantic suspense. It is also my favorite genre to read. What do you like to read the most?

ib4b: I'm a huge fan of romance and suspense. If the two can be combined, that's even better! Margaret, thanks so much for stopping by today! I've enjoyed getting to know you!

Alright, folks, you heard her. Margaret loves to hear from readers. So, stop by and say hi!

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  1. Hi Margaret! I really enjoy your books!

  2. Hi Margaret--this new book sounds sensational. Cannot wait to read it. How long did you teach school, and what age group? My sister is a special ed teacher and sometimes, I don't know how she does it. Great interview!

  3. Lily, I taught for 27 years at the high school level. I hope you get a chance to read the book.


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