Margaret grew up in Lexington, Ky and Biloxi, Ms. She has an older brother and a younger one. She’s always been involved in the church and with the Lord. She has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love. She and her wonderful husband have one son and four granddaughters. When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread, and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household. She retired from teaching for 27 years (Special education) and now writes full time.
Margaret has offered a free book to one fortunate winner. Please leave a comment below with your email address if you’re interested in winning. We have to have at least ten comments from ten Continental US residents.
Tell us about your involvement with the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers).
I have been on the ACFW board for almost four years. For two years I was the Volunteer Officer and these last two years the President. ACFW is a great organization that promotes Christian fiction.
What is your favorite part about being involved with writers, both published and unpublished?
The ability to help others and the fellowship–no one gets a writer like another writer.
Amen to that! What is your number one spiritual gift?
Caring for others–empathizing with them
It is clear that you use this gift in the ACFW. What did you like to read as a child? Is there a book that still brings pictures to your mind?
My favorite books to read as a child were the Nancy Drew ones. Maybe this is why I love to write romantic suspense.
Once you began the quest of becoming a published author, how many years did it take to sell your first book?
It took me 3 years to sell my first book. Then after I sold 20 books in the secular market, I went through an 8-year dry spell. I sold a few more secular books before I discovered the Christian market and went on to sell over fifty-five books.
What was your biggest obstacle?
Myself–my insecurities about my writing.
That is a common problem among authors. What are you working on right now?
What inspired you to write this particular book? I’ve been reading in the news about this happening a lot.
Margaret’s new book Christmas Stalking is the book she is offering in the giveaway. Here’s the book blurb:
Bodyguard Ellie St. James has one objective: protect her client…without letting her know. Pretending to be Rachel “Winnie” Winfield’s assistant lets Ellie stay close, but there’s an unexpected complication–Colt Winfield. Winnie’s grandson wasn’t in on the plans, and the suspicious marine biologist isn’t easy to fool. When the truth comes out, so do more threats to Winnie’s life. Trapped on a Colorado mountain, Ellie and Colt must trust each other to guard Winnie and find the stalker. Before this Christmas becomes their last.
This sounds like a very interesting read! Kind of puts a new spin on the Holiday season. Now tell us a little about your writing. In three words how would you describe your style?
Electrifying, heart-pounding and heartwarming
With over 80 books published, you must be doing something right! What would you be doing if you weren’t writing?
I would be teaching. For many years I did both–teaching and writing. It’s nice to only have to focus on writing now.
What was your greatest fear as a child and have you written something like that into your book(s)?
Confined spaces bother me, and yes, I’ve used it in several books, especially when I did a cave scene. I’ve been trapped in an elevator and it was not fun.
I do not like extreme heights or gravel roads. I’ve used the gravel roads in one of my books but not the heights–yet! Is there anything else you’d like to tell us? Maybe a writing tip or advice for aspiring authors?
If you want to be a writer, keep writing. Persistence and determination is very important in this business.
Thank you so much for sharing with us today. Where can fans find you or your books on the Internet?
Check out my book page on my website at: http://www.margaretdaley.com
Also follow me on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/margaretdaley
And on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/margaretdaleybooks
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