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 2300 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 as well as serving on her church’s vestry. On a more personal note, she has been married for over forty years to Mike and has one son and four granddaughters. She treasures her time with her family and friends
Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth. I am sitting in my office on my couch. I am wearing pajamas.
What one thing on your writing journey influenced your work the most? The Lord. If it wasn’t for Him, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing.
What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story? The stories I read are usually adventures and suspenses. I love reading them, but I don’t want to be part of the stories.
What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned while researching? Lately that pythons live in the Everglades. They aren’t native to the Florida swamps, but their population is spreading because people have let their “pet” pythons go in the Everglades.
What is a typical working day for you? Where and when do you write? Do you set goals? I set weekly goals. My usual working day starts with answering emails. Then I start writing. I take frequent breaks and get up to walk around--do other things that need to be done. I often don’t end my work day until the evening. At that time I answer emails, do interviews and other promotional activities I have to do.
Writing is evolving. Would you say that the evolution of it is good? Personally I like a book that grabs me from the beginning and is faster paced than books on a whole were years ago. I think change can be good, but only time will tell.
If you could have written any piece of literature in history, be it books, speech, poetry, what piece would you want to say Written By Authors Name here? Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin--love that story.
What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair) My yellow Thunderbird (2002)--convertible--it’s fun to drive.
Rachel Gordon is stranded in South Carolina, pregnant, a recent widow when her husband fell overboard on the voyage to America. Nathan Stuart, a physician who came home from serving in the American army during the War of 1812, disenchanted with his life and the Lord, rescues Rachel and saves her life. Feeling responsible for her, Nathan tries to discourage her from living at a rundown farm her husband bought to start a new future in America. He wants her to return to England.
Rachel refuses to go back to England where her father disowned her for marrying against his wishes. The farm is all she has, and she is determined to make it on her own. But Nathan has other ideas and becomes her farmhand to discourage her from staying in America. Instead he ends up protecting her and being challenged by her. Can two wounded people heal each other?
Bodyguarding is Kyra Morgan’s business--but this was supposed to be a vacation. Still, she can’t refuse the request from childhood friend and neighbor Michael Hunt. Michael’s sister Amy ran away after witnessing a murder. Michael needs Kyra’s help to find her and keep her safe. Yet as Kyra and Michael follow the trail along the Florida coast, their search grows more dangerous by the day. Terrorists are at work, and the stakes are perilously high. It will take everything they have--including trust they’re both reluctant to give--to escape the Everglades alive.
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