Meet Romantic Suspense Author—Margaret Daley

Today I’d like to welcome Margaret Daley to the Suspense Blog Hop.

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Margaret Daley is a multi-published author of romance and romantic suspense. Past president of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), her eighty-plus books to date have won numerous awards, including the American Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Hearts on the Line, the Golden Quill Contest, Holt Medallion, FHL’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, and the Barclay Gold Contest. A retired teacher after twenty-seven years of working with special needs children, Margaret has been married for over forty years and has one son and four granddaughters. She writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense for the Love Inspired lines, romantic suspense for Abingdon Press, and historical romance for Summerside Press.

What would surprise readers about Margaret Daley?

My first answer was nothing. I’m a pretty open book. But here are a couple of tidbits about me: I was about thirty minutes away from being caught up in a riot in London. I came up out of the tube as the demonstration started. The press of people was scary. I knew something violent would happen. I got out of there so fast, I was a blur. I was glad I did. The next day I saw the damage the rioter did to the streets—cars burned, bricks thrown, trash everywhere. Another is I was a cheerleader in high school. A third one is that my first book I wrote was in first person and I don’t even like to read first person stories. What was I thinking?!

Tell us about your latest novel. Scorned Justice

My current book is Scorned Justice and for three days (May 15-17) the ebook format of it will be on sale at most online bookstores for $3.99. This is the link to the page on Amazon: Scorned Justice.

The blurb for Scorned Justice: Texas Ranger Brody Calhoun is with his parents in west Texas when an unexpected attack injures the brother of Rebecca Morgan, Brody’s high school sweetheart. The local sheriff, a good friend, asks for Brody’s help. At first, it seems like an open-and-shut case.

As Brody digs deeper, he realizes the attack may be related to an organized crime
trial Rebecca will be overseeing. With Rebecca’s help, he compiles evidence involving cattle rustling, bribery, and dirty payoffs that shatter the entire community and put Rebecca directly in the line of fire.

Brody expects to protect her. What he never expects is to fall for Rebecca all over again, or for a murder to throw the case wide open. Is Brody’s faith strong enough to withstand not only deep-rooted corruption and cattle rustling, but also love?

What inspired the Men of Texas Rangers series?

I have been fascinated with the Texas Rangers. They have a rich history and are the oldest state law enforcement agency. There are 150 rangers to cover the whole state of Texas. They do an amazing job.

What is the wackiest—or most fun—thing you’ve ever had to do to research your books?

Learning to scuba dive. The second dive I couldn’t get past the forty feet depth because I couldn’t clear my ears, therefore I could do any further down. For the next dive, I took something for my allergies and that made it much better. It was beautiful seeing the fish and coral up close and personal. I’d always snorkel but this was really a different experience.

What do you hope readers will take away from the Men of Texas Rangers series?

Each book has a different theme. Saving Hope is about human trafficking and about holding on to hope. Shattered Silence is about different kinds of bullying in our society. Scorned Justice is about how destructive revenge is to the person who wants it. And my last book in the series, Severed Trust, is about prescription drug abuse.

Describe your typical writing day.

I get up and have some quiet time with the Lord, then I answer my emails before I start writing for the day. I will take breaks throughout the day and end up in the evening doing emails and promotional activities.

What is your favorite and least favorite part of being a writer?

My favorite part of writing is coming up with the story and plotting it. My least favorite part of being a writer is the promotional part. I’m not a saleswoman.

What has surprised you the most about being a published novelist?

All the waiting on someone else to make a decision.

After a 30-year writing career, what do you wish you knew then that you know now?

How hard the business of writing really is—physically, emotionally and mentally.

Tell us about your current project.

I’m working on the sixth book in my Guardians, Inc. Series for Love Inspired Suspense about female bodyguards. In this story, my female bodyguard is working with a male bodyguard to protect a famous couple while on a speaking/book tour.
This book will be out in early 2014.

Scorned Justice and your Guardians, Inc. series sound fabulous. Thanks, Margaret. For information, see www.margaretdaley.com and www.abingdonpress.com/margaret_daley.

Next up on the Suspense Blog Hop—check out Margaret Daley’s interview of Heather James at www.margaretdaley.com/margarets-blog/.

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