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Monday, March 16, 2009

Margaret Daley and Free Books!

Maggie Ridgeway spent years searching for her birth mother, but when the past is revealed, the shocking disclosures could tear her life apart.

Before we meet today's author, I'd like to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Deborah Raney's book, Yesterday's Embers, goes to:

a_d_kanady@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right in order to participate in future book give-aways!

And now let's meet novelist Margaret Daley, author of Poisoned Secrets, (Love Inspired Suspense, March 2009).

PhotobucketMargaret 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, 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. She has sold sixty books to date.

Wow, sixty! You're amazing, Margaret. Tell us about Poisoned Secrets.

PhotobucketMaggie Ridgeway has spent years searching for her birth mother. And now, thanks to an anonymous tip, she's finally found her. Taking the apartment across the hall from her mother's family, Maggie is determined not to leave until she gets some questions answered. Who is her father? Why did her parents abandon her? And what item in her new apartment is provoking multiple burglaries? After an interrupted break-in leaves Maggie unconscious, the building's owner, Kane McDowell, promises to protect her. But then he learns who she really is. When the past is unveiled, the shocking disclosures could tear Maggie and Kane apart.

Which character in your novel most interested you while you wrote? Why?

I was most interested in Maggie because she wanted to find out about her birth mother and her family. Her adopted mother had never really wanted her, and Maggie was searching for answers about why her birth mother gave her up for adoption. I've known people who were adopted who searched for their biological parents.

Me too. You would always hope the search would end happily, but sometimes it doesn't. Why will readers enjoy your novel?

This is a story about forgiveness on many levels. Kane must forgive himself, his fiancee and Maggie. She must forgive her birth mother and to a certain extent her birth father. In the middle of all the family drama there is a murder that occurred that threatens Maggie's safety and beliefs.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

PhotobucketHugh Jackman for Kane. PhotobucketAnd Kate Hudson for Maggie.

What facet of the writing craft comes easiest to you? Explain.

The plotting because I love to put a puzzle together and that's what plotting is--one great big puzzle.

What do you struggle with in your writing?

Description--every time I go back through my story, I layer it in but I don't particularly like to read much description so it's harder for me to write than other elements of a novel.

I'm with you there. But I think it can be an advantage when you have a feel for what constitutes too much description.

This month we're asking about crafting characters. Say a new writer is struggling to make her main character less "flat." In three sentences or less, give her your advice.

She has to care about her character first. If there isn't enough to the character, she must go back and deepen the back-story and add more to the character's background, especially to support her goals and motivations.

Choose an inanimate object to represent you. Explain what you have in common with that object.

A book because I love to read a good story.

What is the last book you read that impacted you? How did it affect you?

The Bible--it always has an impact on me every time I read it. But also The Purpose Driven Life. I really got a lot out of that book.

What are you working on now?

A Love Inspired Suspense called Cowboy Protector that will be out next March.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online? Please include the link for purchasing your book.

I have a web site: www.margaretdaley.com
I have a blog: margaretdaley.blogspot.com
To purchase the book: Amazon.com

Thanks, Margaret, for telling us about yourself and Poisoned Secrets. Readers, Margaret has offered to sign a copy of her novel for the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 23. To enter, leave a comment for Margaret, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. If you subscribe to my blog, at right (or if you're already subscribed) you'll be entered an additional time to this drawing and all future drawings.

And check back on Thursday, when we'll meet novelist Anita Higman, author of Love Finds You in Humble, Texas. And we'll draw the winner of S. Dionne Moore's book, Polly Dent Loses Grip. You can still enter for that drawing under S. Dionne Moore's interview, below.


Linda said...

It is so hard for some children that are adopted. First, some want desperately to know who the real birth mother and father are. Second, why they were given up. Third, do you want me now? The outcomes are so varied. It's heartbreaking when they still aren't wanted once they find their real parent(s). And then you have children who are content with their adoptive parents. Why the difference, I don't know. Hopefully your book will open up the doors on this subject a little more. Please enter me in your contest.

Margaret Daley said...

Linda, my niece came looking for my brother and they have established a good relationship. She loved her adoptive parents.

mez said...

Poisoned Secrets sounds like a heart felt journey. Please include me in the drawing. Thanks!

HollyMag said...

This sounds like a really good book. I'm looking forward to reading it (but I still love to win a copy!)

squiresj said...

Margaret Daly, an author I love to read books by. I have been on her newsletter for years now. I know God has an annointing upon her life.
I would love to win and review this book.
jrs362 (at) hotmail (dot) com

windycindy said...

Margaret is a favorite author of mine. I enjoy your website almost daily. Thanks for the chance to win this delightful book. Cindi

Theresa N. said...

This is a subject that's never out of the news. There seem to be so many people looking for that connection either the kids or the parents who gave them up.
Theresa N

Debra E Marvin said...

I'm overwhelmed by that number - 60 - wow. Please put me in the drawing for this book. Sounds like another winner!
Thanks Trish and Margaret!

Jo said...

This sounds like it should be a very good book. Wow, 60 books! That is amazing! Please enter me in the drawing.


Bethany said...

My mother has several of Margaret's books through the Steeple Hill line and has really enjoyed them, and let me share them as well. I'd like to return the favor and share this book with her. Sounds like another good one!
Thank you for the giveaway!
momofjimmy [at] yahoo [dot] com

Margaret Daley said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by.

Anonymous said...

This subject matter sounds so interesting though I have read many before. I have friends who look for their birth parents, most of them having had great lives with their adopted parents.

Gayla Collins

Debra Ullrick said...

OOO OOO Add my name to the drawing. I hope I'm not too late.



Debra Ullrick
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smilinkyn said...

I love the title of this book! Please enter my name in the drawing. Thanks & God Bless!

kalea_kane said...

Sounds like a truly amazing story. I have a cousin that came looking for my uncle when he was in his 20s. It was really strange for so many of us.

Please enter my name too.



Edna said...

Loved your interview and please enter me into the contest for a free book, In all things give thanks,




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