Tuesday, June 7, 2011

with Margaret Daley

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Margaret!
People talk about life before children—what was your life before writing?

That was so long ago I don’t remember it well. I was just teaching rather than teaching and writing. I didn’t have my son yet so I had more time. I read more than I do now. But otherwise it has been basically the same--just more busy now. Even though I have retired recently from teaching, I have four granddaughters and I’m president of American Christian Fiction Writers.

What book have you recently enjoyed reading?
I read two books recently for endorsements and really enjoyed both of them. They were Shadowed in Silk by Christine Lindsay and Wolves Among Us by Ginger Garrett. I also highly recommend Vickie McDonough’s new book, Finally a Bride.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
Cara Madison is a bodyguard who is on the edge of burnout. She is dealing with a lot of baggage and doesn’t know what she wants to do with the rest of her life. She is a strong woman who is flawed and hurting.

If you were a dessert, what would you be?
I love this dessert--light and not as fattening as some.
Angel Lush with Pineapple

This is my recipe for spring although I’ve had it at other times during the year. It’s delicious and easy to fix.

1 package (4-serving size) Jell-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding and
Pie Filling
1 can (20 oz.) Dole Crushed Pineapples in juice, undrained
1 cup thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping
1 package (10 oz.) prepared round angel food cake
10 small strawberries (I used other fruit, too)

Mix dry pudding mix and pineapple with juice in a medium bowl. Gently stir in whipped topping. Cut cake horizontally into 3 layers. Place bottom cake layer, cut side up, on serving plate. Spread 1 1/3 cups of the pudding mixture onto cake layer, cover with middle cake layer. Spread 1 cup of the pudding mixture onto middle cake layer; top with remaining cake layer. Spread the remaining pudding mixture. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until ready to serve. Makes 10 servings.
*This is a recipe from Kraft Foods.

If you were to find a purple polka-dotted monster in your kitchen one morning, how would you respond?
I would probably laugh, decide I was dreaming and go with it.

What's one of your dreaded things to do?
Getting up in front of a crowd to make a speech.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I often write about forgiveness and giving control over to the Lord.

What is the Lord teaching you, or recently taught you?
Giving control over to the Lord and not to worry about everything.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I have a third book in the Guardians, Inc. series from Love Inspired Suspense out in September. Here's the blurb for Hidden in the Everglades:

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.

Also I have a historical romance coming out from Summerside Press called From This Day Forward. Here's the blurb:

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?

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Purchase Protecting Her Own at CBD.

Margaret is giving away a copy of Protecting Her Own. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Jo said...

Thank you for the interesting interview, Margaret. I enjoyed getting to know a little more about you. Your book sounds good and one that I am looking forward to reading.


cjajsmommy said...

I want to be entered in the giveaway for this book.

Judy said...

Enjoyed the interview! I need to turn things over to the Lord and leave them there! Margaret is a new author to me and I'd love to win a copy of, Protecting Her Own.

Thank you!


Anonymous said...

Good interview. I'd like
to win this book.

Tracy Smith said...

Wonderful interview and the book sounds great. Would love to win it!

countrysunset40 (at) aol dot com

Amy said...

Enjoyed the interview. Look forward to the book. Please enter me. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Jackie S. said...

I always enjoy learning more about Margaret....love her books! Please enter me for this one! Thanks!!!

Diana Flowers said...

I have always been a lover of historical fiction and I read two suspense books to review, and I realized there is more out there than the genre I have always stuck to. So I am trying some variety and would love to win!:-)


apple blossom said...

thanks for the interview. loved the purple poke-a-dot monster question/answer.


love to be entered in this giveaway.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

apple blossom said...

forgot to mention the recipe sounds oh, so yummy too thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Christine Lindsay said...

Your latest sounds wonderful. And I'm so glad you continue to teach us writers. I learned so much from your sessions on the ACFW CD's. And I'm tickled pink you liked my Shadowed in Silk. Your endorsement means the world to me.

Linda Kish said...

Thanks for the interview. The dessert sounds tasty. Not too heavy.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Pam K. said...

"Protecting Her Own" sounds like a book I'd enjoy. Thanks for the interview with Margaret and for the giveaway.


Margaret Daley said...

The recipe is delicious. Even my granddaughters have put their stamp of approval on it. I wish all of you could win a book. Thank you for entering the drawing and leaving a comment.

Teresa M said...

I'm pretty sure I commented on this great book on Monday but I don't see it here. I'll try again. I love suspense books and this one sounds like one I will HAVE to read soon! Thanks for the chance to win!

Teresa M said...

Oops! Forgot my email...tsmathews61@gmail.com :)

Joanne Sher said...

sounds great - enter me please :)

Anne Payne said...

I'm a suspense lover! This one sounds great. Kind of a creepy cover, too :0)


Merry said...

The recipe looks perfect for a summer day, yum. Add me to the drawing this week, thanks!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Diana Flowers said...

Thanks for the recipe, too. Will try it!


Diana Flowers said...

I had also wanted to say that I just saw the cover From This Day Forward and it is gorgeous! I love the plantation in the background! I can't wait for that one to come out b/c I live in SC and it sounds like a great book!


Emma said...

Great interview.PROTECTING HER OWN sound wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.Thanks for the giveaway. I enjoy reading all of your books.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

misskallie2000 said...

Great review Esther. I love this story already. Can't wait to read Margaret's latest. She also has another due out next yr that I would love to read.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Margaret Daley said...

Diana, thanks for the heads up about From This Day Forward. I wish I had more books to go around for everyone.

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