Sunday, July 10, 2011

with Margaret Brownley

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Margaret!
Is there a story behind this book?

The story takes place in 1886 and deals with loss, guilt and forgiveness—themes that are just as relevant today as they were in the Old West.
The idea for my protagonist Lucy Fairbanks was sparked by an advertisement in an old newspaper. In 1860 Julia Shannon of San Francisco took the family portrait to new heights when she shockingly advertised herself as a daguerreotypist and midwife.
Lucy doesn’t deliver babies but she is determined to capture the “perfect” picture and she’s not about to let an intriguing stranger like David Wolf and his long-held secrets stop her. Photographs can reveal more than they hide and David and the little town of Rocky Creek are about to find out that anything can happen when posing for Lucy—and usually does.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I read everything I can in my own genre but I do tend to read all over the board. My favorite book so far this year was The Help.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
My style of music would be Broadway show tunes! Life is a big production.

What is your strangest habit?
My family would probably say that my strangest habit is talking to myself—but how else can you test your character’s dialogue?

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
My favorite meal is eating out. We enjoy eating breakfast out on Sundays with friends after church. I never liked to cook and the wisest thing I ever did was raise a professional chef, who also happens to be married to one. (I also wisely raised a computer expert!)

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
One of my favorite verses is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My story “Snow Angel” will appear in the Log Cabin Christmas collection available in September. Here’s a little preview:

The moment schoolteacher Maddie Parker walked into the tumble-down log cabin schoolhouse, she knew coming to Maverick, Texas was a mistake. Now she’s stuck at school with her rowdiest pupils during a blizzard, and in terrible danger of becoming unglued.

Sheriff Brad Donovan is fit to be tied. What kind of teacher would keep her pupils after school in such weather? Now it’s up to him to rescue them—no easy task. For now he’s stuck at the schoolhouse with no means of escape. But while the storm rages outside, hearts are thawing inside.

Brad and Maddie have personal reasons for fighting their attraction to each other, but as the days drag on it becomes increasingly hard to do. Was it fate or bad luck that brought that together? Or could this have been God’s plan all along?

I’m currently working on my new Last Chance Ranch series that takes place in Arizona Territory. The first book Dawn Comes Early will be available March 2012.
I have a question for the readers. Having your photograph taken in the 19th century was serious business. A person might have only one photograph taken in a lifetime and it was almost always for a special occasion. Today, taking pictures is a breeze. Do you think we place more or less value on photographs as a result?

Purchase at CBD

Purchase A Vision of Lucy at CBD.

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


karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Jo said...

Enjoyed the interview and learning more about you. Would love a chance to win your book.


lgm52 said...

Interesting interview..please enter me in the drawing.

Charity U said...

The cover is SO awesome. :) Please enter me!

Tracy Smith said...

Really enjoyed your interview. I always do! Please enter me for this great sounding book.

countrysunset40 (at) aol dot com

Susan H said...

I would love a copy of this book! It sounds like a great read!

PriviesAndPrims said...

I also do photography, so this one sounds extra fun to me!

priviesandprims at yahoo .com

Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win. I would love to read this.


Erin S said...

I really enjoyed your interview and getting to know more about you. One of my favorite verses is also Philippians 4:13. I'm so envious that you have two professional chef's in your family! I can only imagine the wonderful and delicious meals you get to enjoy. I have to admit, I'm not a big historical fan, but I'm dying to read this book! Thanks for a fantastic interview and the opportunity to win such an interesting story!

God Bless,

Erin S said...


ann said...

Sounds like a great reading book for me.
Enter me please


Charlotte Kay said...

I am most grateful for being considered for this giveaway!
It sounds like a great read!

Many Blessings and Smiles:)
Charlotte Kay
charlovesmark at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

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


apple blossom said...

love the book cover. would love to win this book thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Amy said...

Great interview. Would love to win this book.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Pam K. said...

To answer Margaret's question about whether or not we place less value on photographs now that they are so easy to take: I think yes. Sure, we can take pictures anywhere with our phones or cameras, post them on Facebook or elsewhere to share, but I would imagine they mostly just get saved on the computer and not looked at often. Even back in the "old days" of when my kids were small (born in 1990 and 1996) we took lots of photos and placed them in albums that we actually take out and look at sometimes. If we only had one or two photos, like of some of our ancestors, those would be framed, on the wall and very much treasured.
I'd love to win A Vision of Lucy; I really enjoyed A Lady Like Sarah.

Lady DragonKeeper said...

I think it depends ... there still are situations where taking a photograph is a serious business ... such as getting the perfect shot of an actor or model and because photographs are easier to take now, you can capture candid moments --I value these shots that are hard to reproduce. =)


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