Friday, September 9, 2011

with Margaret Daley

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

Research does not have to be boring. Neither does having to do physical therapy treatments. I found a way to past the time and help me write From This Day Forward. As I read about a Dutch woman in America, I got a feeling for what it was like in a foreign country. It helped me to know what she was going through--to make Rachel Gordon a believable character--an Englishwoman stranded in a strange country with a new baby and few options.

The problem I encountered while writing this book was knowing what a physician could do versus what he should do according to health standards today. My hero, Nathan Stuart, was a doctor, but in the early 19th century, they really didn’t understand how a lot of diseases were spread. They didn’t understand about cleanliness. By the end of the 19th century, medicine started to make some major discoveries but not in 1816. It’s hard having your character do something you know is wrong, but that is what they did back in the early 19th century. I know what causes malaria and yellow fever, but they didn’t. My hero was clueless about how the diseases were spread, like everyone else at that time.

Another problem I encountered was I don’t believe in slavery, but in the South at that time a lot of people owned slaves. I had to address that in a realistic manner but be something I could live with.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I just finished reading Love Finds You in Tombstone, AZ by Miralee Ferrell. The characters were very interesting--the kind you care about. They are three dimensional with problems we all deal with--family, money, etc.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Rock and roll--love the beat--fun to dance to.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Housework and other jobs like that.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
My son, daughter-in-law and four granddaughters love to have snow crabs. My granddaughters crack the shells and are great about getting the meat out. Usually we’ll have a green salad and corn on the cob with the meal.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
There are so many verses I love. Here is one: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” Psalm 27:1
This says it all. What a beautiful thought.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Besides From This Day Forward coming out in September I also have Hidden in the Everglades, a 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.

You can purchase From This Day Forward from Amazon.

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


Anonymous said...

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


wfnren said...

I would really like to win this book, thank your for the giveaway and the great interview.

Diana Flowers said...

Being from SC, I was immediately attracted by this book! It is on my I hope my wish comes true!

Rebecca said...

Thanks for the chance to win this. This book looks great. I would love to read this. Thanks again.


Diana Flowers said...

Immediately attracted "to" this book...not "by" this book. Sheesh!

apple blossom said...

nice interview would love to win this book thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

cjajsmommy said...

Please enter me in the giveaway.

lgm52 said...

Entertaining interview...would love to read this book!

Charity U said...

Please enter me!

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Carol N Wong said...

Great interview. I would love to read this book about a Dutch woman's experiences in America. My great grandfather took pictures of some women over 100 years ago who had on interesting bonnets. I would what country they came from.

Please enter me in this exciting giveaway!


Charity said...

Please enter me! I have long been a fan of Margaret Daley and this book sounds like a keeper! Thanks!


Amy said...

Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Pam K. said...

Psalm 27:1 is one of my favorite verses.
I enjoyed reading Margaret's thoughts about the problems she encountered while writing this book: the slavery issue and the limited knowledge of a doctor in the early 1800's.
Thank you for this opportunity to win a copy of "From This Day Forward."

Jackie S. said...

Love Margaret's books and am anxious to read this one! Ps. 27 is one of my faves, also. Please enter me for the drawing.

ann said...

sounds like a great book one I would enjoy

amhengst at verizon dot net

Anonymous said...

Each interview I read I have a greater respect for authors...all the research they do and the things they have to remember from the past. This interview is no different. Thank you for sharing, Mrs. Daley!

Kelly Y. in VA

karenk said...

would love to read this novel...thanks for the chance :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Jo said...

Beautiful cover! There is something about this book that keeps grabbing my interest and have it on my wish list.


Leanne said...

I'd love to read this!

leanniegehrke at hotmail dot com

Tracy Smith said...

I love these kinds of books. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

countrysunset40 (at) aol dot com

Danyelle said...

Oooh!!!! I want to read that so badly!!!! Oh my gosh! It looks so good!!!

Diana Flowers said...

I hope I get picked to win this book, so I can quit being a blog stalker! lol

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