Friday, March 16, 2012

with Margaret Brownley

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Margaret!
What is the last book you read and wished it wouldn’t end?

I really enjoyed “The Help.” I could hear those southern voices in my head. I enjoyed the movie, too, but the book was wonderful.

What are the best words of advice you’ve been given? Who said them?
I started my career by writing angst-driven contemporaries but had hit a brick wall. I asked my then agent for advice and she suggested I write a humorous historical. At the time I thought that was dumbest idea ever. Nevertheless, I sat down and wrote a humorous historical and that’s when I found my true voice. Sometimes it takes another person to see the real you.

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!)

What do you do on an a typical Tuesday?
Pretty much the same thing I do on Monday, Wednesday and the rest of the week—write.

What themes appear in your writing?
My favorite theme is forgiveness because that’s what I personally struggle with the most. The heroine in Dawn Comes Early struggles with forgiving her mother. But unless she makes peace with the past, she can never find happiness.

Besides rejection, what do you think is the most difficult thing a Christian author faces?
I think all writers struggle with staying fresh and relevant in a market that’s constantly changing. I personally feel a big responsibility in writing about faith, but some Christian books are so very serious. God has a great sense of humor so I’m a big believer in mixing faith and laughter.

Dawn Comes Early
Brides of Last Chance Ranch

Heiress Wanted
Looking for hard-working, professional woman
of good character and pleasant disposition
willing to learn the ranching business in Arizona Territory.
Must be single and prepared to remain so now and forever more.

Her latest dime novel banned, twenty-nine-year old Kate Tenney answers an advertisement for heiress to an Arizona cattle ranch. It seems like the perfect solution for a disgraced novelist with no intention of getting married—ever.

Trouble begins the moment she steps foot in Arizona Territory. The west is nothing like she wrote about in her books. Not only does she have to deal with a hard-nosed ranch owner, and nefarious outlaw, but a traitorous heart. Kate does not trust men and has no intention of falling for Luke Adam’s charm. She’s determined to learn the ranching business and prove to the doubting ranch owner that she’s up to the task—if it kills her. If only she could stay away from a certain handsome blacksmith and his two matchmaking aunts.

You can purchase Dawn Comes Early from Amazon.

Margaret is giving away a copy of Dawn Comes Early. The giveaway is only open to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Lady DragonKeeper said...

Wow, I can hardly believe that Mrs. Brownley originally wrote "angst" ... having read a couple of her westerns, I'm very glad she went to "humorous historicals", because they're great!


apple blossom said...

love humor sprinkled in my books. thanks for the chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Wendy Newcomb said...

Would love to win this book, thank you for hosting the giveaway.


Deborah M said...

I'm looking forward to reading some of Margaret's books.
Deborah Malone, author
Death in Dahlonega
debbiejeanm at gmail dot com

Jo said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. I live in Arizona and enjoy reading books about it.


Marianne said...

i am looking forward to reading Dawn Comes Early. Thanks for the interview (if God wanted me to cook, Margaret, why did he invent restaurants?) and the opportunity to win this great novel.

mitzi underscore wanham at yahoo dot com

ann said...

This sounds like a book I would enjoying reading enter me please

amhengst at verizon dot net

Nancee said...

This sounds like a book I'd really enjoy. Thanks for offerng the contest.

karenk said...

this sounds like a wonderful novel..thanks for the chance to read it :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

HomePlace Gatherings said...

Would love to win this one! Love the westerns.

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

Pam K. said...

I'm so glad Margaret found her "true voice" writing humorous historical books. I enjoy them so much! It would be fun to win a copy of "Dawn Comes Early."


Amy said...

I understand the talking to yourself. Love the cover and the books sounds great too. Please enter me. Thanks

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Kym McNabney said...

This sounds like a great read. Love the cover.

Anonymous said...

WOW! This book sounds like one I would love to read. Hope I can win.Maxie ( )

Patsy said...

Would love to read Dawn Comes Early. It sounds great!


Merry said...

I love humorous historical stories, actually any novel with some humor makes it perfect for me. Please include me in the drawing. Thanks!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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