Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Visit From Margaret Daley

Margaret Daley, an award-winning author of eighty-three books, has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love. When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household.

It's nice to have you stop by today! Your new book is Shattered Silence. Is there a story behind it? 

As a teacher in high school I dealt with bullies and students who were bullied. It broke my heart to see the effects of a bully on a person. As a teacher we went to training to help stop bullying. I heard some great speakers on this subject. I wanted to write a book illustrating the different types of bullies in our society from the one in school to the workplace to a marriage and ways to deal with the issue.
What started you on your writing journey?
I wanted to see if I could put a story down on paper. I've always been a storyteller, but I didn't know if I could put one down on paper and convey it to others.
Sounds like you have answered the challenge. Is there anything that can easily distract you from writing?
Emails--I hate for them to pile up so I'm answering through the day.
We know you write romantic suspense but what kind of books do you enjoy reading?
Suspense/adventure--my favorite author is James Rollins and I got to meet him this summer at RWA in Anaheim. It was a thrill.
Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? 
Liliana's journey from being abused to standing up to an abuser--to protecting her older sister from the same kind of situation their mother went through in her marriage. It's not easy to bring the cycle of abusing.
Just for fun, if you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Love ballads because I'm a romance writer. I love to write suspense but I always have a romantic thread in my stories.
What is your strangest habit?
I read the last page of a book before I read the book--I want to make sure it will end well or I'm not reading it.
I have a friend who reads like that too! What is your favorite season of the year?
Spring--a time for renewing 
What is one of your favorite memories from your childhood?
Hunting for Easter eggs as a child
Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Housework--deep cleaning. My least favorite chore is dusting--it's always back in a day or two.
I hate those multiplying dust bunnies too. What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
Thanksgiving with all the family around the table
Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  
Forgiveness and putting our trust in the Lord
Do you have a special Scripture verse you can share with us and tell us what makes it special for you?  
Psalm 23rd because it is about not being alone--that the Lord is with us always, especially during the tough times. We should not fear because He is with us.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I have a November Love Inspired Suspense called Christmas Stalking. It is the fourth book in my Guardians, Inc. Series about female bodyguards.
Thanks, Margaret!

Shattered Silence is available at:

Margaret Daley is giving away a copy of Shattered SilenceTo be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your e-mail address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.

Remember to read wherever you wander, 
The Wandering Writer,


Linda said...

I have a niece and nephew who are bullied. The parents have gotten involved, but the problem persists. This sounds like a great resource as well as a great read on the subject. I'd love to win Margaret's book.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read margaret's latest her books :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

cjajsmommy said...

I will never read the last page of a book first. Everything always works out in the end, so I don't want to spoil how it all works out. Thank you for this giveaway. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

Teela said...

Being almost 60, I remember being bullied by a boy of a different ethnicity when I was in High School. But back in 1970 I was scared to walk down the halls afraid I would see this boy & never thought of turning him in to the principal. Please enter me in this wonderful giveaway. Thank you,

Jo said...

I remember getting bullied as a young child and it is such an awful thing to happen to you. Margaret's book sounds really good and one that I definitely want to read.


Anonymous said...

We have this book in the church library but I would love to win my very own copy.
Thanks for entering me in the contest.
Janet Estridge

Raquel Byrnes said...

What a tough subject. And I love the ballads also. :)

apple blossom said...

thanks for chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

ann said...

Bulling is a problem into todays society. We all probably at sometime or other were bullied. It really hurts most people and can stay with them for along time. Sounds like a very interesting book thanks for the chance to win

Anonymous said...

I always enjoy Margaret's books and look forward to reading this one, also. Thanks for the chance!
Jackie S.


Judy said...

Bullying seems to be getting worse instead of better. With FB and other social medias it is much easier to bully a person around the clock. The results can be devastating.

I would love to win a copy of Shattered Silence.


PriviesAndPrims said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win! I used to work for a domestic violence non-profit thrift store. There is way too much of it happening.

priviesandprims at yahoo .com

Anonymous said...

I want to try again to win Margaret's book. Haven't gotten lucky yet, but never know when it might happen. Maxie (

Amy R.S. said...

I don't read the last page of a book before I read a book- but I do try to find out if the book will end happily without spoilers. Sometimes, if in the middle of the storyline I don't care for, I will peak ahead. Thanks for the giveaway.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Margaret Daley said...

I hope all of you get a chance to read Shattered Silence. I think awareness is the first step to doing something about the problem. Thanks for having me on the blog, Karen.

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