Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I’m so happy to introduce you to Margaret Daley. I have a very soft part of my heart for special needs teachers because I have a son on the autism spectrum — so, add a special needs teacher with a romantic suspense writer and you have one of my favorite kinds of people! 🙂 Check out Margaret’s Christmas book, enjoy it during this season. I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’ve been writing for thirty-five years first in the secular market then the Christian market. I also taught high school students with special needs for twenty-seven years and retired to write full time. I loved teaching and often that influences my subject matter for a story. I’ve written romantic suspense and contemporary and historical romance. My favorite to write is romantic suspense.
I have been married for forty-four years. He’s a wonderful husband and my best friend. I have one son with two granddaughters.
MISTLETOE AND MURDER
When Dr. Bree Mathison’s plane plummets into the Alaskan wilderness at Christmastime, she is torn between grief and panic. With the pilot—her dear friend—dead and wolves circling, she struggles to survive. Search and Rescue leader David Stone fights his way through the elements to save her. David suspects the plane crash might not have been an accident, spurring Bree’s sense that she’s being watched. But why is someone after her? Suddenly Bree finds herself caught in the middle of a whirlwind of secrets during the holiday season. With everyone she cares about most in peril, Bree and her promised protector must battle the Alaskan tundra and vengeful criminals to make it to the New Year.
Alaskan Search and Rescue: Risking their lives to save the day
With all those characters in your head screaming to get out how do you write fast enough to get it all down?
I write all the time. If not I’m plotting in my head. All those characters keeping screaming for their own story.
What’s the first major news headline that you can remember and what do you remember? The assassination of President Kennedy
What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write? I didn’t always want to write. I always wanted to be a teacher. But I’ve been a storyteller from when I played with my dolls as a little girl and made up stories of their lives.
How did you determine whether to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher? I’m called a hybrid author because I write for a traditional publisher and also self publish. I’ve enjoyed being in both worlds.
Do you have your plot-line and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? I do both. I have a framework for my story when I start but it always develops as I write. I’ve often written a romantic suspense without knowing who the villain is until the end. In those cases I set up several and pick one as the story unfolds.
What advice do you have for aspiring writers? Keep writing and learning the craft. Determination is a big part of success in this business.
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