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Interview: Margaret Daley, Author of Shattered Silence

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Margaret Daley is an award-winning author of over 82 books.  She has been married for over 40 years and is a firm believer in romance and love.

When Ms. Daley isn’t traveling, she is busy writing love stories, often which contain a suspense thread within them.  She also keeps very occupied corralling her three furbaby cats that think they rule her household.

Margaret Daley’s latest book is the Christian fiction suspense novel Shattered Silence which is about a series of murders that seem like hate crimes.  Things, however are not always what they appear.

Readers can learn more about Margaret Daley and her work by visiting the following links:

Facebook ~ Website ~ Amazon Author Page ~ Twitter ~ Barnes and Noble 

Could you please tell us a bit about your book, Shattered Silence? The story? The characters?

A serial killer is targeting illegal aliens in southern Texas. Texas Ranger Cody Jackson is paired with a local police officer, Liliana Rodriguez, to investigate the murders.  While the case brings Cody and Liliana closer, the tension between Americans and Mexican Americans heightens.

As Cody and Liliana race to discover who is behind the murders and bring peace to the area, what they uncover isn’t what they expected. Will Cody and Liliana’s faith and love be strong enough to survive the storm of violence?

How did you come up with the title and how much say did you have on the cover design?

Shattered Silence is the title I gave it. It illustrates what happens in the story. I had a lot of say in how the cover would be done. Abingdon Press has done a great job on all my covers for the “Men of the Texas Rangers” Series.

Do you have a favorite line or excerpt that you would like to share from your book?

This is a short scene in first person present tense at the beginning of my story. (All scenes in this character’s viewpoint are in first person and present tense while the rest of the book is in third person past tense.)

No one sees me. They walk right by me and don’t even know I am here. I’m invisible.

But that’s all going to change today. The woman who has agreed to marry me will be here soon. The world will finally know someone cares about me. It was worth all my savings to bring her across the border. I’m tired of being alone. Being nobody.

I’m getting married. I won’t be invisible anymore—at least she’ll see me.

What are some of your favorite ways to promote your work?

Whether on a blog, on Facebook or in person, sharing with others the passion I feel for the theme of the story is fun for me. I love books and I love talking about books.

What is a typical writing day like for you?

I answer emails first thing then start writing. I get up and take breaks–exercise, stretch my legs, eat lunch. I write most days throughout the day. If I’m on deadline, I might write seven days a week. I usually set a word count for the week. If I reach it on the sixth day, I can take the seventh one off. In the evening I usually return emails and do promotional type of activities.

What are some ways that you like to relax?

I love to read and cherish the time I can. I like to spend time with my family and friends. I often go to lunch and a movie with a friend as a break from writing.

What author/s do you think are overlooked in the writing/reading world today?

Lynette Eason is a terrific romantic suspense author who is building an audience. Vickie McDonough has a wonderful way of depicting the West in the 1800s.

My favorite author, James Rollins, has finally gained a wide audience. I’ve followed him since his first book. He’s a fantastic writer of adventure/suspense stories.

What author would you most like to meet and why?

James Rollins, which I had an opportunity of finally meeting this past summer at the RWA conference. I was thrilled to meet him and tell him how much I love his writing. I would love to spend a day brainstorming and talking about books with him.

Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to share with readers?

I have two more books in the “Men of the Texas Ranger” Series schedule in 2013–Scorned Justice (March) and Severed Trust (October).

What is something about yourself that would come as a surprise to many people?

I started out in college in nursing as a freshman. I quickly changed at the end of that year to teaching because I can’t stand to get a shot, let alone give someone a shot. What was I thinking? The sight of blood makes me queasy.

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