23 September 2012

Interview with Margaret Daley

Margaret Daley

Margaret Daley is the author of Shattered Silence (Abingdon Press, October 2012) and Saving Hope, the first two books in the Men of the Texas Rangers Series (and of many other books!) She just had a Love Inspired release September, 2012--A Mom's New Start. I met Margaret through ACFW where she is president of the organization. In fact, she should be in the midst of wrapping up at the conference and heading back home, so I hope she'll be able to pop by a little, but I imagine she'll be spending a lot of time in airports today and unpacking tomorrow!

Margaret, welcome to Overcoming Through Time.  Would you share either the most difficult thing in your life you have had to overcome, with God’s help, or the most tragic situation or circumstance one of your characters has had to get past?
I have a learning disability (auditory processing disorder) and struggled to learn to read. I don't hear sounds like others do. Nothing is wrong with my hearing. It has to do with how my brain processes what I hear. I could never learn to speak a foreign language even though I love to travel. I still have problems with my auditory processing and have to compensate for it.

What is your favorite bible verse and why?
That is hard because there are so many verses I love. "And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13
I write romantic suspense and this verse is about how important love is in this world. To me God is love. He is the best example of what love means.
Shattered Silence

Disability friendliness:
Is this latest release available in audio format or do you have any other works available on audio?  Do your e-books have audio capability? Do you have any in large print?  All of my books are available in large print. I'm not sure about ebooks that have audio capability.

What has been the most important thing you hope your readers will get from your books and why?
Hope. Through the Lord there is always hope. Along with that goes trust in the Lord. When you trust in Him, you can let go of worry. When you don't worry, hope has a tendency to grow.
A Mom's New Start

As you researched your books, did you learn anything that particularly touched your heart?
The plight of these children who are taken by human traffickers--the life they endure touched my heart, and I needed to let others know about their situation. Our children are our future, and we need to protect them.

In this latest work, do you have any topics useful for bibliotherapy, or therapeutic influence through reading about a disorder or situation?  
In my Overcomers (a non-fiction book with other Christian authors) I discuss what I went through as a child with a learning disability (at the time that wasn't addressed in school). I talk about compensating skills I developed and still use today. I also talk about what I tried to teach my students with learning disabilities to help them compensate in school. I not only had a learning disability, but I taught high school students with learning disabilities.

Thank you Margaret for agreeing to answer these questions.  Have a blessed day and keep on writing!!


GIVEAWAY:  Leave a comment and your email to be entered in this week’s contest.  Drawing will be late Saturday.  Your choice of Margaret’s books, choice of format*. Void where prohibited by law. *International winners will only receive the book in ebook format not as a paperback.  

Second giveaway this week: Margaret is giving away a paperback copy of Shattered Silence, her October release!

30 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for being with us here at Overcoming Through Time-With God's Help, MARGARET! I think we would all agree...that is one great title for your non-fiction book-OVERCOMERS! I am anxious to read the reviews and spend time with you here this week...I have really enjoyed your books!

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  2. MARGARET, thanks for sharing your story of overcoming with us. It's great to have you with us this week. I enjoy your books as well and will be sharing two reviews on the blog this week.
    I hope you had a good time at the ACFW conference!

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  3. WOW! I did not know this about margaret. I don't know how this problem works, but so thankful there was a way for her to compensate. Good for you Margaret. And, your booked sound interesting, tho I've not had the priviledge of reading one yet. I hope to win one so I can alieviate that. And, congratulations for being President at the ACFW..Thanks Carrie for this interview Please enter me.. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )
    How do we enter the 2nd give-away?

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  4. MAXIE, I am so proud of Margaret that she persisted. What an example she is to others--especially writers!

    We will do two giveaways at the end of the week and will draw from comments on ALL the posts. Come by all of the posts if you want and leave a comment--I will count them all. Blessings!

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  5. DIANA, I have a copy of this book. Several authors contributed to it to share their stories of overcoming disabilities that could have affected their writing. A great testimony!

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  6. Margaret is one of my favorite authors...have read several of her books and loved each (very inspiring) one.
    I would love to be entered!

    Jackie S.

    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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  7. I had no idea that Margaret has this disability--what a heroine she is to continue to persist in overcoming. And too, how she relies on the Lord and trusts Him! I love to read her writings. I just think that "Saving Hope" is one of her best!! I'd love to win another of her books. Blessings!Darlene

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  8. follow up comment from Darlene i.e spangldlady

    forgot to leave my email address sorry :(

    spangldlady[at]gmail[dot]com

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  9. would love to win.
    angelachesnut@gmail.com

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  10. JACKIE, Thanks for coming by! We are so glad to have authors share their stories with their readers and so glad Margaret's work is so inspired!

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  11. ANGELA, if you come back, tell me what you thought about the interview, okay? Blessings!

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  12. MARIAN, Let's keep Margaret in our prayers this week as she recovers from the huge conference!!

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  13. Wow, what an obstacle to overcome! I have never read any of Ms. Margaret's books but I would love to have the chance to start reading them. :)
    samanthaakuiper(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. SAMANTHA, I am not sure how many books Margaret has. Maybe when she comes by she can tell us. I know it is a lot!

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  15. Carrie, thank you for having me on your blog. I appreciate everyone's comments. Carrie, I have sold 83 books so far. When I taught kids with disabilities, I tried to encourage them to keep working, not to give up. We all have something to overcome in life.

    ACFW conference was great but I am tired. It will take a few days for me to recuperate.

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  16. I so admire you Margaret and it helps me to take the next step each day and keep trying! Hi Carrie! I have several of Margaret Daley's books and I didn't realize how many you had Margaret. I'm grateful you didn't give up. Do you have a list that we could look at of all your books?
    jennydtipton[at]gmail[dot]com

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  17. MARGARET thank you so much for sharing your overcoming with us at OTT. I am so glad the Lord was faithful and helped you overcome your learning diaability. I LOVE your books, especially Saving Hope. It is heartwrenching to think of what some children have to endure. I am looking forward to reviewing Shattered Silence later this week.

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  18. Oh my goodness. What an inspiring interview. I'm still in awe from seeing and meeting Margaret Daley at the ACFW conference. Knowing that she is an overcomer and successfuly copes with such an unusual disability is encouraging to me. What faith she demonstrates. Thanks for this giveaway and the opportunity to win an excellent read.

    Blessed by Grace,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  19. Thanks for the interview ladies! Margaret's name sounds familiar, with 83 books out there I have probably read one or two over the many years I have been reading... can't remember right off.

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  20. DARLENE and TERESA, I keep hearing how good "Saving Hope" is! And yes, she is a great role model for persistence, perseverance, and overcoming--which we LOVE on this blog!!!

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  21. would love to win one of Margaret's books thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  22. I have not read any of Margaret's work but have heard some great things about her writing.
    Great interview!
    Amy C
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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  23. AMY, thanks! I have read one, a plantation setting in SC.

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  24. Apple Blossom, did you have any thoughts about the interview? Blessings!

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  25. PATTY, as discouraging as writing books can be at times, and with dyslexia, it has to be God's own doing that Margaret has all those published books!!!

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  26. MARGARET, praying for a quick recovery from the conference for you!

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  27. Barbara, I had such a great time at the ACFW conference, especially seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

    Jenny, a lot of my books are listed (with a blurb and excerpt) on my website at: http://www.margaretdaley.com/all-books/
    My secular books aren't listed there.

    Thanks, Abi, Amy, and Patty for stopping by.

    Teresa, looking forward to what you have to say about Shattered Silence.

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  28. Great Giveaway!!! Haven't read any of Margaret's books but all of them look Great. I believe my choice would be Saving Hope.

    richmond.abigail@gmail.com

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  29. I love your pretty name ABIGAIL, and thanks for coming by!

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  30. Abigail, Congrats!

    You are the WINNER of our first drawing for any one of Margaret Daley's books. I see that you wanted Saving Hope. I used Random.org for the drawing.

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