Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Interview with Best-selling Author, Margaret Daley


Deadly NoelAs I mentioned last week, I hope to share some insight about some of my favorite authors of Christian Fiction, but I have a special treat today! Margaret Daley is offering an e-copy of her gripping suspense, Deadly Noel, right here! Answer the question at the bottom of the article in the comments to enter. Drawing will be held 1/19/16. And you can check out my review of Deadly Noel at the Suspense Sister Review Page, today, too!

Thanks so much for sharing your story with me! Gripping! I have to tell you, I opened Deadly Noel when I first received it, just to get a little taste before turning out the light. Instead, I had trouble putting it down! So I have to ask, do your stories start out with such dynamite, or does the dynamite come in after the main plot is sculpted?

That’s how I envisioned it when I started. I love writing and reading fast paced romantic suspense stories. That doesn’t mean I won’t go in and heighten the suspense even more when editing.

I also have a follow-up. I know authors who start with amazing characters and then dream up their problems. I tend to be inspired by everyday happenings or intriguing settings. How about you? Where does the story seed start?

My stories come from a lot of different places. I’ve often said that the Lord is my muse. Sometimes I can’t even tell you where the story came from. It just develops. However, this story in Deadly Noel came from reading about a prisoner released from prison because DNA proved he wasn’t the perpetrator of the crime he was convicted of.

Inspired by reality! That’s even more intriguing! Are there unique challenges when writing or working with stories about holidays or particular series?

You want to include the holiday but not let it overshadowed the suspense. Some series are tightly connected and the writer has to keep track of what has happened in the other stories to make sure it’s right in the new book.

If you were to choose another character from your book to be the star of another story (or series), which character would you choose and why?
In this case the question is easy. My next book in my Strong Women Series will be Jessie Michaels’ story. She’s the sister of the hero in Deadly Noel.

Oh, good! I liked Jessie! Can’t wait to find out what hero could possibly affect her! What enhances your writing? Food, music, TV or movies, or something else?

My life experiences and my imagination. Sometimes that can be influenced by something I’ve seen on TV or in a movie or read in a book.

1-Margaret Daley photo small-jpgWhat is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing? (Alone? With friends? With family?)

Being with my family and friends. I love going to lunch and a movie with a friend or doing something with my granddaughters. They are 6 and 8 and so much fun to be with.

What is something you’ve never done but would love to try?

Skydiving, if I knew I was going to land safely and not hurt myself.

Oh, my gosh! I have heard so many people say that! Maybe in your bucket list for 2016? And since we’re on the subject and still early in the year, how did you ring in the New Year, and what plans/goals/resolutions do you have for 2016?

I don’t make resolutions, but putting that aside this year I’m working on trying to live in the present (in the moment). I’m trying not to get caught up in regrets over the past and trying not to worry about the future. I’m working on turning my worries over to the Lord.

Excellent focus! I’m so glad we got the chance to chat, especially about Deadly Noel! Here’s the short version of the book:

Kira Davis put the wrong man in prison. Now she has to catch the real killer before he kills her. Another romantic suspense story from Margaret Daley, USA Today Bestselling Author.

Assistant DA, Kira Davis, convicted the wrong man—Gabriel Michaels, a single dad with a young daughter. When new evidence was brought forth, his conviction was overturned, and Gabriel returned home to his ranch to put his life back together. Although Gabriel is free, the murderer of his wife is still out there and resumes killing women. In a desperate alliance, Kira and Gabriel join forces to find the true identity of the person terrorizing their town. Will they be able to forgive the past and find the killer before it’s too late?

Don’t forget to check out the review at the Suspense Sister Review page.

Your Turn: Wanna free e-copy of Deadly Noel? Simple! Leave your email address below and tell me your favorite focus, word, or resolution for 2016. Doesn’t even have to be your own if you don’t want it to! Drawing will be held on 1/19

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

53 thoughts on “Interview with Best-selling Author, Margaret Daley

  1. We had to draw for a new winner. I hate that, but that’s why we require an email address. So our new winner (who did include an email addy – YEA!) is Winnie T. Congratulations, Winnie!


  2. Woohoo! We have a winner! Susan Grondin, I attempted to reach you through Google+. I left you a message with my email address there. Please email me, or leave me a comment with your email address here and we’ll get that book to you.

    I need to hear from you by this Sunday (1/24) in order to award the prize.

    Stay tuned, folks! Another free book drawing is coming up on Thursday!


  3. Compassion…I’m asking the Lord to help me more compassionate. First instinct is to get irritated or frustrated with others even if justified. Thanks for chance to win a Margaret Daley book. She’s one of my favorite authors.

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  4. Your books that I have read were very well written. They always keep my interest. Am looking forward to reading Deadly Noel.

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  5. Diligence

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  6. Mine are words. It’s a saying on one of my curves t-shirts. It’s I can and I will. For me it will be I can lose weight and I will, I can ear healthier and I will, I can workout and I will!

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  7. 2015 my word was ‘plow’ .. so 2016 it seemed fitting to pick, ‘cultivate’, in the spirit of Jesus’ interaction with Mary and Martha in Luke chapter 10 to choose ‘the better part’.

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  8. My word for 2016 is humility. My verses are Philippians 2:3-5
    3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus…
    Thank you for the interesting interview. I am partial to romantic suspense.

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  9. Great interview! I love your books & would love to read this series…I’m behind! My word of the year is Hope…really looking forward to some neat things this year, but having some medical issues that are tough. So my Hope is in the Lord & leaning on Him!
    neceemama at yahoo dot com

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  10. I’m trying to be happy and do the very best I can in the “moment”. I’m caring for both of my elderly parents and my life can feel very overwhelming at times. I love my parents dearly and glad I can be here for them!

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  11. Organization! That is what I am striving for, among other things. Being organized is going to cut down on so much of my stress.

    Great interview!!

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  12. I want to be intentional in what I do in 2016!
    thedanielsr (at) comcast (dot) com

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  13. I’m working on being happy in the moment.

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  14. This year I am working on having patients with my employee. My boss is very demanding which puts a lot of stress on me. so patients is my goal for 2016

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  15. Nice interview. The book sounds wonderful! I want to try to live a more simple and stressfree life, and enjoy each day as it comes. whthomas13 at yahoo dot com.

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  16. Oh I’m going to enjoy this one! My focus this year is the word “Simplify”. Its a theme I’m revisiting after being derailed by life happening all at one time.
    Love your work!

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  17. My word is Freedom. To know I am free to worship God, free to love unconditionally and free to live my life with no condemnation . Freedom!!!!!
    Jhdwayne(at)peoplepc (dot)com

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  18. To read the bible in a year

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  19. Rejoice… in all things! Yes in all things.. even the not so good is a lesson.. & the good! So, much to rejoice in. Happy New Years to you!
    dkstevensneAToutlook DOTC om

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