Jen: Today we welcome Margaret Daley to Romancing the Book. Margaret, will you share a short bio with us?
Margaret: Margaret Daley, a USA Today’s Bestselling author of over ninety books (five million sold worldwide), 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.
Jen: Tell us a little about your newest release.
Margaret: My current book is The Protector’s Mission, the 4th book in the Alaskan Search and Rescue Series for Love Inspired Suspense.
Lydia McKenzie is the only living witness to a serial bomber’s latest threat. Surviving the explosion at the café, Lydia is rescued by police sergeant Jesse Hunt and his K-9 partner, a Rottweiler named Brutus. She’s struggling to remember details of the incident. But one thing she’ll never forget is how she once felt about Jesse—the high school sweetheart she left to marry another. In charge of her protection, the guarded cop believes the bomber’s after her, and he promises to keep her safe. But as more of Lydia’s memories return, the more the vicious killer wants her dead.
I wanted to showcase a police K-9 that detects bombs. That led me to doing a story about a serial bomber and the fear that could strike in a city.
Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Margaret: I’m more a pantser than a plotter, but I do start with a knowing who my hero and heroine are and a framework for the story. I need to know the conflicts (internal and external) for the story—also my characters’ goals and motivation.
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Margaret: Yes, I try to write most days. I answer my emails first thing in the morning (leaving ones that will take more time to the evening). Then I start writing or editing (whatever needs to be done), working in chunks. I take breaks between those chunks—do something different, get up and move around. In the evening I answer emails and do promotional activities.
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Margaret: I have to write them down. If I don’t, I often forget them. I discovered that the hard way.
Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Margaret: I researched about K-9s trained for detecting bombs. I also researched different place around Anchorage that I used in The Protector’s Mission as well as how to search a building that has been destroyed by something like a bomb. Then as I’m writing, little things will come up that I will have to stop and look into—like how long the daylight is in a certain month in Alaska.
Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors What are you reading now??
Margaret: James Rollins, Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston . I’m currently reading Raymond Khoury’s The Devil’s Elixir.
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Margaret: I spend time with my family, especially my granddaughters. I love to go to a good movie and lunch with friends. Also, I love to read and escape into a story.
Jen: What is next for you?
Margaret: I’ll be working on my 5th book, Deadly Noel, in Strong Women, Extraordinary Situations Series. I recently release the 4th book in the series called Deadly Countdown. This is a romantic suspense series.