Did you always know you wanted to be a writer? If not, how did you catch the writing bug? When did you start your writing career? 

Margaret Daley as a young girl
I never wanted to be a writer at least at first. I wanted to be a teacher. However, I have always been a storyteller from when I was a little girl. The "bug" for writing hit me when I was an avid reader who decided I would try and put one of those stories I thought up down on paper. I liked doing it, and that's how I started writing thirty-four years ago.

How did you get the idea for Saving Hope? What made you want to write about Beacon of Hope? 

Human trafficking is a growing business ($32 billion a year) that affects every country, including the United States. Often our young people are targeted, especially throwaway kids and runaways. I was a high school teacher for many years, and I dealt with some teens who had a less than ideal home life. They were vulnerable. I want them to realize the dangers out there possibly for them. In the story I also wanted to show there was hope in a rough situation, especially when people care.

What was your favorite scene to write in your book, Saving Hope? What was the hardest? Why? 

My favorite scene is when Kate drives back to Beacon of Hope and runs into trouble. Wyatt finds her and takes care of her. I don't want to say much else and give away too much. My most difficult scenes were the ones with Rose. These scenes were very emotional--tough to write.

Can you give us a sneak peek at what you have cooking up next? Can you tell us something about it? When will it be out? 

Shattered Silence is my second book in Men of the Texas Rangers Series. It will be out in October 2012. Back cover blurb: 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 ever closer, the tension between Americans and Mexican Americans heightens. Fighting their attraction, 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?

You’ve been writing Love Inspired books for years now, how hard was it for you to jump into a full length novel? Anything surprise you in the process? 

Actually it wasn't hard to make the jump. When I wrote my longer books, I turned it in at the top end of my word count. I enjoy putting intricate plots together although while I'm doing it I sometimes feel like pulling my hair out.

 In Saving Hope you talk about Beacon of Hope Ministry. You describe how the tentacles of evil are not easily broken. The girls may want to rid themselves from their past but the enemy won’t let them go. What research did you do on this book and that topic? It seemed very scary and real. What surprised you about the evil aspect of this subject? What gave you hope? 

I read several books concerning the issue as well as articles and watched some documentaries concerning the subject. I talked with various people involved in the issue. With God there is always hope. But what people will do to others for money can be very evil. Ignoring evil allows it to grow. We need to be aware of it to stop it.

In Saving Hope Wyatt’s mom was reaching out and spending time with a stranger she met at the mall. She actually had the man over the house for dinner. It was sick to see the lengths these men went through to catch young girls and capture them. What do you hope the reader takes away from this story? 

I want young girls to realize the lengths some will go to get girls (and boys). I want parents and teens to be aware of the problems out there so they can avoid them. Knowledge of the issue is a necessary step to help combat this problem.

Which is easier for you to write historical or contemporary novels? 

Contemporary novels are easier for me because I've written more of them. Although I started out writing historical novels, the first book I sold was a contemporary romance. I've ended up writing three historical romances, but my other seventy-nine books are contemporaries.


What are your THREE Favorite books of all time? 

Amazonia by James Rollins, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin.

 If money isn’t an issue, what is your favorite place to eat breakfast? What would you order? What would be your favorite place to eat dinner? What would you order? 

If money wasn't an issue, for breakfast I would like to have an omelet with fresh tropical fruit in Tahiti.
For dinner I would like snow crab and fried shrimp at home--my husband prepares them wonderfully.

Name three places you go on the web every day? 

Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

Three Favorite books you read as a kid? 

The Nancy Drew Mysteries--I read every one I could get my hands on. Also I loved Gone With the Wind.


Thanks, Nora, for having me on your blog and The Book Club Network. I love hearing from readers. You can contact me through my website at At my website I have excerpts of my books.


Thanks so much Margaret for stopping by and letting us get to know you and your books. I really enjoyed reading Saving Hope and From this Day Forward I was pleasantly surprised at how different these books were. They were powerful, engaging and moving. I look forward to reading more of your books. I’m EXCITED about the book giveaway too!! It starts on MARCH 19th. Margaret will be giving away 2 copies of Saving Hope and 1 copy of From this Day Forward. Mark your calendars!! Contest is all at THE BOOK CLUB NETWORK CLICK ON THIS LINK TO ENTER DRAWING 


(no entries are taken here. The event is at TBCN not my blog)


Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network CEO


Post a Comment