ABOUT AUTHOR: Maggie Brendan is a CBA bestselling author, a 2013 finalist for the Published Maggie Award of Excellence, a 2013 finalist for the Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award, a 2012 finalist for Inspirational Reader’s Choice award and a recipient of the 2004 ACW Persistence Award in Atlanta. She is a member of the ACFW, Author’s Guild, Romance Writers of America, Faith, Hope and Love, and Georgia Romance Writers. Maggie is the author of the Heart of the West and The Blue Willow Brides series. She is currently working on a new series, Virtues and Vices of the Old West. She has been a guest speaker at a Regional Church Bookstores and Libraries Conference in Georgia and participated in several LifeWay National Fiction Events and at the 2010 Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando, FL. She recently spoke to middle school class of 5th and 6th graders on writing fiction in Augusta, Georgia and spoke at the formation of the ACFW chapter in Canton, Georgia.

When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, and researching for her novels, and being with her family. You can follow Maggie on her website, her blog and Twitter @MaggieBrendan. She is also a resident blogger on Bustles and Spurs You can find her author page on Facebook here: .

What was your favorite scene in Perfectly Matched? Which was the most fun to write?

I have a few humorous scenes in most of my books. One scene I like is when Anna goes spying on her husband and lands up in a funny situation to be discovered by not only Edward, but all of his literary reading group.

Can you give us a peek at what you are working on now? What inspired this new book?
Luncheon with a GA Book Club
 I’m working on The Arrangement-book one in a series I've entitled Virtues and Vices of the Old West. The old West has long been fascinating to me. I think partly because of shows like, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Wagon Train, Big Valley and many others. Hours reading Zane Grey gave me a colorful description of Colorado and I’d longed to go there. My husband took a job in Denver, so my love for the West only grew. I love reading true stories of people who settled the West and all the hardships they faced. I got to thinking…even the best cowboy or settler had a good mixture of good and bad about them to make them who they were. That’s a part of our human nature, so I wanted to write about heroes and heroines who dealt with their vices in spite of their virtues.

Did you have a say in choosing the cover for this book? How did the process work?

I did—for all three books in The Blue Willow Brides. Revell has asked me what I envision for the cover. I wanted the heroine to have a Battenberg style blouse on with an image of a blue willow plate behind their head. Their art department has always made me very happy with their covers.

What four words or what phrase would best describe you (you can add a few additional words if necessary? Grin)
Life Way Book Signing Event

Friendly, energetic, conscientious and unfortunately, a worrier.

What keeps you sane in the middle of craziness? Hope in the middle of stress and Life’s storms?

Mostly my personal prayer time and sharing the struggles on my heart with the Lord keeps me focused. My husband is the calming presence in my life. Not too much ruffles him. Talking with my two sisters is the best sounding boards and they always make me laugh. They know when I’m stressed, like it or not! J My daughter and son always have my back and my grandchildren are definitely the bright spots that cheer me. My critique partner and best friend, Kelly Long, understands me inside and out and plays a valuable part in my life and in my writing.


What movie affected most you when you were young? If you didn't watch movies what books affected you most?   

I didn't watch many movies growing up. But the two I’ll never forget was The Ten Commandments and Gone With the Wind, coincidentally Gone With the Wind was and is still my favorite book.

You are shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island with a group of Christians – all friends and relatives of yours. You all have to work as a team to survive. Many roles have to be filled. Which role do you think you’d play? 
Paintings done by Maggie
Paintings done by Maggie

That’s easy. I’m not a natural born leader so I’d journal our activities to support the team.

(You'd paint or draw things too! - Love your work! Wow)

A friend of yours has a time machine and they will let you use if for a while. Where would you go and what would you do?

I’d want to go to Israel and sit at the feet of Jesus.

What was your favorite show on T.V. when you were growing up? Why is it your favorite? If you didn’t watch TV what were your favorite books?

Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, and I must add The Mickey Mouse Club. Guess that really dates me. LOL.


I enjoy connecting with readers through my blog or Facebook Author page. I want to thank all my devoted readers who write and say they can’t wait for the next book. That gives me fuel to keep on writing good, entertaining stories for them.
RWA Conference

You can follow me on my website, her blog and Twitter @MaggieBrendan. She is also a resident blogger on Bustles and Spurs You can find her author page on Facebook here: .

THANKS for stopping by Maggie! It's great to know you and your books better. I'm thrilled about the Giveaway Opportunity Revell has at TBCN Starting October 20th. There will be a 5 book giveaway and discussion. You've come up with three fun questions to ask readers. I'll be interested in that discussion.

Stop by The Book Club Network (TBCN) October 20th Check out the Front page CLICK the Link that will take you to the entry author page. 


Nora :o)
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