ABOUT AUTHOR: Maggie Brendan is the bestselling author of the Heart of the West and The Blue Willow Brides series.  Winner of the 2014 Book Buyers Best Award (OCC/RWA) for inspirational fiction for inspirational fiction and the 2013 Laurel Wreath Award, she was a finalist for the 2013 Published Maggie Award for Excellence and the 2013 Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award. To learn more, visit

How did you come up with the idea for The Trouble with Patience?

I came up with the idea for Patience while I was making a list of the virtues and vices in the Bible after I came up with the series title, Virtues and Vices. Some listed in scripture are—humility, love, kindness, greed, jealousy, anger, pride and envy, patience, and charity. Bingo! When I saw Patience, I decided that would be the heroine’s name and although she had patience, it would be tested.

Can you give us a sneak peek into what you are working on now? When will it be out?

I've just turned in the second book in the series, A Sweet Misfortune. The story centers around a dance hall gal who is rescued by her brother’s friend, a prominent cattle baron. They are as different as day and night on the outside but on the inside both have to come to terms with who they are in God’s eyes.

When you sit down to relax and read, what genre do you turn to? Do you prefer hardback, paperback or digital when you read? Why?

My favorite is historical novels but I enjoy reading contemporary and suspense too. Honestly, I prefer holding a real book, (hardback or paper), but I do load books on my Kindle too. It’s convenient for traveling instead of lugging several books.

What are the challenges of writing historicals?

The challenges for me would be accuracy whenever possible about the era and location. Things such as inventions or conveniences need research. For instance, were there gaslights during that time, or whether or not a train station would have been in a remote town? Also writing in the manner in which they spoke during that era.

How much research do you put into your historicals? Did you discover some fascinating tales that made it in your book? Some that didn't?

I do plenty of research for my novels and always include author notes in my books, as well as any disclaimer about a real character or event. My hero, Jedediah Jones, is based on John Xavier Beidler, who was an x-Montana vigilante. He was a legend and later became a US Deputy so I fictionalized his life a bit to suit my story.

Women dressed very differently in the time period you wrote about, what do you think you’d enjoy wearing? What do you think you’d dislike wearing?

The heroine's gown
My wedding dress

No doubt about it, I’d love to be able to dress in the finery of clothing used in the 19th Century! Clothes were exquisitely created and feminine with beautiful embellishments and so were the hats too. I think the biggest problem I would have is wearing heavy skirts during the summer months, however most houses were designed for airflow with long hallways and windows to keep the homes cooler. Not to mention the fact there were no blacktop highways, concrete or interstate. Trees were plentiful too which help keep the temperatures down. 

What two jobs have you had that would surprise people? Do tell!

When I was in high school I worked half-days in business education class and worked for the USDA Forest Service. I was an assistant to the librarian who supplied all the entomologists and scientists their reference books, thesis papers, etc. It was a great job! The woman I worked with was an excellent seamstress who made my wedding gown!
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Another fun but hard job was working for Johnson Ferry Baptist church in the music office. I worked under the technical team and compiled ten years of Bryant Wright’s (senior pastor) sermons into booklet form for Right From the Heart. (Nora, I’m sure you've seen and heard these on Atlanta TV). I assisted the team in making Bryant’s thirty second television and radio spots that are still on TV locally. It was a great job and wonderful people to work with.

Out of all the sounds in the world which are your favorite?

My favorite sounds are the outdoors ones that I can hear, singing birds, the wind in the trees as it brushes against the leaves or pine boughs, the lonesome sound of a train’s whistle, the tinkling of my wind chimes, a creek’s gurgle, a Red-tail Hawk’s cry or the turtledove’s coo.

We all live busy lives and all of us are in different seasons of life; that as a given what part of your day requires the most patience from you to get through? Causes you to pray the most?
Why not?

The hardest part of the day when I need patience the most is when I’m on a roll writing a scene and have a zillion interruptions. Some that are important, others that are not. The thing that causes me to pray the most is when I’m on deadline trying to juggle writing along with taking care of the domestic side of home life—cooking, laundry, or illness, family. That’s when I can become overwhelmed at times—being all things to all people while maintaining the writer side of me. That is the time when I feel the need to pray the most.

Nora:Thanks for stopping by and helping us get to know you and your books. I’m excited about the Giveaway Opportunity at TBCN starting the 20th of FEBRUARY at . I really enjoyed this book and your two leading characters the Sheriff and the Creekside Inn owner; Patience. You had a surprise ending too. Loved it. 

Looking forward to it to reading the participation between you and readers! It’s always so much fun! Everyone has to be a member of TBCN in order to participate. It’s Free and easy. Participate as your schedule allows.
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  1. Great interview Nora. I enjoy Maggie's books and The Trouble With Patience sounds wonderful. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.
    Maggie, your wedding dress is beautiful. I really like historical books and it was fun to learn a little more about you and your books.

    1. Hi, Tina; Revell Publishers is giving away 5 copies of Maggie's new book at The Book Club Network Site Go to the Site JOIN It's FREE and Easy. CLICK on the LINK ABOVE the book cover. JOIN REVELL'S Page THEN ANSWER one of Maggie Branden's questions to be entered. SEE YOU THERE!