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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Looking Out the Window: Heroine Interview with Cammie O'Shea




Cammie, tell us a little about yourself: Previously a feature writer for a newspaper in Cedar Forks, Georgia, I've moved to Destin, Florida, to take a new job at The Sun Dial newspaper. I've also broken up with my fiance, the no-good louse, Jay Marias. Right now, I'm doing a lot of soul searching, trying to make sense of my situation and seeking peace through my faith.

Oh dear, have you found anything interesting or fun in Destin? Unfortunately, I know no one here, but I'm looking forward to meeting new friends. I do walk on the beach, watch the sandpipers and sea gulls, and marvel at the sun casting its reddish, golden tints over the emerald green water.

That's a start. What do you dread doing most? For my first assignment at The Sun Dial I have to write a big feature about Vic Deleona, Destin's most influential real estate developer. Every time I think I've finished his article he asks for another business appointment. He's extremely handsome, and I think he's interested in me. But, more than anything else in the world right now, I fear getting hurt again, so the thing I dread most is keeping an appointment with Vic.

Hmmm, so your're afraid of being hurt again? Yes, I never imagined anyone could experience the pain I endured, when I found out that monster Jay not only dated other women while we were engaged, no less, but that he beat one of them nearly to death.

So, now what do want most out of life? I'm just trying to make it from one day to the next. The thing I want most is to successfully complete my temporary assignment with The Sun Dial and return home, where I at least know that my friends and family love me.

Is your faith an important part of your life? Absolutely! Without my faith in God I couldn't cope with the heartache I have from the split-up with Jay, who deceived me so badly. Not to mention that I'm trying to meet people and make my way in a place that's strange to me.

Other than your faith, what's the most important thing to you? Love, especially right now. I need the love of close friends and family.

Do you enjoy reading? If so, what genre do you like? I read my daily devotional book and my Bible, but as far as commercial books go, I'll say romance and mystery.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? That's easy. I'd make this shell that I'm building around myself so hard no one could even knick it, because I never want anyone to get close enough to me to hurt me again.

Oh dear, how about pets? Do you have a pet? No, but I feed the ducks that swim on the lake near my condo. And I love watching the sea gulls, herons, pelicans and sandpipers in Destin.

If you could travel back in time where would you go and why? I'd travel back to when I met Jay, so I could walk away from him before he broke my heart.

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Looking Out the Window: An Interview with Margaret Daley


First, tell us a little about yourself.

I am a retired teacher of special education. I’ve been writing for thirty years and have sold sixty-six books so far. I have a wonderful husband and one son who had four daughters.

I am on the board for American Christian Fiction Writers, a group of 2000 plus Christian fiction writers. If you are interested in writing Christian fiction and don’t belong to ACFW, check it out at It is a wonderful organization for support, networking and education.

Were you an avid reader as a child? What did you read?

I struggled to learn to read, but around ten I began to read a lot more. I especially loved the Nancy Drew books.

Why do you write?

I write because I have to. I’ve tried to stop and I can’t. Writing is part of me.

Tell us about your latest book.

My latest book out is Love Lessons, Love Inspired, April 2010. It is the first book in my Helping Hands Homeschool series. Homeschooling his daughter is new to devoted single father Ian Ferguson. To ensure his child gets a good education, the busy CPA hires a temporary tutor. Twenty-three-year-old college student Alexa Michaels is too young—and too pretty—to be right for the job. Yet his daughter is coming out of her shell and learning. Still, Ian is traditional, and sweet Alexa—who graduated from the school of hard knocks—is challenging some of his old-school ways. Can this dad learn some valuable lessons about love, family and faith from the least likely teacher?

What inspired you to write this particular book?

My publisher asked me to write a series about homeschooling. I was a teacher for twenty-seven years before I retired two years ago to write full-time. I know many people who homeschool their children.

Where do you get ideas for your books?

I get ideas from everywhere. I’ll see a television show that will spark something in my mind or read something in the newspaper. Sometimes it is a character. Other times an occupation I’m interested in or a place. I’ve even had an opening come to me that I had to build a story from.

How do you get to know your characters?

I live with them for a while before I start writing. I let them simmering in the back of my mind until I feel I know them enough to start writing.

What themes do you write about?

My most common ones are forgiving others and trusting in the Lord.

What is your writing schedule and where do you write?

I have an office with hot pink walls and lots of flamingoes. My desk is next to a large picture window that I can look out of when I need inspiration. I write most days. It helps to keep the flow going in the story.

Are you a plotter or a pantzer?

I’m a pantzer more than a plotter. I start with knowing my characters pretty well (although as I write I get to know them better) and a framework for the story. As I write I fill in the gaps (or rather my characters do).

Does your faith affect your writing? How?

My writing has helped me get closer to the Lord. It has come from Him.

Do you put yourself in your books?

There’s probably a little of me in every book. What parts I’m not going to say but I’m there.

What are you working on right now?

I’m working on Christmas Bodyguard, a Love Inspired Suspense book for this December. It is the first in The Guardians, Inc. series about a group of female bodyguards.

BIO: Margaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense books, Hearts on the Line, won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Contest. Recently she has won the Holt Medallion, Golden Quill Contest, FHL’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, and the Barclay Gold Contest. She wrote for various secular publishers before the Lord led her to the Christian romance market. She currently writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired lines. She has sold sixty-six books to date.

Margaret is currently the Volunteer Officer for ACFW. She was one of the founding members of the first ACFW local chapter, WIN in Oklahoma. She served as vice-president for two years in WIN-ACFW and is still on its board as an advisor. She has taught numerous classes for online groups, ACFW and RWA chapters. She enjoys mentoring other authors.

Until she retired last year, she was a teacher of students with special needs for twenty-seven years and volunteered with Special Olympics as a coach. She currently is on the Outreach committee at her church, working on several projects in her community.

You can visit her web site at and read excerpts from her books and learn about the ones recently released and soon to be released.