Margaret is an award winning, multi-published author with over fifty books to her credit. She is writing for Steeple Hill Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense. This year she has seven books coming out, four Love Inspired Suspense, two Love Inspired, and one Classic Love Inspired. Margaret has been writing for twenty-seven years and recently completed her fifth book. In 2000 she sold her first inspirational romance to Harlequin's Steeple Hill and hasn't looked back. She has found an area where she can combine her family related stories with her love of suspense and mysteries. When she isn't writing she is teaching high school students with learning disabilities. She has a wonderful, real hero, her husband Mike and they have one son. She loves to travel, read, especially adventures and suspense books, and going to lunch with her friends.
You can visit her web site to read excerpts from her latest books and sign her guest book for a chance to win an autographed book. She also has a blog.
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1. Child abductions. A universal threat affecting families of all walks
of life. What inspired you to write this story?
I'm a parent and a grandparent and I think that would be one of the worst things that could happen to a parent. Taking that premise, I wanted to take it one step farther where a law officer has to deal with both sides of it. It was a very emotional book for me to write.
2. How much of your own experiences influenced your characters? What
aspects became traits that were theirs and theirs alone?
I think there probably is a little of me in a lot of my characters. But my characters are uniquely their own. When I'm writing them, they take over and have their own voice. That's one of the things I love about writing.
3. What themes exist in Vanished that you hope the reader sees? Are there any themes that weren't overt but developed as the story progressed?
Fear is a major theme in this story. J.T. faces the fear of losing one or more of his children. Ashley faces the fear of being a captive. Even Neil and Kim must face their fears concerning someone targeting their family. Two other themes are forgiveness and guilt. Guilt is a powerful motivator for people in their lives. J.T. has a past that comes back to haunt him, and he has to turn to his faith to make it through. I wanted to show someone dealing with a horrible event relying on the Lord in the end.
4. What were your most difficult parts to write? Your favorite?
Writing Ashley's viewpoint when she was kidnapped was the hardest. My favorite was the end when the story was resolved.
5. When is your next book coming out and what is the story?
Vanished is a Love Inspired May 2007 book. It should be out right now.
As a detective in Chicago, J.T. Logan had put away a lot of criminals--and had made a lot of enemies. However, the last thing the widowed father and current small-town sheriff expected was crime in his own backyard. Until his young daughter was kidnapped. FBI agent Madison Spencer found herself working with J.T. again, on a case painfully different from their previous one. She could only watch as he struggled to remain coldly professional while his heart was in anguish. And what of her own heart? Romance should be the furthest thing from their minds. All she could do was hope--and pray--for them all.
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