Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Meet Margaret Daley, Author of 93 Books ~ Traditionally and Indie Published

I'm so pleased to bring you Margaret Daley.  Author of 93, yes, you read that correctly, 93 novels. Traditionally and now indie published with more coming.  This woman is my idol :)

Please welcome Margaret Daley.

Margaret has graciously offered to give away a digital copy of
DANGEROUS PURSUIT to one lucky person who comments!

LA: Welcome Margaret, tell us about your current series.

MD:  The Protectors series is loosely connected, but each book is a stand alone story. The first one, Dangerous Pursuit, is about a twin sister who goes looking for her brother in the Amazon. Talk about a lady out of her element, but she is convinced her brother is alive and will do anything to find him, even work with a mysterious guide. The second book is Dangerous Interlude and tells her brother’s story. It takes place in the Austrian Alps at Christmas where the brother is involved with a government operation that goes wrong with a school teacher on vacation thick in the middle of it. The third story is Dangerous Paradise and features the government agent in book two trying to take a vacation but trouble seems to find him wherever he goes.

LA:  Well, those sound like must-reads!  What’s next for you?

MD:  I’m working on the fifth book in my Second Chances series (Love Gone to the Dogs, Yours, Mine and Ours, Love Triumphs and Captive Hearts). I haven’t named it yet, but it is about a lobbyist and a congressman who spend a week on a bicycle tour through Virginia. Did I mention they are on opposite sides of a bill?

LA:  How has your experience with self-publishing been?

MD: It has been a different experience. I’ve always promoted my traditionally published books but not as much. It takes a lot of work on top of writing the book. But I like the possibilities it offers. I’m going to be doing two new novellas with other authors in a collection this year.

LA: When your published rights reverted to you, did you change the book(s) much before you self-published?

MD:  I updated each one and changed some of the story. The book is still the same storyline, but I published them 10 to 20 years ago and there were things that I needed to change.

LA: Having achieved your goal to be a published author, what is the most rewarding thing?

MD:  Being able to work at home. Some days I don’t get out of my pajamas.

LA: Which aspect of writing do you love the best, and which do you hate the most?

MD:  I love coming up with the story and brainstorming ideas. Promoting takes more of my time than I wish.

LA: What do you do when you find yourself overwhelmed with all the stuff that goes along with writing and publishing?

MD:  I make a list of what needs to be done and put them in order of importance. Otherwise I would shut down when I have a lot to do and not a lot of time.

LA: Key advice for other writers?

MD: Keep writing and learning the craft. I sold 20 books then went through an 8 year dry spell before going on to sell 73 more books. If I’d given up like I wanted (but kept coming back) several times during those 8 years, I would never have gone on to sell 73 books.

LA: Coffee, tea or other?

MD: Definitely tea. I can’t stand coffee.

LA: And I can't seem to kick the coffee habit :)  Do you have a view in your writing space? 

MD: Yes. I can look out at a small garden from the window in my office. It has a butterfly bush, which in warm weather gets different butterflies stopping by or a hummingbird or two. Love watching them.

LA: What does your space look like?


MD: I have lots of flamingoes in my office and even a Christmas tree with flamingo ornaments. The walls are hot pink. I have five bookcases crammed with books. I also have a desk I don’t use anymore because I write on my laptop and sit on the couch in my office.

LA: Favorite chore?

MD: None. I hate housework.


Reading about danger never prepared Samantha Prince for the desperate phone call from her brother in Brazil that sent her from the safety of her New Orleans bookstore into the rugged, inhospitable Amazon in search of him and a hidden treasure. And reading about romance never prepared Samantha to resist the mysterious appeal of Brock Slader, a guide she hired to help her in her quest.

Alone with Brock in an alien world of orchids and anacondas, primitive headhunters and very up-to-date gunmen, she struggles to keep their relationship strictly business. Will Samantha survive the dangers in the jungle only to have her heart broken by a man who lives on the edge—no strings attached?

Links to book:

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Margaret Daley, an award-winning author of eighty-seven books, has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love. When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household.

Find Margaret at:
Twitter: @margaretdaley

Don't forget Margaret's excerpt on Saturday!!


  1. Hi Margaret,
    Welcome. I'm so impressed with your sheer number of books. Like I said, you're my idol :)


  2. Margaret, so nice to see you on Leslie's blog! 93 books. Wow. Now that's something to shoot for!

    You sold 20 books and then an 8 year dry spell? What happened? I can't imagine an author as
    prolific as you going that long without a contract. When you finally sold again, was it to Harlequin?

    Very fascinating. Please tell more!!

    Great interview, Leslie!!

  3. I loved the post. I can't believe 93 books. I've just started reading your books and have a long way to go but I am enjoying what you've written very much. Love the pink in your writing favorite color & would be a delightful inspiration! Would love to win & read Dangerous Pursuit...the cover is intriguing....Linda

  4. Audra, I sold to Kensington Precious Gems first before Love Inspired.
    Thanks, Linda.