Friday, December 7, 2012

Fabulous Friday Feature-Margaret Daley


Today I welcome a gracious, giving, thoughtful, and gifted author friend: 
Margaret Daley. 


Enter to win an autographed copy of Christmas Stalking by Margaret Daley see below.

I met Margaret through ACFW. She showed a true listening heart toward my questions and helped me. Just think, the president of ACFW (American Christian Fiction) so open to a newbie. I knew right away this lady was deserving of her title. I asked her to share her writing journey with us. Here is what she wrote:



My Journey with God As I've Developed As a Christian Writer

In the past few years my faith has deepened. Actually it has grown quite a bit through the years I've written for the Christian market.

God led me to write inspirational stories in the late 1990s.

At first I ignored the nudge, but as the Lord so often does, he kept nudging me until I took up the challenge. And of course, he was so right. I found my writing home in the Christian market.

Several times in the past few years I've seen God actively working in my life. First, he gave me a story I had to tell. It became the first book in The Men of the Texas Rangers Series, Saving Hope. The story is about human trafficking, and I knew it would be a difficult sale, but I didn't give up hope selling it because it was a story the Lord gave me. I felt him totally behind me. There was someone out there who needed to read it.

I have felt that way about all my books in The Men of the Texas Ranger Series. The second book, Shattered Silence, is about bullying. He has given me passion about certain social issues and the desire to tackle them in a story.

When I ran for the president of American Christian Fiction Writers, I did because He wanted me to run. I did out of obedience, not really expecting to win.

I had books contracted and I was already serving on the board as Volunteer Officer. I didn't envision myself as the president. I hated getting up in front of large crowds and giving a speech. I did win, and He assured me He would help me with giving the speeches. And He did. He is amazing.

My most recent journey with the Lord has me working on giving control over to Him. For so many years I tried to do everything by myself. I loved the Lord, but I didn't need Him. Or so I thought.

What has come home to me is that I can't do it alone anymore. That I can't do it without the Lord. Even knowing that, it has still been hard to give everything to Him. Not to worry. Not to forge ahead without considering what He wants me to do. As I've told people, I'm a work in progress, but with the Lord on my side, I can't go wrong.



Blurb for Shattered Silence (October 2012, Abingdon Press):

A serial killer is targeting illegal aliens in southern Texas. Texas Ranger Cody Jackson is paired with a local police officer, Liliana Rodriguez, to investigate the murders. 



While the case brings Cody and Liliana ever closer, the tension between Americans and Mexican Americans heightens. As Cody and Liliana race to discover who is behind the murders and bring peace to the area, what they uncover isn’t what they expected. Will Cody and Liliana’s faith and love be strong enough to survive the storm of violence?



Blurb for Christmas Stalking (November 2012, Love Inspired Suspense):

Bodyguard Ellie St. James has one objective: protect her client…without letting her know. Pretending to be Rachel "Winnie" Winfield's assistant lets Ellie stay close, but there's an unexpected complication—Colt Winfield. Winnie's grandson wasn't in on the plans, and the suspicious marine biologist isn't easy to fool. When the truth comes out, so do more threats to Winnie's life. Trapped on a Colorado mountain, Ellie and Colt must trust each other to guard Winnie and find the stalker. Before this Christmas becomes their last.

For more information about Margaret go to her website:  www.margaretdaley.com


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Thank you Margaret for joining us this weekend!

Reader, What event/s have deepened your faith in your career journey? 

7 comments:

  1. I love how God nudges us. He doesn't force, but He gives us free will. I'm glad you chose to write. Love the pun behind the title of Christmas Stalking. God bless you. Have a great Christmas.

    HM at HVC dot RR dot COM

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  2. Thanks, Heather. Have a great weekend.

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  3. Amazing how obedience to God can land people in some unfamiliar territories where only the strength of God working in the person can get them through their challenges. Thank you, Margaret, for sharing your journey.

    Regarding stalkings, my husband had some fluid buildup in his legs and was prescribed some support hose. Somehow the prescription was written up for support stalkings! Pretty funny and makes one wonder if the person who did that made an honest mistake or if they were just trying to be funny. Ah, mysteries! Would love to win yout book.

    Merry Christmas, Janice
    jsmithg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  4. Heather,
    God's loving nudges not only guide us but give confirmation of his direction. Doesn't mean the road is easy, but we always know He is there.
    Thanks for your good thought.

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  5. Janice,
    So true. I wonder, will someone share their journey into unfamiliar territory?
    I think of the post below this one, about Joseph, and his journey into unfamiliar territory both physically, the earthly father of Jesus, having to go to Egypt, and spiritually, his responsibility to care for the Son of God.
    Thanks for sharing Janice.

    Both you and Heather are entered in the book drawing.

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  6. Thanks for sharing your journey! I especially liked your comment "I'm a work in progress, but with the Lord on my side, I can't go wrong."

    Jes
    jswaks at gmail dot com

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  7. Jes,
    A well chosen thought to take away. Thanks for stopping by today.

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