Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Welcome Historical Writer, Margaret Brownley!

Readers, make sure to leave your comment and email address for a chance to win, "A Suitor for Jenny!"

How long have you known that you were a writer? Did you receive a clear “call?” Or have you just loved writing all your life?

I’ve always wanted to be a writer and wrote my first “novel” in 5th grade. In high school I entered my angst-driven stories in the annual Seventeen Magazine contest, and didn’t even merit an honorary mention. No one thought I should pursue writing, probably because I failed 8th grade English. To this day I still can’t diagram a sentence. When my kids reached junior high I volunteered as the church newsletter editor, and got a bit too creative. After making the church picnic read like a Grisham novel, my then pastor took me aside and suggested that maybe God was calling me to write fiction.

What is the genre you write in? Would you explain what it is?

Currently I’m writing inspirational historical romances for Thomas Nelson. My stories take place in the Old West.

How do you spend your writing days? Do you set goals to reach a certain number of words per day? Can you give us a general idea of how long it takes you to write a novel?

An early riser, I’m at my desk practically every day of the week. I take off an hour for lunch and an hour to make nice with the treadmill. I then spend the remainder of the day on left-brained stuff (phone calls, promotion, blogging, answering reader mail and nibbling on chocolate). It generally takes me six months to research and write a historical novel.

Tell us about your new book. What is the spiritual message in it? What can readers expect to get from reading it? How and where can readers buy your book?

A Suitor For Jenny is the 2nd book in my Rocky Creek Romance series.

I got the idea from a meeting notice in an old 1800s newspaper. It was for a group that called themselves “The Society for the Protection and Preservation of Male Independence.” I don’t know what happened to the group or if its members managed to maintain independence, but I knew I had a story.

Of course confirmed bachelors aren’t the only problem that confronts Jenny Higgins when she rolls into Rocky Creek, Texas determined to find suitable husbands for her two younger sisters. The town falls short of her expectations, but she refuses to be discouraged. Once her sisters are safely married, Jenny plans to put the past behind her, move far, far away and start afresh.

Armed with “The Compleat and Authoritative Manual for Attracting and Procuring a Husband,” she follows every rule in the book. Much to her dismay, none of the men meet the stringent requirements, one of which is passing the PHAT (Potential Husband Attitude Test).

Jenny thinks she knows how to pick perfect husbands and it take two rebellious sisters, a handsome marshal, and a whole lot of faith to convince her otherwise.

Do you ever feel like giving up? Most people don’t understand the stress, the work, and the joy of being a writer. How tenuous becoming a writer is. Do you care to share how it feels, what discouraging/encouraging times you’ve gone through?

Writing is hard work, no question, and yes, I’ve wanted to give up. Fortunately for me, the love of writing has always been greater than the disappointments. I had a long dry spell between books following the death of our oldest son. I didn’t think I’d ever write again and when I finally did, the market had changed, so I had to start from scratch—and that was tough.

Who’s inspired you the most?

I love to write about the Old West because I have the utmost admiration for the thousands of pioneer women who left home and family to create a new life in a raw and sometimes hostile land.

Would you explain how you “chose” (or were chosen by) a publisher? Do you just go “inny, minny, miny, moe?”

Finding the right publisher is too important for guesswork. Fortunately, my agent did the hard work of finding the right publisher for me. But even with an agent you have to do your homework and know what publishers are looking for.

Now, that you’re published, can you sit back and relax from the success you’ve experienced?

I don’t think a writer can ever sit back and relax. There’s always the next book to write, the next deadline to meet and another book to promote. I’ve published more than 20 books and I think it gets harder with each book. I’m always trying to dig deeper and write better. You have to keep reading, writing, promoting and feeding the creative muse. This has always been true, of course, but it’s even more important in today’s financial climate. Readers have limited funds to spend and have to choose their books wisely. Writers have an obligation to provide the best entertaining read possible.

Do you mind telling us some of your likes and dislikes? Hobbies, interests? Where would you like to travel if you could?

Between writing and family I don’t have much time for hobbies. Reading is my favorite past time and we like traveling in our RV. The book I’m currently working on is set in Arizona, so that will probably be our next destination.
You recently had a book published. How and where can readers buy your books?

A Suitor for Jenny can be purchased on-line or at your favorite bookstore. And of course A Lady Like Sarah, a Women of Faith selection, 2010 RITA finalist and Heart of Excellence Reader’s Choice winner, is still available.
Would you give us your blog or webpage so everyone can check it out? Anything else you’d like to share? Promotional information?

Thanks, Margaret, for visiting my blog today!
Blessings, readers!


Kathryn Page Camp said...

I can't diagram a sentence, either, but I still managed to learn the parts of speech, maybe because I grew up in a family where good grammar came naturally. (I can still remember my father correcting anyone who said "it is me" or "not me.")

misskallie2000 said...

Hi Margaret, I would love to read your book. I think this has to be a great story. Thanks for stopping by to chat with us.

Carole, thanks for hosting this giveaway and the opportunity to enter giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

collettakay said...

This book looks so interesting! thanks for the interview and please enter me in the drawing!


Wendy said...

I can't wait to read this book.

Katie G. said...

Please enter me! I have been wanting to read this book for a while! Thanks!

God bless!

~Katie G.

katiegalyean (at) yahoo (dot) com

~ Angie Lippard said...

I haven't read any of Mrs. Brownley's books but this one has been of interest to me since I saw it on its release date. I like the cover too. Great interview and post!

My email address teacher2mykids[at]

Jan Marie said...

Enjoyed reading this interview and I think that this book will be a lot of fun to read. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!


Jeanette Levellie said...

Margaret: What a delightful series this sounds like; I'd love to win "A Suitor for Jenny!"

I became interested in western romance novels by reading Tammy Barley's books, then won a trip to a dude ranch in Colorado. I'm hooked now! Please enter my name in the drawing, and thank you for your generosity.

May the Lord bless and honor your work for Him,


K said...

Carmen sent me!
Thanks for the interview!
Please enter me in the draw for the book!

Patsy said...

This sounds like a great book. Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for giving away a copy.

Caroline said...

And thank you, ladies, for all the comments! It's a pleasure to have Margaret this week.

karenk said...

would love to read jenny's story...thanks for the chance :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Cathy W said...

Thanks for the interview!
Please enter me.
Carmen sent me!
cjwallace43 at gmail dot com

Deana said...

This story interested me when I saw it on Casey's blog. I liked the interview and love the idea behind the book.
Thanks for the giveaway chance!

Sheila said...

Thanks for the wonderful interview and giveaway! I would love to win a copy. :)

showcasesisters at gmail dot com

Grace said...

I would love to read this! Thanks for hosting this giveaway. Please enter me:

Charity said...

Please enter me. I read the first one in this series and was supposed to get this one for review but never got it. Would love to read it! Thanks:)


Carman sent me over:D

Maureen said...

I love historical romance. This sounds like a really neat book. Please include me.

Carman sent me!


Emma said...

Good interview . "A Suitor for Jenny!"sound wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks for giving away a copy.
Carmen sent me!

Renee G said...

Would love to read this one. I love historical fiction.

iarepilotswife said...

I've heard this book is wonderful! I'd love to win! Thanks!


Mozi Esme said...

We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings:

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

cheryl c said...

Thanks so much for the chance to win this book. I absolutely love reading historical romances, and the old American West is one of my favorite settings.

castings at mindspring dot com

jenmmcclure said...

I would love to read this book. It sounds like a fun read.

jenmmcclure at yahoo dot com

carmen sent me

apple blossom said...

Please include me in this drawing. Thanks for the interview.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Julia M. Reffner said...

Would love to read this. I love the old-fashioned advice.

P.S. Your add comment button is kind of hard to find.


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