Best-selling author Margaret Brownley has penned nearly forty historical novels. Her books have won numerous awards, including Readers' Choice and Award of Excellence. She's a former Romance Writers of American RITA® finalist and has written for a TV soap. She is currently working on a new series. Not bad for someone who flunked eighth grade English. Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence.
Margaret is giving away a copy of her new novel, Undercover Bride. To enter the drawing for a chance to win, click the link at the end of this post.
Welcome to PASTimes. Tell us a little about what you write.
Thank you so much for having me. I write historical romances that take place mainly in the Old West. I especially like writing romance because you can explore every possible theme known to mankind through the relationship of two people falling in love. I always wanted to write mysteries but my publishers wouldn't let me. So I compensate by adding a mystery to my romance novels.
Are you a full-time writer or do you hold a day job? What is the biggest challenge/obstacle you face in protecting your writing time?
Early in my writing career I worked, but now I write full time. The biggest challenge to protecting my writing time is me! It's easier now because I have deadlines and that keeps me focused, but it wasn't always that way. My family and friends know that my serious writing time is during morning hours, and they all respect that. When my children were still living at home they knew not to bother me when I was writing unless their hair was on fire.
What historical time periods interest you the most and how have you immersed yourself in a particular time period?
I’m fascinated by the similarities between the 19th century and current times. The 1800s saw its share of bank failures, recessions, depressions and wars. Technology changed the way people lived back then just as it has today. The railroad made a big impact and so did electricity and the telephone. The telegram has been called the Victorian Internet and for good reason.
Then as now women were doing fascinating things and two actually ran for president. Even the recent police problems are rooted in the past. The Pinkerton National Detective Agency (which I write about in my Undercover Ladies series) was accused of brutality and its once adoring public turned against them. If you want to know what problems people faced during the 1800s just turn on the news.
Maggie Cartwright is a Pinkerton detective working undercover as a mail order bride.
She's "engaged" to marry Garrett Thomas, suspected of being the notorious Whistle Stop bandit. If she doesn't find the money stolen from the train before the wedding she could end up as his wife!
What are you working on now?
I finished the 3rd and last book in my Undercover Ladies series and have just completed Left at the Altar, the first book in a new series. I'm now working on book two.
You can read the rest of Margaret Brownley's interview tomorrow. She is giving away a copy of her new novel Undercover Bride. To enter the drawing, click the box below and follow the instructions.
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