Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Love and Laughter with Margaret Brownley - Day One!


BEST-SELLING AUTHOR MARGARET BROWNLEY has penned more than forty novels and novellas. 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 at work on a new series. Her next book, Left at the Altar, will be published in the fall of 2016. Not bad for someone who flunked eighth grade English. Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence.

Margaret, it’s great to have you at Novel PASTimes today. Could you share with us some of the surprises you’ve encountered along the road to publishing?
Thank you for having me. The biggest surprise is that I’m not rich and famous. Seriously, I’m surprised by all the changes that have taken place since I started writing. I wrote my first book on a typewriter—remember those? I had to go to the printer and make copies before I could send out a manuscript. After standing in line at the post office to mail it, I then had to babysit the mailbox waiting for a response. Now I just push the “send” button. It’s that easy.

Please tell us something about your latest novel, Calico Spy.

Calico Spy is the third book in my Undercover Ladies series (the books stand alone so they don’t have to be read in order). Someone is killing off the Harvey Girls and undercover Pinkerton detective Katie Madison hopes to find the killer before the killer finds her—or before she burns down the restaurant trying.



Calico Spy is set in the Old West, in 1880 Kansas. What drew you to write about this time period and the location of your story?

It was necessary to set the story in Kansas in 1880 for historical accuracy. I originally wanted to set the book in Texas, but the timing didn’t work out. My heroine is working undercover at a Harvey House and the first Texas Harvey House wasn’t built until 1897. That posed a problem as Allan Pinkerton died in 1884 and his female detective division was disbanded when his sons took over.



Have you found there are similar themes throughout your writing? Why? Or why not?

I read somewhere that every writer has but one theme and it’s written subconsciously. I didn’t think too much about that until my former agent pointed out the number of abandonment themes running through my stories. I prided myself on writing different themes so this was a shocker. It made me realize that I had issues in that department stemming from my childhood. This explains why I felt abandoned even when the goldfish died.

As I’m answering this question I’m thinking about Calico Spy and just realized there’s a very strong abandonment theme running through it having to do with the hero’s son. Oh, well, my next book, Left at the Altar isn’t about abandonment….uh…oops!

What drew you to writing historical novels?

We look forward to hearing more from Margaret Brownley tomorrow. Please enter the Rafflecopter drawing below for a print or ebook copy of Calico Spy with the following restrictions: Only open to US residents and you must be 18 years or older to enter. Thank you for your cooperation! 


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24 comments:

Deanna Stevens said...

Oh, my.. I am looking at a 2foot stack of books to review & my Kindle is overflowing! So many good books and so little time. I have read Margaret's first two books and I NEED to read the Calico Spy too!! I will probably give my grandchildren books :)
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Margaret Brownley said...

Deanna, I know what you mean by stacks of books! I'm running out of space! Books are a great gift for grandchildren. I just ordered the latest Wimpy Kid for one of my own.

Susan P said...

I just love your books!! They are always a fabulous read for me. I have three bookshelves in my library/homeschool room full, one full one in the hallway and one half full in my bedroom. Some of these are kids books, but we adore reading. I have about 500 on my kindle. My review pile is about 6 high. Lol. That is my story and I'm sticking to it!!

Wendy Newcomb said...

I would guess that I have at least 400 books on bookshelves, not counting the small stacks by my computer or the books on my Kindle, lol. I do prefer paperbacks to e-books, which do you prefer?

I love the Pinkerton stories, thank you for the chance to win one.

wfnren at aol dot com

Mama Cat said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win! I don't have plans of giving books for Christmas, but that could change. My sister and my aunt are the only two people that regularly read, other than fellow reviewers. Occasionally my sis and I send Kindle books when we see something fun. My book hoarding? Oh, let's not talk about that. My tablet and Kindle runneth over! And I loved the first book in this series, have the 2nd as TBR, but would be happy to read this sooner if I won it! jeaniedannheim *at* ymail (dot) com

Margaret Brownley said...

Hi Susan, I'm laughing. Six feet high, eh? It seems like we're all candidates for readers anonymous.

Margaret Brownley said...

Hi Wendy, I read both eBooks and print. I use my Kindle primarily on the treadmill as it's easier to push a button when exercising than it is to turn a page. I prefer reading research in print so I can mark up the pages. Good luck!

Margaret Brownley said...

Hi Mama Cat, I often wonder what people do who don't read. Nothing is more pleasurable than to sink into a good book. As one hoarder to another, thank you for stopping by--and good luck!

traveler said...

Reading has always been my prime form of entertainment. I give books to many people, including my very young grandchildren who love receiving these treasures. I hope that they will continue to appreciate reading and books as i have all my life. I have bookshelves in the den which soothe my soul. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Pam K. said...

Since I don't want to get up and actually go count them, I'm going to estimate there are at least 30 books in my "to read" pile. There are many, many more on my Kindle. I have several book shelves full of "keeper" books, though I do try to go through them now and then to find ones to donate so I'll have room for new acquisitions. Do you get the idea that I love books? I grew up in a home full of books, so I come by this naturally, and have passed this trait on to my children. Yes, I am giving books for Christmas (and receiving some too. I've trained my kids right).
Margaret Brownley is one of my favorite authors, though I haven't yet been able to read any of the books in this series (they are on my "wish list").
I'd love to win Calico Spy.

pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

Margaret Brownley said...

Hi Traveler, I like what you said about books soothing the soul. That's so true! Thank you for sharing.

Margaret Brownley said...

Hi Pam K, yes you qualify as a serious reader! I love that you're giving books for Christmas. So am I!

Blue Jeans And Teacups said...

Omg! I have so many books in my TBR piles...dresser, nightstandS, etc. I just live books and can't wait for your latest :)

Blue Jeans And Teacups said...

Omg! I have so many books in my TBR piles...dresser, nightstandS, etc. I just live books and can't wait for your latest :)

Kim Amundsen said...

If we are guessing about 200 and counting. Yes I love to read.

Rachael Koppendrayer said...

Oh dear . . . rough estimate, we must have easily 100 in our tiny apartment, but I'm betting between my husband and myself, we have three to four times that stored with my parents. And I even go through and purge on occasion. When forced.

rachaeldalquist AT yahoo DOT com

Kathleen Rouser said...

Thank you all for your wonderful comments!

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