Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Love and Laughter with Margaret Brownley - Day Two!


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.

Welcome back, Margaret!What drew you to writing historical novels?

I started writing contemporaries but my agent suggested I try my hand at a historical. That’s when I found my literary voice. I especially like writing about the Old West and the hopes and dreams of those early pioneers.

If you’re anything like I am, one favorite book is hard to pick! Do you have two or three top picks among the historical genre that you would care to recommend?


Oh, my goodness, there’re so many. I noticed there’re a lot of World War II novels lately and I recently read All the Light I Cannot See and Kristen Hannah’s The Nightingale. Right now I’m reading The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, which is both a historical and contemporary. As for westerns, anything by Jodi Thomas and Linda Lael Miller is a must read.

What do you consider the best resources for historical research?


My home library is the best resource. I have something like 2000 print books and my shelves runneth over. These are research books. The public library has rules about marking up books so I have to purchase my own. I also like reading 19th century newspapers. They really give a flavor of the times.

What or who inspired you to write inspirational fiction? How does that keep you plodding ahead with your writing each day?


For years I stayed away from inspirational fiction because some of the early books I read in the genre were too preachy. Fortunately, a friend persuaded me to give them another try. Actually, it’s readers who keep me plodding, not to mention deadlines.

Do you feel you are more of a character driven or plot driven writer? How do you think it comes across in your writing?


I’m a big believer in letting characters drive the plot, otherwise the stories feel forced. This is especially important when writing humor. That’s why I don’t outline. I just dive into the characters and trust them to do the driving.



What helps you maintain productivity as a writer? And what do you find most challenging about the business of being an author?


I enjoy bringing characters to life. I guess you could say it’s an obsession. I read something, hear or see something and the creative juices start flowing.

The most challenging part for me is book promotion. I’m not good at small talk which pretty much makes me Facebook challenged.

Okay I told you how many books I’m hoarding. Now tell me how many you have on hand. On your reading device? Piled by your bed? On the bookshelves? Do any of you plan on giving books as Christmas presents?

Thank you, Margaret, for joining us at Novel PASTimes. It has been a privilege to interview you.




Here's where you can connect with Margaret:


Website: http://margaret-brownley.com/

Facebook: https://business.facebook.com/MargaretBrownleyAuthor/timeline/?business_id=1570988766476777

Purchase links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Margaret-Brownley/e/B002BLN5A8/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/author/margaret-brownley/id364639108?mt=11

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13 comments:

Susan P said...

Thanks for sharing with us! When I recounted my hoarding of books yesterday, I completely forgot to count the ones in boxes in the basement. *sigh* I won't even try to guess how many that is. ;)

Deanne Patterson said...

With me being such a reader you better believe I always give books as gifts. Some people I give books to are readers and appreciate them but some I am trying to encourage to become more of a reader.

Kathleen Rouser said...

Hi Susan and Deanne,

Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting today. I understand not counting
all your books, Susan. I'm sure I'd miss some of mine if I tried to.

Deanne, I've done the same--trying to share a good read with another reader and
encourage those who don't read as much to read more by giving books as gifts!

Kathy Anderson said...

I just went through a purging of my books begrudgingly. My father decided I had to many books and insisted I sell some of ghem. I made $200 with nothing priced over a $1 except for my Shakespeare and Dickens anthologies. Regrettably, before I could retrieve the books that didn't sell my brother's friend had taken them to a rescue mission in town. I had 6 boxes full. I have maybe 100 books on my shelves and 400 on my Kindle. I have always had great difficulty writing papers but I have plenty of ideas for books. I think my cousin's testimony while fighting cancer would be an inspiring book to write.

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Kathy Anderson said...

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Kathy Anderson said...

I just went through a purging of my books begrudgingly. My father decided I had to many books and insisted I sell some of ghem. I made $200 with nothing priced over a $1 except for my Shakespeare and Dickens anthologies. Regrettably, before I could retrieve the books that didn't sell my brother's friend had taken them to a rescue mission in town. I had 6 boxes full. I have maybe 100 books on my shelves and 400 on my Kindle. I have always had great difficulty writing papers but I have plenty of ideas for books. I think my cousin's testimony while fighting cancer would be an inspiring book to write.

Margaret Brownley said...

Hi Susan, yes I can see why you might forgotten to count some books. I just discovered I bought a book I already had on my shelf.

Margaret Brownley said...

Deanne, I like giving and receiving books as gifts. What fun it is to choose just the right book for a friend.

Kathy, think of how many books you can buy with $200! Maybe one day you'll put some of those ideas on paper!

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