posted on May 8, 2014 by Margaret Daley

The Things I Do for Research

Dangerous Pursuit-TRRWhen I wrote The Protectors Series (Dangerous Pursuit, Dangerous Interlude and Dangerous Paradise), I wanted to showcase places I had been to in a story. I love traveling and using tidbits I’ve learned in my travels.

In Dangerous Pursuit, my husband and I visited several different jungles so I could experience what it felt like to be in one. Is it possible for a place to be over 100% humidity? A jungle certainly feels like that. I wasn’t in a minute when I began to sweat. The air-conditioned hotel room was heavenly when I got back to the hotel. I didn’t want to leave. The clothes I wore were so mud-splattered that I had to throw them away because I couldn’t get the stains out. And I didn’t even mention I hate snakes. Everywhere I stepped I kept an eye out for one. I shiver even thinking about it today. So it became easy for me to write Samantha being thrust in that alien environment.

Dangerous InterludeTRRIn Dangerous Interlude, I visited Austria (Salzburg) with a friend. What happened to Anna at the beginning of her trip to Austria happened to me (not the kidnapping I’m pleased to announce) but the encounter at the casino on top of the mountain. I loved that trip and Salzburg. I would recommend anyone go to the town. I had fun envisioning a romantic suspense in that setting.

In Dangerous Paradise, my husband and I went to Oahu, Hawaii and I was able to spend some time with a friend who was part Hawaiian and part Swedish and her large family. The scene at the Fourth of July picnic was similar to what my husband and I did with my friend. What I loved was it was for the locals more than tourist.

Dangerous Paradise-TRRThe scene in Dangerous Paradise on the beach on the Fourth of July was where we went to swim several times. It was around the corner from where we stayed. It was amazing to think only six months later in the winter, surfers would be riding in huge waves and the beach where I was would be underwater. I’ve seen pictures of it on television and it isn’t the same place in the winter months.

Where have you gone that has been special to you or an experience you’d like seen written in a book?

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Margaret Daley

Margaret Daley

Margaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense books, Hearts on the Line, won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Contest. Recently she has won the Golden Quill Contest, FHL’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, Holt Medallion and the Barclay Gold Contest. She wrote for various secular publishers before the Lord led her to the Christian romance market. She currently writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired lines, romantic suspense for Abingdon Press and historical romance for Summerside Press. She has sold ninety-two books to date.

Margaret was the President for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization of over 2600 members. She was one of the founding members of the first ACFW local chapter, WIN in Oklahoma. She has taught numerous classes for online groups, ACFW and RWA chapters. She enjoys mentoring other authors.

Until she retired a few years ago, she was a teacher of students with special needs for twenty-seven years and volunteered with Special Olympics as a coach. She currently is on the Outreach committee at her church, working on several projects in her community as well as serving on her church’s vestry.

On a more personal note, she has been married for over forty years to Mike and has one son and four granddaughters. She treasures her time with her family and friends.

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