posted on February 17, 2015 by Margaret Daley

Risks Are Scary

By Margaret Daley

To Save Her ChildSometimes playing it safe doesn’t get us where we want to go. Take for an example, falling in love (something romance authors write about all the time) can be a big risk. Can you imagine a world where a couple doesn’t take that risk and fall in love? I would be out of a job. There would be no romances. I’d hate a world without love stories.

The act of writing a book is a risk. An author is putting part of herself on the page for people to read—to like or not. I never thought I had such a risky life until I started thinking about this.

Risks are everywhere in our life, often coupled with decisions we are faced with throughout the day. So how do we navigate through all these decisions and risk choices we are faced with. 1) A Climbing cliffstrong faith—belief system that has formed and grown over the years you have matured into an adult. 2) A plan for your life to help you keep yourself focused and on course. The risks develop when we stray from our plan/purpose. Then we find ourselves in a rocky place. We’re not sure of our footing and often find ourselves falling. 3) Reassessment periodically—we need to be willing to change when it is needed. Life is full of changes, but we have to be careful the change fits in with what we think our plan is.

deadlyholiday_best_lowresAn example of reassessing and changing is the current publishing industry of traditional and self publishing. In the past few years how an author gets her book published has altered. Or rather, now there are more choices for each person, but the writer has to decide, which is best for her and be willing to learn and reassess if it isn’t working.

Risk is part of life. Change is too. But don’t be afraid of either one. They can be good for you—like a new love or a writing career through the self-publishing route.

Check out Margaret’s book at and read about my latest stories: To Save Her Child, Deadly Holiday, The Yuletide Rescue and Her Hometown Hero.

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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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