About Margaret A. Daly:
Margaret A. Daly has many faces: an author, a blogger, a poet, a marketing coordinator for Rukia Publishing and a loving mother and wife. She spends her days and nights surrounded by books, whether she is reading them, for joy and work, or promoting on social media.
Her debut title, Dusgadh: Essence of Life (Book One of The Awakening Series) was self-published in June of 2015 and is available everywhere online. Having written her ﬁrst paranormal fantasy book at the age of forty-three, Margaret Daly has started a wonderful trilogy. Margaret took her life’s encounters and crossed a bridge to a different world with them, a world ﬁlled with untamed power and endless possibilities.
Being raised in the hills of West Sparta, New York, Margaret lost her home and everything in it to ﬁre at a young age. She dove into the dark world as a teenager and from there on spent most of her life wrapped up in unfortunate situations from bad choices. Margaret learned some things aren’t what you expect; some things end up being more.
Now, with her loving husband and four children, a family full of support and love, she has managed to overcome all the oddities thrown at her. Becoming the published author she once dreamed of being as a child but lost track of during this journey we call life.
Margaret is currently working on the second book in this trilogy, and hoping to have it finished and out to the public this year(2016).
What inspires you to write?
Mostly, my family inspires me!
However, I was inspired by a friend when I picked up writing again, after so many years lost. I wanted to write about my life but I didn’t want to tell people my deep, dark secrets. Instead, I attempted to weave a fantasy out of my real life struggles and the demons that popped up around every corner.
Tell us about your writing process.
My first book was written entirely from my mind. I started writing and let my imagination go where it wanted. Of course, I had to do a lot of editing, and re-editing.
I did make a list of key points to make sure I included everything in the story, but only after I had my husband read it in it’s entirety. He marked “questionable” places throughout the story and I went in and explained away.
My second story; well, I made an outline but I really haven’t stuck to it much. Apparently my brain doesn’t work that way. As I write, it takes over and creates new and twisted versions, which I have to go with. Once I start I have to get it all out or I will lose it. If I do stop, I can try picking up where I left off but normally, another new twist begins.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
That is a great question! I have long and drawn out conversations with my characters. (haha) I’ve been known to act out scenes. My husband and children find this very entertaining. My lead character, Ember, is me. It makes things very interesting around my house.
What advice would you give other writers?
My best advice I can give to writer’s has do do with publishing and promoting. Don’t use a vanity publishing house! Self-publish and keep control over your book! Do your research! Make a list of free places to promote your work. Of course you should use some paid services but most definitely prepare yourself to become your own marketing and promotional guru. The writing is what is easy, its getting the book noticed that takes the biggest chunk of your time and effort. Be patient! Don’t give up, and don’t whine about not selling your book(a big no-no) It is your creation, be proud even if you only sell one copy!
Who know’s, maybe one day you will be a true best-selling author!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Again, self-publish! Unless of course a publishing house wants to pay you!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that there will always be a need for Publisher’s. Even though there are many avenues for an author to self-publish, there will always be a place for the traditional publishing company.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: fiction, fantasy, urban, science fiction and Chidren’s
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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