An Interview with Margaret Daly

The Knight and the Damsel FinalWhat genre(s) do you write in and why?

I write contemporary romances and romantic suspense. My favorite books to read are suspense one and it is my favorite type of story to write.

Tell us about your current series.

Rodeo Knights is a continuity series with one storyline that goes through the three stories and yet each book has a suspense thread that is wrapped up in it. Lisa Mondello has the first book in the series: Her Knight, Her Protector. I have the second one: The Knight and the Damsel and Lenora Worth has the last book called One Knight in Vegas. This series is about three brothers who try to figure out who is sabotaging the rodeo circuit.

What inspired your latest book?

I live in Oklahoma where the rodeo is a big deal. When I research the rodeo, I became interested in bull riding and the people who rode the.

What is your favorite part of writing?

Writing the first draft when the story all comes together with all the surprises.

What is your least favorite part of writing?

Doing edits. Sometimes I read the story so many times I meet myself coming and going.

What is your next project and when will it be released?

Deadly Noel will be out November 30th. It is the fifth book in my Strong Women, Extraordinary Situations, a romantic suspense series. Blurb for Deadly Noel: In this romantic suspense district attorney, Kira Davis, convicted the wrong man—Gabriel Michaels, a single dad with a young daughter. When new evidence was brought forth, his conviction was overturned, and Gabriel returned home to his ranch to put his life back together. Although Gabriel is free, the murderer of his wife is still out there and resumes killing women. In a desperate alliance, Kira and Gabriel join forces to find the true identity of the person terrorizing their town. Will they be able to forgive the past and find the killer before it too late?

How has your experience with self-publishing been?

My experience has been good, especially when I remember I’m in it for the long haul. It is a different kind of challenge. I’m also a traditionally published writer with Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense (Harlequin lines). Each type of publishing offers its challenges and rewards. I like doing both.

What advice do you have for other authors wanting to self-publish?

Write series. Put out a book at least every 3 or 4 months. Remember it takes time to build an audience.

What did you want to be when you were a child?

Did you always know you wanted to be a writer? I wanted to be a teacher as a child and ended up teaching 27 years (I’m retired now). I never thought of being a writer, but I’ve always been a storyteller. I loved making up stories when I was a child.

Please tell my readers a little bit about your book. 

The blurb for The Knight and the Damsel:

Retired champion bull-rider, Michael Knight, leaves his ranch when his younger brother calls for help. Someone is sabotaging and poisoning rodeo animals. Determined to stop them, Michael takes a job in the center of the action as a bullfighter.

Bella Rosenthal is one of the few female bull-riders competing with the men. Someone is harassing her, and Michael decides to solve that case as well, but Bella doesn’t want any help. She insists on taking care of herself until one of her bull rides is sabotaged, and she is nearly killed. Michael and Bella work to find out who is behind what is happening on the rodeo circuit while fighting their growing feelings for each other.

1-Margaret Daley photo small-jpgBio:

Margaret Daley, a USA Today’s Bestselling author of over ninety books (five million sold worldwide), has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love. When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household. To find out more about Margaret visit her website at and connect with her on Facebook at

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