Saving Hope, Men of the Texas Rangers Series #1Saving Hope, Men of the Texas Rangers Series #1
Margaret Daley
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When a teenager goes missing from the Beacon of Hope School, Texas Ranger Wyatt Sheridan and school director Kate Winslow are forced into a dangerous struggle against a human trafficking organization. But the battle brings dire consequences as Wyatt's daughter is terrorized and Kate is kidnapped.

Now it's personal, and Wyatt finds both his faith and investigative skills challenged as he fights to discover the mastermind behind the ring before evil destroys everyone he loves.
     


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Favorite Verse: Psalm 62:7b New King James version - The rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.


 

 Our Interview with Margaret Daley


 

Please tell us a bit about yourself.

I have been writing for over thirty years. This is the thirtieth year anniversary of my first sale. I have sold 75 books to date with two thirds of them in the Christian market. I did start out as a secular writer, but the Lord had other ideas for me.

Outside of writing, I am the president of American Christian Fiction Writers and a wife, mother and grandmother. I love to travel when I have the time and spend time with my family and friends. For twenty-seven years I taught children with special needs and loved that job. I retired, and now I am writing full time.

What is your favorite Bible verse (translation too, please)? Why?

That is a hard question because there are so many verses I love depending on what I am dealing with at the time. I supposed the one that speaks to me the most is:
The rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Psalm 62:7b New King James version

When I’m dealing with a challenge, I keep coming back to the fact that God is my refuge and my strength. It helps to get me through the difficult times.

How did you come up with the concept for Saving Hope?
 
I truly believe God gave it to me. This was a story I had to tell. I had worked for many years as a high school teacher. I have seen and dealt with troubled teens. When I began to read and hear more and more about the human trafficking going on in the United States, especially with children and teens, I knew I had to tell a story about it. If I can stop one teen from being a victim, I have accomplished what I set out to do. If I can inform parents and others about the issue, then I have done what I wanted. 

What was your inspiration to develop the story Saving Hope?

The teens I’ve worked with--I want the best for them.

How much of the story is historical fact?

The story is purely fictional, but it is based on what is happening in the United States and other parts of the world.

What is the background of the Texas Rangers?  Do they still exist?

The Texas Rangers still exist and doing a great job. They are part of the state police in Texas. It is hard to become one. There are only 144 Texas Rangers to cover the state of Texas. They have a long history in Texas. They first started in 1823.

 

How did you get involved with writing about the Texas Rangers?

They have fascinated me and the more I read about them the more I wanted to write about them. I have visited with them. They are a very professional group of law enforcers.

Have the Texas Rangers endorsed this series?

I never asked them to endorse it. I hadn’t thought to. I did ask the Texas Ranger I talked to in depth if I could dedicate the book to him, and he agreed.

Do you have a favorite character in Saving Hope? Why?

Kate Winslow, the heroine, runs a shelter for girls who have been on the street as prostitutes--many trapped in a situation they couldn’t get out of, especially without help. She gives them a second chance--hope for their future.

How much research did Saving Hope take?
 
A lot--law enforcement procedures, the Texas Rangers, how children get caught up in prostitution rings (so many forced), what kind of help there is for them. When I started this four years ago with a idea, I didn’t see a lot of information and books at first. Now I see people are more aware, and you see more about rings being broken up across the country.

What are the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing Saving Hope?

There is a wonderful program in California called the Children of the Night which tries to help these teens have a second chance. Researching the Texas Rangers was fascinating. I admire people who help protect society.

Based on the premise of the story, was it hard to write when you researched the darker side of history?

I’ve been a suspense writer for years and read and research such dark things as serial killers. But when people hurt and abuse children that is even worse. Children should be loved and protected. So yes, it was hard--very hard.

How many books will be in the Men of the Texas Rangers Series?

There are three in the series. The second one will be out in August 2012 called Saving Grace. It is set along the border of Texas with Mexico. Its theme is about the different types of bullies we deal with.

What are some of the challenges you face as an author?

Finding the time to write all I want to write.

What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?

Creating the story--when the story unfolds for me.

What clubs or organizations are you involved with helping with your writing?

I am president of American Christian Fiction Writers. ACFW is an organization for Christian fiction writers with around 2500 members. I’m also a member of the local ACFW chapter, WIN. I belong to Romance Writers of America and a couple of local chapters of that organization. Both of them have helped me a lot in my writing career.

What new projects are on the horizon?

I will be writing the third book in the Men of the Texas Rangers. By the way there are a few women who are Texas Rangers but most of them are men. This third one I have titled Saving Justice.

What message would you like your readers to take from reading Saving Hope?
 
Not to give up hope. Hope is one of the greatest gifts God gives us. It is what keeps us going when we want to give up.

What were your favorite books as a child?

Nancy Drew mysteries--I read them all.

What is your greatest achievement?

This is another hard question. I think my greatest achievement is when I can touch another’s life for the better.

What do you do to get away from it all?

I love to travel and have been many places. I love to read and escape in a good book. I also love to go to the movies and lunch with friends. But mostly doing things with my family--I have four granddaughters who keep me young.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Whatever you stride to do, don’t give up.