Monday, April 4, 2011

"A Vision of Lucy" from Margaret Brownley & Clash of the Titles

Clash of The Titles

Meet Former Clash of the Titles’ Competitor Margaret Brownley, guest post by Jennifer Slattery

Thrills, mystery, suspense, romance: Margaret Brownley’s penned it all. Nothing wrong with that—except she happened to be writing for the church newsletter. After making the church picnic read like a Grisham novel, her former pastor took me aside and said, "Maybe God's calling you to write fiction." So that’s what she did. She now has nearly 25 novels to her credit, including bestselling and RITA finalist A Lady Like Sarah—not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English. Just don’t ask her to diagram a sentence.

Margaret competed in Clash of the Titles’ Battle of the Blurbs. Her latest novel, A Vision of Lucy is about a girl who seems to find trouble wherever she goes, but with the help of God and the rugged, reclusive David Wolf, she’ll never face adversity alone.

Lucy Fairbanks dreams of working as a photographer at the Rocky Creek newspaper. If she can earn money making photographs, then maybe her father will see that what she does is worthy, more than just a distraction. And her deepest hope is that he’ll see her as an artist, the way he thought of her deceased mother, whose paintings still hung on their walls.

But trouble follows Lucy on every photo shoot: a mess of petticoats and ribbons, an accidental shooting, even a fire.

When Lucy meets David Wolf—a quiet, rustic man who lives on the outskirts of town—she thinks she can catch the attention of the town with his photograph. She doesn’t count on her feelings stirring whenever she’s near him.

Two things happen next that forever change the course of Lucy’s life: David says the words Lucy has longed to hear since her mother died: that she is a compassionate, creative young woman that God made in His image. And in return Lucy helps David change his perspective on an event that wounded him long ago.

God’s arms are around this unlikely couple as they leave behind long-held assumptions and discover the true freedom of forgiveness.

Margaret, that sounds like a great book! Tell us more about it. Where did you get the story idea?

First let me thank you for letting me visit you today. To answer your question, the idea for my current release A Suitor for Jenny came from a meeting notice in an old newspaper for a group called The Society for the Protection and Preservation of Male Independence. I don’t know if the members managed to remain independent in real life but I certainly had fun making sure they didn’t in

A Vision of Lucy (available for preorder) is the third and final book of my Rocky Creek series. I got the idea from an ad in an old newspaper ad (do you see a pattern here?). Julia Shannon of San Francisco took the family portrait to new heights when she shockingly advertised herself as a daguerreotypist and midwife. Lucy’s not a midwife, but after learning that photographs sometimes reveal things not seen by the naked eyes, she takes camera in hand hoping to uncover family secrets.

You have a wonderfully creative imagination. Where and when do you like to write?

I write in my Monet purple office five days a week. Fortunately, I don’t need much sleep. I think I’m what you call hyper. I’m an early riser so you’ll find me parked in front my computer as early as four a.m., coffee in hand—a whole coffee pot. Afternoons are for answering email, exercising, the business of writing and taking care of the necessary details of life. Weekends are for friends, family and dreaming.

Wow, that’s dedicated. What do you enjoy most about being an author?

I love the idea of creating something from absolutely nothing. I can’t knit a sweater without yarn. Nor can I cook a meal without ingredients. I can’t even grow a garden without soil and water. But I can create a book from nothing more than a wisp of an idea and a blank page. I love that!

I also love creating characters and letting them take me to unexpected places.

How does faith play into your writing?

Faith is an essential part of who we are. One of my frustrations in writing for the secular market was not being allowed to explore a character’s faith (or lack of it). I don’t think it’s possible to fully develop a character without including his or her relationship to God.

Thank you so much for chatting with us! We enjoyed having you on Clash of the Titles, and it’s great to keep up with what you’re doing now. I look forward to reading A Vision of Lucy!

Visit to find out more about Margaret and her writing.


  1. Great interview & giveaway!
    I would love to read it!
    Count me in!

  2. I LOVE Margaret's books! I would love to read this! joyfulhutch(at)msn(dot)com

  3. Thanks, Dawn and Margaret for the interview and chance to win A Vision of Lucy...The plot sounds exciting! mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com
    from Arizona

  4. Would love to win the book. Am a follower by GFC and am a subscriber by email.
    I posted this to my blog:

    dancealert at aol dot com

  5. I think I'd really enjoy this one, being a photographer myself. :) Please enter me to win.

    ryssmiles[at]yah oo[dot]com

  6. Interesting idea, the photograph shows more than what can be seen by the naked eye. Hmmmm... Makes me want to get my camera out!

    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  7. Thought I'd pop in and say hello. I wish you could all win a book! If you win a copy of Lucy it will take awhile before you get it because I won't get my author copies until closer to the pub date in June.

    Anyone going to the Romantic Times Convention in L.A.? That's where I'm heading today and I've got lots of goodies to giveaway. Hee-haw! Talk to you all soon!

  8. this sounds like a great read!

  9. I enjoyed this interview and am happy that Christian fiction is available that allows the author to write about a character's faith. I love reading books about the journey to come to faith in Christ. I too am an early morning person and enjoy being alone in the quiet hours of the morning with my cats and my God. :) I would love to be entered to win a copy of A VISION OF LUCY. christianbookreviewer (at)gmail (dot) com

  10. Another one added to the wishlist!! I am going to have to step up my game if I am going to read all the books I want to!!! Would love a chance to win this one. margie at mijares dot net

  11. I loved this interview and her books! Please enter me :)


  12. would love to read this story...thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  13. YAY! Another book from Margaret. I love her books. I'm in for this one.


  14. I really loved this interview...loved how you came to write fiction. Please include me!


  15. Another book that sounds like such a interesting read. Please enter me.


  16. Thanks for a great interview! I worked in professional wedding photography for many years, so I can identify with your heroine. I'd love to be entered for a copy!!! Thanks for the giveaway.

  17. Great article, thank you for posting the interview! I agree with Ms. Brownley's comment regarding faith with her characters. I look forward to reading her books!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win :)

    stephanloves2write at gmail dot com

  18. please enter me

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  19. This sounds like a wonderful book! I would love to win a copy! I can relate to Margaret's frustration (from the interview) of not being able to share the depth of her faith with a secular audience. As a retired public school teacher, I often felt the same way.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  20. Oops! I forgot to include that I'm an email subscriber.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  21. A Vision of Lucy sounds lovely and encouraging, please add me!
    I'm a subscriber.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com