Title: A Vision of Lucy
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Cover blurb:Anything can happen when posing for Lucy—and usually does.
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 editor with his photograph.
But instead of landing her a job, Lucy’s photograph starts a chain of events that uncovers the truth about David’s past that left him deeply scarred. For David the truth turns out to be more painful than the lies—especially when it keeps him from the woman he loves.
1) How did this story come to you?
Oddly enough it was an advertisement in an old newspaper that sparked the inspiration for my heroine Lucy Fairbanks. Julia Shannon of San Francisco took the family portrait to new heights when she shockingly advertised herself as a daguerreotypist and midwife.
Lucy doesn’t deliver babies but she does take herself to new heights—literarily—in search of the perfect photo.
2) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I was chased by outlaws, started a stampede and burned down a church. Oh, wait, that wasn’t me—that was Lucy!
3) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
My story “Snow Angel” will appear in the Log Cabin Christmas collection in September. The first book in my Last Chance Ranch series is scheduled for publication March 2012. I am currently working on book 2 in the series.
4) Parting comments?
Thank you so much for letting me visit with you today—it’s been a pleasure.
5) Where can fans find you on the internet?
I’d love you to visit me at the old homestead at http://www.margaretbrownley.com/. You might want to check out my reader contest.