Sunday, July 4, 2010

Marked for Murder Interview

Today we're welcoming Margo McBride, the heroine of MARKED FOR MURDER by Lauren Nichols, a July 2010 release from Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense.

Wow, you've just had quite an adventure.

1. Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to be in the midst of such suspense.

Believe me, it wasn’t by choice. But when my boss died, I was asked to step in as acting chief of police of our small community. Two years ago, two teenage girls were strangled to death in our pretty little park, so when a third victim was found in the same park days after I assumed command, I knew the Gold Star Killer was back. It became my job to find the person who’d caused so much heartache.

2. So, during the book you met Cole Blackburn. Tell us a bit about him. What was your first impression? When did you know it was love?

Actually, Cole and I met over two years ago when he was still a cop working in a Manhattan precinct. But when he visited my small Pennsylvania hometown, and we met at a carnival of all places, the attraction between us was amazing. Before I knew it, he was working with me in the Charity Police Department, and we were falling in love. But you also asked me to tell you a bit about him, so here goes. He’s a rugged, beautiful man, inside and out, with loads of integrity and a real protective streak. He has a humorous side, but when he thinks he’s right, he can be the most stubborn man on the planet.

3. What strengths/skills do you have? What is your greatest weakness?

Though my weaknesses are many, with God’s help, I think I’m a fairly good cop, a good daughter, and in the end, will be a good wife and partner to Cole. I guess my biggest fault is impatience—an unattractive trait that I’m learning to curb.

4. What scares you?

Finally, an easy answer! I fear losing another person I love. I’ve lost my dad to a stroke, and for a time, lost Cole because of circumstances over which we had no control. At least I believed we had no control at the time.
5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d love to be a better person—a better cop. Two years ago when Cole and I investigated the Gold Star murders, we were unable to bring in the killer. True, we were hampered by our chief of police. But if we’d closed the case then, a warm, giving young woman would still be alive.
6. Where are you in your faith at the start of your story?

I’m ashamed to say that God and I weren’t on the best of terms then. I’d always lived my life according to Jesus’ teachings, did the best I could for my family, friends and church. But when I asked God to spare my dad’s life after his stroke, and then to save my relationship with Cole, my prayers went unanswered. I lost faith in a loving God and shut Him out of my life.

7. Where are you in your faith at the end of the story?

I’m delighted to report that God and I are—in the current vernacular—BFF’s again. Best Friends Forever. I had a lot to learn and accept during this journey.
8. You've got a scripture at the beginning of the story. Tell us why this scripture is significant.
I loved this passage from Colossians because I believe they’re words to live by. “Be gentle and ready to forgive; never hold grudges. Remember the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” Several of the characters in this story needed to be reminded of the importance of forgiveness. Especially me and Cole.

9. If you could be a dessert what would you be and why?
Uh-oh. Back to the tough questions. Okay, I think I’d be a cream puff because in life and in my job, I need to firm—but not unyielding—while inside, I’m a real softie. 

Thank you Lauren for sharing Margo with us today. This sounds like a fun and exciting read.


PamelaTracy said...

I am months behind on my LIS reading, but I've read this one. Very good. And, I got to do what I love to do. Try to figure out who the bad guy was.
I guess right!

Dana Mentink said...

Sounds like a great book!