Maggie Brendan has published many books and they are centered on the wild west!! In fact, she just had a book released on February 17th called The Trouble with Patience. The link is in the pic for Amazon. Please check it out!! (: Her books are VERY reasonably priced too.
I will be posting my review later on today, but for now, let’s get this show on the ROAD!
The rules are simple: I ask Maggie some random questions. She replies and then I give my answers. Each winning answer is worth one point and I get to decide whose answer is better.
It’s my blog.
Here we go!
1. What’s your favorite board/card game?
Maggie – Scrabble, but this author has a hard time coming up with words when I have letters like, uqeohz! Lol. Seems odd, but hubby always beats me. Guess I just like the challenge.
Charity – Hmm. Considering that I want am a wee bit competitive, I usually shy away from playing too many games. When I was growing up, we had a fun gamed called The Farming Game. We must have played that a thousand times. It was kinda like a mix between monopoly and life, but with a farm?! ha ha
2. What was your favorite book growing up?
Maggie – Little Women when I was really young, then my all-time favorite and still is—Gone With the Wind.
Charity – I think I confessed this in another face off. I loved this book called The Chataine’s Guardian. I mean, it looks normal enough, right? Well, a few years ago I decided to look for it and see if I could find a copy to read it again. It was most unfortunate that it happened to look like this really weirdo book (that I made really tiny because it’s so bad!). I mean, that’s one of the creepiest covers I have ever seen!!!! My boys and husband love to pull it out and laugh at me. “I like the book you are reading…hahahahaha” You know…*shrug* what can ya do?!
— You win that one big time. Classy Lit vs scary covers…
Charity 0 / Maggie 1
3. Breakfast food of choice?
Maggie – Grits with lots of butter and biscuit with Blackberry jelly!
Charity – Whew! You sound southern through and through!!!! Truthfully, I HATE MORNINGS, which means, I HATE MAKING BREAKFAST! Sometimes we will make breakfast foods for dinner, but usually it’s a granola bar or something that requires zero work. Heaven forbid I do any work!!
— Yeah. I don’t get that point either…
Charity 0 / Maggie 2
4. Best Prank, or funniest thing that happened (even accidental)?
Maggie – I can’t seem to think of one.
Charity – wha?! Oh my word. Ok, so this is a freebie for me!! There are so many to choose from. I think one of the most fun pranks was in college 20 YEARS AGO when my friend, Tom, went home for the weekend. So, we raided the guys dorm and stole most of his clothes (sweatshirts, t-shirts, gym shorts…those types of things). He wasn’t allowed to get them back until we had worn them. So, not only did he have to wait to get them, he got them back dirty. ha!
Charity 1 / Maggie 2
5. Did you go through a really rebellious stage growing up?
Maggie – Nope! I was a perfect little angel. Ha ha. Actually, I’m the youngest of eight, so my brothers wouldn’t dare let my mama spank me. They would scoop me up and run with me.
Charity – Aw! That’s so cute that they adored you. Well, I was very rebellious. Didn’t fall in love with Jesus until I was 24. So, my teenage years were pretty rough.
— I need to pick major rebels so that I can win!
Charity 1 / Maggie 3
6. What’s the biggest way God has shown Himself to you?
Maggie – Allowing my dream from childhood of writing a book and seeing it in print. Eight books now and I’m writing the ninth. His hand has been on my writing for years guiding me and opened doors that I never would have dreamed of. It had to be Divine direction because on my own I really can’t do much of anything. He’s my friend day in and day out, seeing me through the good and the bad.
Charity – Wow. That is so cool. I love it when you have that relationship where it’s like you walk outside and it’s gorgeous and you are kinda like, “Wow, God! This is great! Thanks!!”. You know. Just that close friendship and adoration.
He showed Himself to me in a major way when I was pregnant and a single mom. It was a really scary situation where the “daddy donor” wanted to kill us and was making these terrible threats. He had a lot of money and there was no way we could win. God stepped in and made a way when no way was possible. I will have to share my testimony sometime because nobody could ever convince me there isn’t a God after that!!!!
— No way to win as long as God is IT. Tie.
7. What would be the best and what would be the worst part of living in the 1800’s western frontier?
Maggie – The best part would be a slower pace of life that I long for. Folks weren’t bombarded with constant instant gratification of internet, TV, FB, cell phones, etc. Not having medicine for pain or antibiotics to clear up even pneumonia or pulling a rotten tooth would be the worst because infection meant death! We have so much technology today it rarely gives a person time to daydream and I think that’s more therapeutic and I need it.
Charity – I completely agree. It would be nice if life was more…simple. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t know how I would live after having the technology we have now, but it must have been nice. People actually taking care of their neighbors and loving God. The worst would be CHILDBIRTH!!!!
— another tie!
8. Would you even go on those PBS shows where they have the people live like that time of history for a month or two and film it?
Maggie – No. That doesn’t appeal to me at all. I’ve watched those on PBS and it’d be hard, especially once you’re used to living in this Century. Now if they were filming one of my stories, you betcha!
Charity – I think it might be fun!! What an adventure. I am sure it would be so difficult. With my health, there’s no way I could do it. However, it sounds so fun. I would love to do the Regency House Party one. *sigh*
— I think it’s another tie! What in the world….
9. Stay home and read by the fireplace with hubby next to you, or go out to dinner and a movie?
Maggie – Both are mighty appealing to me today, especially since Atlanta has snow today. I love to sit by the fireplace and read, but we only go out to movies when there’s a burning desire to see a particular movie. If there’s a big screen western, I’ll be there.
Charity – I hear ya! I could stay on my couch reading a book all day long, forever and be totally happy. I do enjoy my monthly date with my hubby though. We go out to our favorite restaurant and then we go see a movie. Love it. And our theaters have reclining lazy-boy type chairs. OMGosh. It’s amazing!!
— I think we have too much in common for this game???!!!
10. My Grandmother (as in, my Dad’s mom..not further back!!) moved out west with her parents in a WAGON TRAIN! Any stories like that in your family?
Maggie – Not that I know of, however, I used to dream of living in CO so when my first baby was three months old we left the South for an architectural job my husband found in Denver. I LOVE the Rocky Mountains and we lived there for 7 ½ years before moving to GA.
Charity – oh oh! I got this one. Ok, as I already said, my Grandma moved out west in a wagon train when she was little!!! That blows my mind. I also had a grandpa in the Civil War and one in the Revolutionary War. I am not sure how many “greats” back them were, but it’s still pretty cool!!!
— woo hoo! I finally got one (:
Charity 2 / Maggie 3
11. Lastly, how do you feel you are bringing God the most glory in your life?
Maggie – I hope that I’m doing that with each book I write. I strive to create clean stories of romance to show readers how God can work in their lives through any trials that may come their way. My prayer is to write fun, romantic stories of faith with a slice of western history added to the mix. When I receive a letter from a reader and it says they have started reading their Bible again after reading one of my books, then God is glorified, isn’t He?
Charity – Absolutely! He gave you those desires and you are fulfilling them. He gets the glory. I feel the same way. God gave me desires and as long as I do them in His strength and point to Him in every way, He wins. I always want that. No matter how small a problem, I want to try to find a way to bring Him glory in it.
Charity 2 / Maggie 3
Thank you, SO MUCH, Maggie for your time (: This was a lot of fun and I look forward to reviewing your book later on. In the meantime, all of you readers need to check out some of her other books!