She obtained her degree in nursing from Yavapai Community College and a Bachelor in Health Care Management at the Tempe site for Ottawa University. She has practiced nursing for over thirty four years throughout four different states, in both rural and metropolitan settings. She uses her background in healthcare in many things she writes.
Save the Child is contemporary reality fiction. The Johnsons are a typical blended American family who reside in Gilbert Arizona. They grapple with one of the Parents VS State issues that have been in recent news. They examine their values as well as their faith as they battle to save their daughter Sharon from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Nancy wants to use naturopathy to treat the child. She strongly opposes chemotherapy. Exploration of conventional medicine and alternative healthcare, parent’s rights verses our current legal system and government bureaucracies dominate the plot. Robert is changing careers mid-life and attending the last year of law school and works part time at law firm. They have run out of Cobra insurance and are very tight financially. Abby, their fifteen year old teen, uses the family car to try to meet a date she makes via internet and she has a tragic accident. She ends up in a coma and is hospitalized midst the medical and legal battle for Sharon. The youngest child, Ben, five years old, attends kindergarten. He feels lost in the shuffle. Phyllis is Nancy’s mother. Ongoing struggles between mother and daughter heighten the drama. Phyllis ends up being the angel of salvation for Abby and Ben and the reasoning factor between Nancy and Robert who edge on divorce due to all the stress and grief. Grandma ends up being the glue for the generation gap and the marriage.
Save the Child is Margaret’s first novel. Sharon’s toy elephant from this story inspired her children’s picture book: Elsie Goes to the Hospital, which is currently being illustrated.
MARGARET: New York Best Selling Romantic Suspense Author Brenda Novak. I became involved with her on-line auction to raise money for Diabetes Research and was very impressed with the Suspense Novel she wrote using her experience as a mother of a juvenile diabetic: Every Waking Moment. Her fervor to raise money for diabetic research spurred my interest in forming Writers Unite to Fight Cancer with authors and colleagues I know and we chose American Association for Cancer Research (www.aacr.org) to be our charity. Five of my author friends joined me and we donated books to the Brenda Novak Online Auction last May - as well as our Producer/Publisher and Editor who offered editing services to that auction. We added more author and held a silent auction as Writers Unite to Fight Cancer during the Goodfellow Publishing Services Book Launch on November 4th. Five of the Eight Authors were LDS. All of us are women. All of us have been touched by cancer. This morning I participated in another books sale to raise money for the AACR for Writers Unite to Fight Cancer and we have more events already on the calendar for 2011.
Another author who has influenced me greatly is Jodi Piccoult.
LDSWBR: What books are you giving/asking for this Christmas?
MARGARET: My gift to most people this year will be a copy of Save the Child. I have purchased some children's books and YA books from LDS authors that I give for gifts.
I buy all of Janette Rallison's books for my nieces. (Of course I read them first.) James Dashner's books are favorites for my nephews.
I would like to receive new books by Jodi Piccoult, and I have several LDS authors I love to read, some of my favorites are Jenni Hansen, Betsy Brannon Green, Rachel Anne Nunes.
LDSWBR: If you could only participate in one Holiday activity or tradition this year, what would it be?
MARGARET: Being together with family.
LDSWBR: Eggnog or warm apple cider?
MARGARET: Apple Cider.
LDSWBR: Margaret, thank you very much!
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