They Called Me Margaret by Florence Osmund
Margaret Manning has spent the better part of her life conforming to the expectations of other people—first her father, then her husband. Breaking away from this ruinous tradition, she becomes a cozy mystery writer and decides to open her own bookstore—The Indie Book Nook. But when her husband mimics the behaviors of some of the more unscrupulous characters in her books, she fears that she is losing him, or even worse that she is losing her mind.
While abandonment is nothing new to Margaret—she hasn’t seen or heard from her mother since she was six years old—the fear of losing her husband is devastating. She struggles to find the strength to mend her shattered marriage while also coping with obscure health issues, her daughter’s precarious behavior, a disingenuous neighbor, and an unpredictable mother-in-law.
Who in Margaret’s life is friend and who is foe is not always apparent, and it’s up to her to figure it all out.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult audiences
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 3 – PG-13
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I love to create stories about difficult situations in peoples' lives–relatable situations that require critical decision-making and have multiple outcomes given the choices made. I want readers to question the main character's decisions and ponder what they would do in a similar situation.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The protagonist in "They Called Me Margaret" was relatively easy to conceptualize and develop since she is a novelist like me. She wants to be her own person for once in her life, and I wanted roadblocks for her, so what better way than to have a sketchy husband and disingenuous neighbor. And who doesn't like to read about someone else's quirky mother-in-law?
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